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Life of Colleen: Another year over;

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Another year over;
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 3:37 PM (Pacific)

and a new one just begun.

Almost, anyway. Three work days remain in 2010 (I know, I'm fortunate enough not to work in retail, but then I don't get commission). The year end has been significant to me for quite some time; it's when I analyze whether I'd accomplished what I'd decided, at the end of the previous year, to do, and determine exactly what I want to do in the upcoming year.

What does that have to do with fashion? Weirdly it is kind of relevant. I've thought for a while that my J.Crew-affair had rather peaked. I will always love the 'Crew, of course, and you can't beat them for office wardrobe basics which are prettier than...plain ole office clothes...but, after collecting 'Crew items over a period of time, I have enough.

So, where to now, post-'Crew?

I've been digging into American-produced fashion. There's a surprising amount of it, and it's not as spendy as it may seem. Sure, we haven't aspired to undercut foreign labor cost; you may pay more at full price...but not horribly more. And there are sales (it's American stuff, remember?).

I haven't sworn off J.Crew by any means. (The horror....) Just branching out some.


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