This past Saturday, I was asked by a friend of mine to act as her personal shopper for one day. I was thrilled. I knew this would be the beginning of a series of shopping adventures to come. At least until I get that wardrobe of hers sorted.
Good news is, she’s already done half the work for me since she’s thrown away (I’d like to think she gave to charity) a whole bunch of
frumpy things that didn’t fit her anymore cause they’ve grown out of her, literally…she’s lost a lot of weight.
So what better occasion for a fresh start and slowly build a whole new wardrobe? Of course, we can forget about trying to tackle everything at once, especially cause we’re on a budget so it’s baby steps people, baby steps.
So I immediately thought Zara. Why? cause I’m a fan, I think they have everything anyone could possibly need in one very same place, plus they have excellent quality-price-ratio and I find that most of their pieces are very well-constructed compared to other fast-fashion stores.
A few things I had to keep in mind before proposing anything to her…she’s very sporty, running is her passion and therefore leads a very fast-paced life, as in, she has no time to fantasize about what she’s gonna wear and needs practical stuff that she can thrown on that can be easily mixed & matched at the same time.
So anything I’d choose had to be well in-line with her lifestyle. First things first, we needed to get a couple basics down right from the start. Fundamental pieces that she can wear with anything and with frequency.
But before I keep going, let’s take a look at some of the things I picked out for her from my pseudo-inspiration board below:
Black leggings and grey skinny jeans represent our two main essential pieces. Both are easy to wear, easy to match, easy to slip on.
And let’s not forget it’s fall, so why not throw in a couple cool sweaters while at the same time tackling some of the new trends of the season- chunky sweaters and color-blocking. The chunky, army green pullover you see above is actually cooler in person. It’s got a mullet! yeap, we love mullets! and it’s got two gold military-inspired buttons on each shoulder. I thought these would be perfect for her for the times in which she doesn’t want to wear anything form fitting. The trick with chunky sweaters though, is to balance them with something tight on the legs…no baggy, boyfriend or harem pants. oh no.
playing dress-up in the fitting room
This is the only shot I was able to get cause Zara people don’t let you take pictures at the store. bummer.
Ankle booties are a must. She’s not big on heels, so I was suggesting either mid-heel ankle booties (which she went for) or wedges. Next on our board is our pleated polka dot skirt à la Jason Wu, which can be easily worn with either one of our two chunky pieces for a school-girl-meets-hippy-chic type of look. And last but not least, we have our Dolce&Gabbana-inspired stars printed shirt which I find super cool especially when it peeks out from under a sweater or button cardigan.
So I think we got a good base here, we’ve definitely touched on a whole bunch of fall trends. Chunky sweaters. Check. Color-blocking. Check. Ankle booties. Double Check. Print. Check. Mullet. Trrriple Check!.
Can’t wait for phase two of our shopping excursion!!!
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