Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wardrobe Overhaul

The long weekend allowed me to take inventory of what I had (or lack thereof) hanging in my closet. My crowded, messy, shared closet was the first hurdle, I couldn't see anything that was in there. My first step was to buy a garment rack and designate a new home for my clothing away from the black hole of a closet, out in the open. After hanging up my sad duds I sifted through what remained of several recent purges, which was not much. I have a few things that I do wear often which are in good condition and are well-made, but one's wardrobe cannot subsist on two nice button-up shirts, two nice sweaters, and some work pants. Truly, sad duds. With the help of Lucky's Style Manual and a couple of my favorite blogs (Chic & Icing's Wardrobe Taming posts) , I figured out what I needed most to start building a basics wardrobe. It will probably take me a while as I like to research and price compare, but I think it will be fun and chronicling it here will keep me organized (I am a Capricorn).

The Black Pump

Of course Louboutins and Manolos are obvious choices that will last forever, but I currently don't have that kind of scratch and I am looking for a mid-range, instant gratification standard black pump.

My criterion: Black, closed-toe, non-platform, non-stacked heel, over 3 1/4 inch heel, leather or patent leather, no-frills professional-looking, under $300 (preferably under $200)

The finalists are:
Via Spiga Amanda $182.95

Nine West Gaffer $82.95

Michael Kors Cairo $229

Charles by Charles David Fate $113.95

Calvin Klein Vida $100

BCBGirls Nice $92.95

Anne Klein Chesna $263.95