Ooh, I Need Those Boots!

Photo: AKM GSI

One of the joys of getting older is having a better sense of your style; in practical terms, that means making fewer impulse buys and costly mistakes when it comes to buying clothes! I have come a long way, especially in the last few years – in terms of buying clothes more efficiently (and happily!). So that when I wake up in the morning I look at my closet and know that most of the clothes I select will feel like me. I have come a long, way, yes, but … there is still that moment ….

You may know that moment; you could be flipping the pages of a magazine, or catching a television show, or even a movie. You see an image, a look, a moment, and you say to yourself, “I love that ____! I really need it!” In my case, I had my moment checking out a site online and reading about Malia Obama, who is currently working as an intern for film producer Harvey Weinstein, in New York City. Apparently, she is very fond of a pair of lace-up caterpillar boots and wears them often. So often that she is photographed styling them in every which way (with dresses, with leggings, and in this photo, with jeans). I scanned the pictures and it happened … I said to myself, “Ooh, I need those boots!”

I checked out the Caterpillar website and I seriously considered it. But, then I realized that what really inspired me was the feeling in the photos -the thrill of working in New York City and the on-the-street excitement. It wasn’t that I needed those boots particularly. In fact, I am the wrong age to be wearing them with short dresses and leggings – but I was taken in. The power of suggestion is strong and hard to pass up. I guess that’s why we all get sucked in with a good advertising campaign.

My trick is this: sit with it for a moment – if the feeling goes away, pass on the clothing. If it doesn’t – grab it and wear it!

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