What girl wouldn’t want to wear more Chanel? I certainly would love to dress head to toe in the line inspired by Coco Chanel’s elegant tweed suits and little black dresses. As I stopped to enjoy the windows at the Chanel store in Beverly Hills I wondered what sort of lifestyle one would need to spend a day in the frilly chiffon dress or the pale pink tweed jacket. Certainly such confections wouldn’t work well in my life filled with driving children around and sitting in front of computer drawing. I didn’t look at the price tags, but I’m sure these clothes cost a great deal more than a teacher and freelance designer can afford. So really, resolving to wear more Chanel when I can’t afford to buy one of their dresses second-hand and have nowhere to wear it if I did seems more than a little silly.
But I can still dream!
All dreaming and silliness aside, like most Americans I’ve made several resolutions for 2013. Most of them are rather dull, like saving for retirement or getting up 15 minutes earlier in the morning so I can tidy the house before taking the kids to school. Of course there are the usual suspects as well. I resolve to walk every morning and I need to loose the five pounds I gained over the holidays. Unlike my resolution to wear more Chanel those resolutions will probably take place, and if I can do them for long enough like anything else they will become habit.
In 2013 I only have one fashion resolution:I want to create an excellent basic wardrobe. Over the last couple of years I’ve really had fun with fashion. I’ve bought, and worn, a lot of bright colors and exuberant prints. Faux fur, skinny jeans, and wild platform shoes have made their way into my life. It’s been fun, but I can’t help but notice that I don’t have a single pair of good quality slim black trousers. There are other holes in my wardrobe as well, holes that can’t be filled up with printed jeans or hot pink fitted denim jackets. I’ve already started buying some basic pieces, and I’ve noticed how much more chic my outfits look when trendy is mixed with basic, high quality essentials.
One day I’ll have that Chanel Suit. It is on my “bucket list”, but so is an Hermes scarf, and that I think I might be able to afford this year.
Happy new year everyone!