Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oh, So it IS a Recession

Now that the recession has been confirmed, officielement, conspicuous consumption just seems in poor taste. Times like these call to mind my father's stories about his college days, when he and his classmates couldn't afford to have huge wardrobes, and thus would buy only one or two really nice things to wear over and over. Because they didn't have a lot to work with, they really paid attention to what they wore, and actually developed a heightened sense of style. If you seek to be stylish in times like these, I suggest you take a cue from those guys by investing in just one distinctive, high fashion piece and scheming up ways to get the most mileage out of it by mixing it up with your existing wardrobe.

Some contenders:

NSF Edward Shawl Collar Sweater, $341 @ Context. Whether you go formal or casual, this one is rich and elegant. It looks to be of a nice, substantial weight.

Band of Outsiders Quilted Hunting Shirt-Jacket in Blue Tartan, $559 @ Context. I love the color, and the way it's cut makes me think it'll stand the test of time and retain its shape. Plus, I feel like it'll only look better and better with a bit of wear and tear.

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