If you're getting ready for the next summer gathering, you may have decided to go through your wardrobe to find something you haven't worn for a while, like a Jessica Simpson special that you bought fairly recently or something like what you saw Michelle Obama wear in photos online, with some matching jewelry you got as a gift. After looking online, trying to choose something that looks stylish and new, it's possible you've opted for some classic solids that are already a part of your wardrobe instead of a new dress at Anthropologie. Perhaps you decided not to go shopping again for your next office party since some of your coworkers have been given notice with the explanation being that sales have gone down. Have the budget cuts that the Chicago Public Schools have made, closing schools and eliminating positions, made you wonder what will happen next with your teaching position? Yes, with some of the things that have been happening during this financial "recovery", you may be on pins and needles wondering whether you'll still have your job this coming fall, be cut to part time, or transferred out of Chicago if you want to keep your job.
Look at what our model is wearing. Teal and white are the classics chosen for her for the next summer gathering. Even the most successful men and women are hesitant to make more clothes purchases as they watch their friends and relatives decide to wear their tried but true basics, the ones they have worn year after year. Other years, by now, the local department stores, including Lord and Taylor, have advertised their new fall fashions. Instead, this year, Carson's has still been advertising their yellow dot and black dot clearance sales while back to school fashions have consisted of left over summer fashions instead of something new for fall. Are there any rewards at work for recycling your clothes? Seriously, are you still planning to donate clothes to the Salvation Army? Maybe you're still thinking of buying a Jennifer Lopez style at Kohl's again, at a reduced for clearance price, one with bold turquoise, and have settled on a Ralph Lauren top in bright purple that fits fairly well and is already in your closet.
If this year's separates make you feel a little bit somber because you haven't been able to purchase a suit or new dress being featured as one of the coming fall fashions, maybe you will cheer up by wearing that newer pair of sandals that you've haven't worn as often. If you've looked at the Saks Fifth Avenue website and can't find anything new and inspiring, something worth spending money on, join the club. You may have decided to recycle your Calvin Klein suit, one you bought years ago, hoping that people won't notice the fact that you've had it for a few years. Don't be surprised if you see other people wearing last year's new fashions, like a pair of Ruff Hewn jeans with a sparkly black top. It's likely that you won't be alone if you're going to wait and see what happens at work before you make any more purchases. Bloomingdale's new fall line may cease to be a priority this fall. Instead, your frugal wardrobe might be Chicago's new fashion trend.