One of the tips, under "Shopping Coach" in Parisian Chic jumped out at me:
"Always think about how the piece will integrate into your wardrobe."
I must admit, I'm really struggling with this one. It's partly because I didn't/don't even have a proper wardrobe to begin with, due to changing sizes over the years. It's also partly because I am unclear on what my "style" is.
I am having a tough time getting dressed these days, and it's because I seem to be missing pieces that will work with what I already have, and then I end up reverting to jeans and a plain sweater. For instance, I have some new (albeit simple) black riding boots that are extremely comfortable. The dilemma? The only pants I own that work for tucking into these boots are the just-recently-purchased GAP Really Skinny pants in black. In addition, the only two coats I own that fit me right now are both black trench coats. And no, I'm not going to wear black skinny pants, with black riding boots AND a black trench coat.
At the same time, while I fell in love with that Talbots blue tweed coat online, it doesn't 'go' with much of anything that I currently have in my closet. I haven't decided whether to keep it or not yet.
I bought the Design History sweater vest that I liked in the Nordstrom NAS promotion just recently at the Rack - but my Old Navy animal print blouse doesn't look right with it, and I don't have a plain black or grey pencil type skirt that will work. Ack! I do have a bunch of skirts - some seem too big, and the ones that fit? I don't have the right tops for them, and I'm unclear as to whether opaques or sheerer hose is best.
I have a bunch of cropped cardigans that I never wore - just hanging there. Actually, I have tons of cardigans - regular, longer, cropped. The only one I've actually worn more than once is a simple black cashmere slightly "boyfriend" style. I'm embarrassed to say that I probably have on the order of 20 orphan cardigans.
Lots of orphan jeans too. The Kut from the Kloth skinnies (not all that skinny) - they keep sliding down, and I can't tuck them into boots.
I bought the black Really Skinny pants hoping they'd work with the black riding boots, and they do, and also hoping I could wear them with some of the blousy-er, tunic-like tops I have. I didn't think about the fact that the two coats I own are black...oops!
Am I the only one struggling like this? Also - does anyone have any comments/advice on how to "integrate" ?