When I entered into my 30’s I discovered consignment shops and it was then that I vowed I would never shop retail anymore. It was a practical decision. As someone who was jump starting a small business within the realm of fashion, it was important that I looked the part. Maintaining my ability to dress in the same fashions, trends and designer brands relevant to my clients was an important part of doing business. This is true for every business, not just the fashion industry. The impression we leave with our peers in the business setting can make or break our career.
When you are in the market for a new skirt suit for the upcoming meeting that may lead you to the promotion you have worked so hard for, or the ski sweater you will be wearing on your first vacation to Whistler, Canada with your new corporate beau or just the perfect bag to throw over your shoulder when you meet his overly judgemental grandmother for the first time, where do you shop? She wears Chanel, you can’t afford Chanel. He wears Valentino but his salary is 20% higher than yours. Are you going to go to Old Navy? Saks? Neiman Marcus?
When you make the decision where to shop and what to buy, you are making a statement. As you convey to your new corporate beau’s Grandmother that you admire her generations’ sensibility and wonderfully crafted products as you place your hand on your vintage alligator Kelly bag (which is also a current fashion statement in 2017), and smile shyly as you are a consignee, you are telling her that you are the perfect, penny wise, fashion forward woman for her grandson.
If you think your peers in the board room don’t know the difference between a single thread suit that will survive enough cleanings to make it through a single season versus a quality suit that will carry you through to the next round of promotions, then maybe you don’t deserve that promotion. You know how the corporate world works. Play the game!
Don’t forget to pack the matching shoes and sweater…
When you need assistance putting together the perfect wardrobe on a modest budget, you are always welcome to consult me. I have 8 years of personal shopping experience to compliment your shopping know-how.
Consigning upscale and fine designer clothing since 2001 ~ KirstenRaye