My new Rock & Republic loafers from Kohl's inspired my look today. And to be honest, I could dress in a tee, blazer, jeans, and loafers every day and feel the most comfortable. I love a preppy look. Hello! I grew up on John Hughes' films. Who didn't want to be the preppy rich kid? Trends were different back then. Clothing was based on designers (Polo, Outback Red, Jordashe, etc.). If you were part of the 'haves,' you were a cool kid and people liked and talked to you. I gravitated toward the preppy kids from wealthy parents who lived in affluent neighborhoods.
I grew up in a modest house, my basic needs were covered, I had clothes to wear and sometimes Santa would bring me those coveted, dark rinse Jordashe jeans that would make me giddy with excitement. But I always envied and wanted what my preppy friends had. They had straight blonde hair, perfect skin, nice (expensive) hand-me-down cars from their parents, etc. I learned at an early age what having money could get you. I worked through high school and college. To me, college was a mean to an end. It was a necessity to gain employment and earn a decent living so that I could buy nice things, dress in fine clothing, drive nice cars, etc. I didn't engage in the typical social experiences of college. I just wanted my degree. I just wanted to start earning money.
Unfortunately, my cost of living and my champagne tastes don't work well together. Credit cards were a downfall in my 20s that I'm still paying for in my 40s. It was and still is an instant means to gaining what I wanted and unfortunately a downfall to a lot of Gen X'ers We're bright, educated, and have a mountain of debt. We're a generation of instant gratification, rather than working and saving for what we want. The Internet, bloggers, magazines, trendsetter,s and keeping up with the Jones' hasn't helped the situation. I talked last week about how I cannot possibly afford to feature a $300 dress a couple times a week as some big fashion bloggers do. While I love looking at (and owning) fine clothing, the fact is that we are still in a economic downturn. And I'm afraid young, impressionable women are going to look at the big bloggers and make the common mistake of instant gratification for which they cannot afford.
Whew. Got a little deep on this post. Can you tell the e-book I'm reading is really making me question and think about our shopping habits? Okay, let's lighten this post up with an outfit, shall we?