Sunday, December 20, 2015

My ideea of a fashion investment

Photo Credit: Ionut Cristian Vinte Photography

Mai devreme sau mai tarziu tot trebuia sa apara (de) undeva si a doua mea natura. Am spus pe scurt si fara prea multe detalii ca sunt de meserie 'economist', popular spus, contabil. Poate ca acest lucru ma face mai deschisa spre intelegerea ororii finantelor personale. Evident ca asta nu inseamna ca am o pricepere mai buna decat altii vis-a-vis de investitii sau economii oportune. Din contra, e foarte posibil sa fiu mai haotica decat multi, in ceea ce priveste acest subiect. Finante personale, fancy words pentru felul in care ne gospodarim banii. Mi-am ales momentul perfect pentru a discuta despre cheltuieli, in perioada cadourilor, cand toata lumea jongleaza cu bani din toate directiile pentru a completa gift list-ul si a strecura si cateva investitii personale. Adica...rochie de Revelion!

Nu stiu daca voua vi se intampla, insa eu patesc destul de des sa gasesc mai multe lucruri 'must-have' decat posibilitati de finantare. Mai ramane de asemenea si subiectul trist al brand-urilor si al obiectelor minunate, care sunt in afara radarului meu de achizitii. De-a lungul timpului am incercat sa creez un sistem de 'investitii', care sa imi permita sa imi completez garderoba si sa o actualizez dupa trend-uri, cat e posibil, dar fara sa deraiez sever catre o criza à la Rebecca Bloomwood din 'Confessions of a shopaholic' . Astfel atunci cand imi reconstruiesc garderoba sau o mai sedimentez cu cate un articol, analizez ce beneficii urmeaza sa imi furnizeze acea posibila achizitie. De exemplu daca e vorba de jeans prefer sa aleg o pereche mai de calitate, deoarece cu siguranta imi voi 'amortiza' achizitia in timp. O pereche de jeansi poate fi purtata si raspurtata intr-un milion de combinatii diferite, poate fi baza multor tinute de toate tipurile, casual, smart casual, boho chic, punk, orice va puteti imagina, si nu se deterioreaza asa de repede cum o fac alte articole. Atunci cand apare un trend nou, excentric, care e menit sa reziste o perioada scurta de timp, pentru ca de-a lungul timpului, putine articole au reusit sa urce pe piedestal, sa devina 'piese clasice', care reusesc sa iasa din tiparul invechirii, prefer sa nu fac o investitie majora. Un exemplu la indemana ar fi pantalonii 'zebra', trend care nu cred ca a rezistat mai mult de cateva luni. Ma refer la pantalonii cu dungi verticale late, alb-negru. Cand se ivesc astfel de trend-uri, excentrice, stridente, care ne capteaza atentia pentru o scurta perioada de timp, e de preferat sa nu faceti investitii prea mari. 
The little black dress e o investitie buna, deoarece ca si jeansii e o piesa versatila si accesorizata divers poate sa va genereze o gramada de outfit-uri, insa o rochie cu paiete multicolore are atat variante reduse de accesorizare, cat si o frecventa de purtare mai redusa. E mai usor sa refolosesti rochita neagra undercover decat o rochie flashy, usor de retinut.

Tot la capitolul Fashion Investments e esential sa va satisfaceti din cand in cand si cate o placere vinovata, deoarece in asta consta de fapt pasiunea pentru moda, restul e doar razboiul, pe care il ducem zi de zi cu scopul de a arata bine si a ne evidentia ca indivizi prin tot ceea ce purtam, si a ne expune personalitatea. Eu consider ca o piesa statement, de suflet, poate sa transforme orice tinuta, dar mai important, te poate face sa te simti extraordinar. Pentru mine, la momentul actual aceasta piesa centrala, crown jewel, este geanta Michael Kors, Selma Mini Saffiano intr-o nuanta superba de roz plamaniu. Am cumparat aceasta bijuterie anul acesta de la Koln si am adus in garderoba mea prima mea IT bag. Vreau sa va arat geanta intr-o combinatie lejera de zi, pe care o completeaza minunat.

Sooner or later my second nature would have came up, so why not now. As I said before, briefly, I am an economist, or accountant if you will. Therefore I kind of understand the horror of the personal finances. Of course that doesn’t mean that I know how to invest or to save better than any other person. Actually I may be a little chaotic, involved in a permanent crazy shopping spree. Personal finances, is fancy for the way we spent our money. I chose my moment perfectly to talk about expenditures, during the time of presents, when everybody juggles with money to check all the items of the gift list and also to manage to buy something for themselves.

I don’t know if this happens to you, but it keeps happening to me. There are a lot of must have items out there, but not enough financing. There’s also the sad topic of brands and amazing stuff that are off my buying radar. I decided to come up with a shopping system, that would allow me to complete my wardrobe in a responsible way, avoiding Rebbeca Bloomwood crisis type. Therefore when I want to buy something I analyze first the advantage that I will be granted by the acquisition. For example I invest in quality jeans, because jeans tend to pay for themselves in time. You can use jeans to build all sorts of outfits, casual, smart casual, boho chic, punk, and anything you can imagine. They don’t deteriorate as fast as other items, and even if they deteriorate, you can still crop them and wear them some more.
When a new trend emerges, one that is eccentric, think about how much it will last before you make a huge investment in an item that might be fashionable only for a little while. Take this example, the zebra pants, the ones with wide vertical stripes in black and white. They used to be super cool for like two months and then nobody has ever worn them again. You shouldn’t invest in a fleeing trend, you should better invest in something classic, that will never go out of style, such as the little black dress. You can accessorize the little black dress in infinite ways and you can wear it undercover for many events.

I also believe in guilty pleasures. I actually think that they represent our passion for fashion. These are the items that you have to have, the objects that you don’t care how much they cost and also that you never regret buying. Therefore a soul choice, a statement piece can improve your outfit, can make you feel special and confident. For me at this moment, my crown jewel piece is the Selma Mini Saffiano it bag by Michael Kors. I picked this baby up from the official Michael Kors store in Koln and was love at first sight. Look at how great this tiny bag compliments my daily outfit. 

Photo Credit: Ionut Cristian Vinte Photography

Photo Credit: Ionut Cristian Vinte Photography

Photo Credit: Ionut Cristian Vinte Photography

Photo Credit: Ionut Cristian Vinte Photography

H&M over the knee boots
Primark turtleneck top
H&M black and grey leopard print cardigan
Pimkie necklace
Vintage leather skirt
Michael Kors Selma Mini Saffiano bag

Special thanks to the talented photographer that upgraded the quality of the blog Ionut Vinte Photography.

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