This summer, as opposed to the others before it, I decided NOT to shop the hundreds of designer sales at the major department stores. Why, you may ask? The reason is twofold. The first being that I was away so much this summer, I could not physically be at any of these stores. The second reason is that since we traveled so much this summer, I decided to be a responsible partner in our 31 year marriage, and not add to my already overly full closets. And since I ruthlessly purge my closets twice a year, donating and re-selling my clothes, I can always see what is in them. Case in point, this is my amazing Cedric Charlier dress that I purchased last summer at the final reduction Saks Fifth Avenue sale.
The first time I wore this dress was this past spring in Palm Springs. It sat in the closet for several months simply because I couldn’t find the right “event” at which to wear it. Once I decided to turn it into a casual dress by pairing it with flat sandals, it has seen the light of day (and night), many times. I also found these edgy black strappy Chanel sandals last summer during the final markdown at Saks. I happened to be at the store when they were being returned…otherwise, I can assure you that never would have happened!
One thing that I have several of, is a black cardigan. I have them in wool, nylon, silk and cotton. No matter the season, I always take a sweater with me. Even when the temperature is well into the 80s and 90s, the AC inside converts summer into winter, so having a lightweight cardigan that you can toss into a purse or tied at the shoulder is a must.
I encourage you to shop your closet for an entire season. You will truly get to know what you have and what you might need. If I can do it, trust me, so can you!
These photos were taken by my sister Janet Corne at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.
Cedric Charlier Dress, Chanel Sandals and Handbag, Comrags Sweater, John Hardy Earrings, The jewelry Bar Bracelets, Miu Miu Sunglasses.
What a fun dress, Lesley!!! It’s totally smart to shop our closets—heck we have so many fabulous things already there!!! It’s just finding the time to wear them all!!