Shopping in Zara or H&M has become a challenge: both used to be my primary shopping sources but have been gradually dethroned by COS.
First reason: even though some products may at times be appealing aesthetically, I have a hard time finding anything worthy. Either it's the cut and/or material, the colour, there's almost always something wrong.
Second: the ambiance in both stores almost gives me panic attacks. Between the loud and the crowd, I either flee or carefully chose my time and location to venture in these shopping arenas.
As a result, COS has become the big contender and winner. The concept developed by the brand often works for me: Products are basic yet thought-out, often (more or less) subtly inspired by favourite Northern designers (Dries, Helmut, Ann, Acne...).
Here are the two items I was really tempted to buy lately but didn't- my priority is still to limit my shopping intake :
A spring coat that would be interesting to alternate with my trench. The cut is very Marant-ish, oversized, works equally well with pants or skirts/dresses and versatile so that it can either go with a very casual outfit or a more elegant one.
A navy dress that I loved so much! The flattering lady-like retro cut would be ideal dressed down with flats and a blazer or a cardi for everyday and appropriate as well when more efforts are required with bling and a bit of heels.
As Saturday nears, I very much feel the desire to drop by the store and indulge in a bit of consuming... But I made a big purchase a few days ago and I'm feeling a bit under the weather, which is not a great combination for shopping so I'll remain "serious" and away from stores, especially COS - for the time being.
What were your recent fashion temptations? Did you resist or treat yourself?