Confident, sweet, mysterious and charming, the Preppy Trendy girl lives her life to the fullest. She loves to have fun and she is a daredevil. She is certainly not a bore. Although she is a classic woman, on her off time she thrives for a constructive way to spend that free span wisely by wandering through museums and other interesting places. She is not of a night club goer because in those places she is suffocated by the impression of the same…
Part conservative, part avant-garde. She fosters grace, intelligence, and eccentricity. In her essence, she is the real modern woman.
Her style… It depends on the day and her mood. It varies from preppy chic, “bourgeoise salope” to quote Carine Roitfeld former editor in-chief of Vogue Paris, sapiosexual fashionista, gypsy classic or preppy grunge. Although it changes from day to day she doesn’t buy clothing on a regular basis or at an extensive rate. She plays with what she has in her closet: her 37 pieces and a lot of accessories; shoes, bags, necklaces, choker, scarves, hair jewelry and rings.
When I moved to New York 10 years ago, I only had heels in my suitcases. At that time, I had never owned a pair of flats or sneakers even. And I was certain that the ladies here, in New York, the capital of fashion, wore nothing but that. A flat pair of shoes was a pair of platform shoes for me. Yes, I moved to the city that never sleeps unaware of the amount of walking and subway commuting that was ahead of me. I refused to believe that one can do so much walking. Today, 10 years later things have changed. I own about 7 pairs of sneakers and 3 pairs of flats.
My shopping rules: I don’t care if it costs $1 or $1000, if I like it I am going to buy it. But again, it’s all about value. How much do I need it and how long am I going to use it for? Is the price right? Does it reflect the product’s quality?
That’s why I mostly buy well-made items because I’d rather have one over many that do not equal a good quality item all together. It’s all about cost per wear. I collect pieces: unusual, fashion forward pieces or basics that can transcend into all my style moods. Of course, I love fashion and all those brand names like everyone else; but I refuse to buy clothing just to have them in my closet.
I must love a piece enough to walk out a store with it. My advice on shopping is to be a sapiosexual fashionista: rational. For some reason, I know it when I see it. I must fall in love like you fall in love with a person the first time you see him or her and decide to marry. Yes, I said it, marry because buying clothes, for me is a ritual I don’t take lightly. If I buy it, there is a great chance that it’ll end up in my closet forever. Only then you absolutely know that’s the item to buy. Have you ever bought something and felt bad after carrying it home? My guess will be yes; we all have. How many times have we gone broke for something that we forget about the minute it’s placed in our closet. Then we go on and think about another thing that we must have. This habit contributes to the vicious cycle of shopping addiction. I have been there. I must say that I’d rather have a thirty dollars purse and nine hundred and seventy dollars in it, than a thousand dollars purse and nothing in it. It’s a matter of priority. It took me time to think like this, but at last I did and I am glad I did. Conclusion: never shop in the absence of love and affordability. When these factors aren’t present it’s an impulse just like a one night stand after a night of heavy drinking leaving you just saying; “what was I thinking?”
By: Marie Caroline Charles