I love fast fashion, or high-street shopping for its cool, current styles at excellent prices.
If I pick the right pieces, paying mind to the material, I get quality merch that pays off in many ways. I shop these stores for most of my basics, since they are the underpinnings of a beautiful jacket, standout jewelry, or a great skirt. Inexpensive basics allow me to wear them from cleaning to cocktails. Things aren’t so precious (at least based on price) and if I ruin it while I’m living life, it’s not so painful when it was $29.99 or $59.99. Also, shops like Zara, Topshop, Uniqlo, and HSN give me freedom to explore and express whatever place I’m in as a curious, developing woman. When these stores interpret a new trend from designer and couture fashion, I buy a few of these things too for the season. These are the pieces that bring youth, relevance, and excitement to my style. If I look at my in-thing the following year and gasp, “What the hell was I thinking?” it’s okay because I bought it for a bargain. It takes those missteps to hone our style. I use a bit of restraint to minimize mistakes when choosing those uniquely now garments. For example, when I buy a skirt with fringe, I buy it in black, not lime green. It helps to stay classic in some part of the piece and to stay in the middle of the trend.
It’s a continual mystery to me that I don’t read or see much from other fashion-lovers about indulging in home shopping. It’s one of my favorite places to shop–my top two are HSN and QVC. It is one of the most experiential shopping joys–at home–doing my thing–shopping channel on in the background. It’s fantastic and I’ve loved it for a couple decades! There is nowhere else I can hear directly from designers about their inspiration, how to wear it, and their life. Designers and celebrities like Iman, Isaac Mizrahi, Twiggy, Giuliana Rancic, Iris Apfel, and also emerging dreamers. There are some clunkers on these networks, to be sure. But if you’re selective, like you would be shopping out on the street, the clothing and accessories are superb quality, and the return policies and customer service are generous. One of the selling strategies and realities of home shopping is that stuff sells out. If it’s brought back, it can take six months. When you see a pair of shoes from Donald J Pliner, or a Melissa McCarthy (yes, she went to design school) skirt that’s a hit, you have to act fast and snap them up. And get this, all HSN and QVC fashions come in regular and plus sizes–many shoes come in regular and wide! I realize this sounds like a paid advertisement. It’s not. Serena Williams started this way with HSN too–gushing about it, and shopping it for years before joining the network as a designer. That’s the kind of intel you get when you do your high-street shopping here–ha! How great is that?
Today, Serena Williams is presenting her Spring 2017 collection on HSN. Look at these winners! I jumped online and bought two pair of the awesome stretch cargo pants–in black and caramel. I’m thinking about picking up the utility jacket too. Make these two pieces the basis of your spring vacation wardrobe, mix and match them and they’ll cover any occasion, including sleeping.
One of the greatest athletes in the world is hawking her goods today, and it’s good. Come on, where else? Let’s shop together–leave a comment below telling us what you bought!