Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wardrobe Priorities

With around a month and a half left until graduation, things have started to get a bit hectic at school, which has reduced my posting frequency a bit, alas. Thinking about actually moving and storing all of my stuff has also made me a bit more reluctant to shop than normal.

My mom has been kind enough to offer me a graduation present, most likely a piece of jewelry. I am a bit sheepish about accepting a large gift, especially when the state of my student loan balance means that I wouldn't generally spend that amount on myself all at once. I do very much like the idea of a small, subtle piece of jewelry as a graduation gift, however. It feels more like it could be a permanent part of my wardrobe than a lot of possible alternatives (especially because I already have a watch that I'm happy with). 

It led me to think a bit about what I prioritize when it comes to my own spending on my wardrobe. I have felt some desire to buy jewelry, perhaps a ring, for myself when there's room in my budget. It'd be a bit expensive for me, and it might be odd to choose that over upgrading my shoes or buying higher-quality clothes than my Loft and The Limited mainstays for work. (My small collection of handbags for work is already a bit splurge-y for a young professional woman my age. I am totally a handbag person.) 

For those of us who like to splurge a bit on fashion (but cannot splurge on everything we possibly want), the decision of what to prioritize is probably a very personal and idiosyncratic one. I'm not a shoe person because I don't find shoes all that aesthetically pleasing.  All the design details that might make a pair of shoes particularly spectacular are lost on me. I have a few friends who spend more to get better quality clothes and deemphasize bags or shoes, and I can certainly appreciate the virtues of that. However, I don't personally feel like I would know how best to pick out clothes that are worth higher prices than I am used to paying. 

Are you a handbag person or a shoe person? Or are you none of the above? 


  1. Handbags for sure. Somehow I end up buying 2 a year, despite needing a bag like I need a hole in the head.

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! The light is @ the end of the tunnel :D

  2. That's so sweet of your mom! Congrats on your graduation!

    I know what you mean about making the decision to spend a relatively large amount of money on jewelry. I never buy jewelry for myself. But I do cherish jewelry given to me. I only wear 2 rings on my hand - one given to me by my boyfriend when we first started dating (6 years ago!) and one from my mom for my 21st birthday. I like to think of it as a future family heirloom, which I think justifies the cost. Plus it holds a lot of sentimental value.

  3. Yeah, I think I am at the point where I don't need any bags, but I still vaguely contemplate adding new ones to my collection maybe one or two years from now. (I also have a decent number of various-sized bags for casual use in addition to my bags for the office.)

    Thanks! I am definitely excited about finishing. I am fairly certain I will not try for another degree, so I'm going into my last classes and exams ever!

  4. I definitely hope that jewelry gifts will be future family heirlooms/things I can pass down, and I will probably pick one out with an eye towards that.

    Thank you for the congratulations! I am definitely excited, though not particularly looking forward to the studying-for-exams part.

  5. don't go back! stick it to the man!


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