I almost lost my mind while shopping this weekend. My best shopping cohort and I spent a couple hours this Saturday browsing the racks at Forever 21 and Banana Republic. I went into the excursion with nothing but an urge to shop - no plan for what I wanted to add to my wardrobe; no real idea, even, of what I want to wear this fall. Leggings and tunics? Lace and blazers? Tights...shift dresses...bib necklaces? What do I need and what do I want?
I quickly became overwhelmed. I would pick things up and then put them down. Stuff a couple dresses in my shopping bag and then pull them back out. It was ridiculous. My friend and I started laughing at our contradictory shopping styles.
I agonize over every purchase. "Do I need this? What would I wear it with? Don't I already have a dress with a similar pattern?"
She buys what catches her eye and will figure it out later. We're both well-dressed women (if I do say so), so it's obvious that there is no right way to shop. There's only what is right for each woman.
I came home with two items - both of which I love and am excited to wear.
This sheer striped sweater fulfills my craving for Back to School preppiness - offset with a feminine detail in the puffed sleeves. I'll wear this with skinny jeans and boots; tucked into a black high-waisted skirt with tights; and over a denim pencil skirt with ballet flats. Striped Knit Top in Red & Black ($14.80)
I picked up a cotton cardigan very similar to the one Kimberly of Fab Finds Under $50 is wearing here. My cardigan came from Forever $21 ($24.80), though it's not currently on their web site. This nautical combination nips in at the waist, and will look great over a variety of dresses and long tunics.