I did something I haven't done in a while yesterday.
I went into a shop - not a shop I'd intended to visit, just a shop I was passing - and bought something. It wasn't on sale, I hadn't agonised over it for months wondering if it would be a valuable addition to my wardrobe, I didn't weigh up prices online (as, let's face it, we all do with alarming regularity). As someone with limited disposable income I rarely shop spontaneously. Careful planning must take place - if I buy X I can wear it with A, but not with B so perhaps I should go with Y, but that means I can't afford a new basic (and makes me glad I was quite good at maths)...
So. Why did I buy?
The particular piece caught my eye as the sales assistant wearing it popped out the front to snap a picture of the windows (social media working overtime). When I went into the store said sales assistant was delightful, I was the only person in there but didn't feel awkward, the layout was engaging, the atmosphere was comfortable...I was asked if I wanted any assistance - in a way that made me believe that if I'd wanted it I would have received it - then left to browse at my leisure as desired, but that charming girl promptly put items in the fitting room for me, without pressure to try on more than I wanted to. As for the garment itself? It was extremely affordable, well made and fit properly, but mostly it was whimsical, it captured my imagination and I felt pretty in it. All in all, fashion working the way it should, at every level.
As someone who has been lamenting much of the impact the internet and the faster cycle of fashion has had on the industry I'm thrilled to see that the old model still works - when it's done properly.
Three Floor skirt
Shop 16 Avion Way
Times Square, Claremont 6010
(08) 9383 2971