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Shopping for the Occasion

It’s strange, I know, but as much as I love fashion and adore dressing up, I sort of loathe shopping. I’m a priss about shuffling through racks and racks of hangers, and I hate trying on clothes, one after the other. It’s exhausting to me, and quite honestly, no fun at all. So to significantly decrease my time and effort spent on such a dreadful activity, I’ve turned to online shopping for about 70% of everything books, music, or clothing that I buy (and for about as long as I’ve had my own checking account now).

This, of course, has its pros and cons too. No, I can’t try on clothes or shoes before I buy them; yes, this occasionally results in having to send them back. Yes, there’s MUCH more variety and choice involved, but no, I am not tempted to spend every penny on clothes. Yes, I can shop pretty much whenever and wherever  please, but actually, I’ve come up with a semi-workable solution to that problem (yes, being able to shop whenever and wherever is a problem; one could browse her life away!): I shop for occasions. With the obvious exception of wardrobe essentials and seasonal staples, I only buy clothes or shoes for specific events happening in my life. I mean, these events can be as small as “I lost three pounds; I’m celebrating” or as major as a friend’s wedding, a big party, an important meeting at work. It makes the outfit meaningful from that moment on, but not so special that the outfit can’t be worn again and again.

My example for today is the dress I bought for Valentine’s Day this year. It came from ModCloth, which is a site that is easy to browse but slightly more difficult to buy from (and get it right); however, I am confident this little number will be a killer addition to my closet, and more importantly, to our V-Day dinner date.

Without further ado, “The Missing the Pacific Dress:”

Ima look goooood

Also, I’ll probably wear it with the black peep-toe heels I bought for my boyfriend’s band’s NYE show. See the picture I posted of them a while back here.

I just ordered it today, so it’ll probably be on my doorstep Friday afternoon. Maybe I’ll post a follow-up with pictures from the evening. And now, we wait.

Fall Shoes

ModCloth is definitely one of my favorite places to buy clothes, but the fundamental issue with the whole system is that there is no physical store.  I know in this day and age that an entirely online shop can thrive (i.e. ModCloth), but it’s always such a major frustration to get a new dress in the mail, and try it on, only to find that it’s too big or it just doesn’t fit right or it doesn’t look the way you imagined it.  And don’t get me wrong: most of the time, I think ModCloth has done nearly everything that it could do to prevent these sorts of disappointments, i.e. precise measurements, reliable buyer reviews, detailed descriptions, and most importantly, free returns, but there is also another consolation I have discovered.  Shoes.  I have found that for some reason I can gage which shoes are going to fit and which are going to look best on me.  And the best part is that while ModCloth is occasionally a little price-y for the quality of apparel they sell, their shoes fall into a surprisingly moderate range.  So, in my anticipation of autumn, I have gathered a sampling of a few of my favorites available so far this season.  Enjoyyy.


Yes, I am very aware that this first pair is pretty absurd.  But I’m trying to cover the spectrum.  So let’s move on.  Below, incredibly memorable pair of statement-makers.

little bit of the got-run-over look

These next two pairs are a little more formal, I think.  The red ones are so festive, and the heels are just plain business fabulous.

modern day Jo March

these mean business

These ankle boots are fantastic.  So chic and clean-cut.  And they look comfortable, which is a definite plus.

o, ankle boots!

The next two pairs are big favorites.  First of all, the platforms are super sexy and I just love the color.  And the flats are just adorable (even though I probably have 4 pairs of brown flats).

madly in love

add to my collection of cute brown flats

And lastly, these sweet old boots.

19th century, anyone?

Like I said though, this is a teensy cross-section of the pairs I have my eye on.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and a good part of that opinion comes from the cool fashion that accompanies it.  I promise to post any outfits I put together with these in them.

A great friend of mine once said of me: “Life is a costume party,” and I’ve kept it in mind ever since.  Please feel free to make this your motto too; it’s going pretty well over here.