I was gutted when I heard about the increase in VAT we can all look forward to (not) in January 2011. A rise of 2.5% bringing us up to 20% on our shopping, not good news for (us) shopoholics!
I was already wondering what effects this would have on my future shopping habits, but Kate at makedostyle beat me to it with a great post, telling us how our wardrobes will need to work harder and there has never been a better time to think about a) investment dressing and b) wardrobe staples.
Investment dressing is that great designer piece that will last you like, forever, the one great piece (usually a coat or dress) that will take you anywhere, from the office to cocktail parties and it doesn't have to be black!
Wardrobe staples are the pieces that will mix and match to create a wardrobe of great basic pieces for classic styling, i.e. white shirt, jeans, black pencil skirt, grey t-shirt, Trench Coat, black pumps etc. They don't have to expensive, but you will always look classy in a neutral colour palette.
If you don't want to start buying from New Look, then Sale shopping may well become the only way to purchase for many, even for those who hate the sales! I am seriously thinking that this will be the time that I will make most of my purchases and for in season shopping, thank God for theoutnet, a fashionista's bargain paradise where you can grab a steal, every Tuesday and Thursday. Who cares if it is last seasons or even last years, when you are shopping for basics, staples, or investment pieces, it doesn't really matter?
Just before the sale season got into full swing, I went online and nabbed a pair of Current Elliott "Dad" Jeans. They looked like boyfriends to me, but when they arrived, I realised why they were called "Dad", because I guess your Dad is bigger than your Boyfriend and these are quite big, I could eat a few whole Victoria Sponge's and still fit in them! Also slightly looser on the leg and around the crotch, but I love them anyway! I'm sure my neighbours will think they belong to OH when they are on the washing line! £53 reduced from silly money!
I also couldn't resist buying the See by Chloe smock top at the same time. I wanted this on net-a-porter last season but didn't buy it and boy, am I glad I didn't, because I only paid £28 for it! A top that was originally way over £100 - what a bargain! It has slits in the puff sleeves so you see a bit of flesh and it is whiter than white, sounds silly I know, but you know how some things are really white?
So what do you think? Two great wardrobe staples that will last me for years? I think so, so I hope you agree.
Sorry for the seriously crap picture, you just can't take them of yourself can you? The jeans weren't rolled up properly due to the fact the tags were low down on the leg and I hadn't removed them at that stage, but you get the idea!
Do you think the rise in VAT will affect your shopping habits?