Typically if spent in the States, Christmas night leads to a very early Boxing Day (not a familiar holiday in the US unless you live near the Canadian border) for me. It’s an apt name as the 26th is the day of an early mad dash to my favorite stores for an extra round of get-there-by-noon discounts, and you almost need to bring boxing gloves with you to survive the mobs. But as I am overseas this sale season, I had to scramble a bit just before Christmas via emails and last minute phone calls with my sales associates to see if I couldn’t scrounge for some deals without actually being there myself. I’ll know when I get home next month what goodies await me!
This year the stores have cut down tremendously on inventory to counter sluggish sales, so the great bounty of heavily discounted luxury items from winter 2008’s sales is definitely a ghost of Christmas past. A few key pieces on my buy list were sold out even before the second markdown this season since there weren’t that many pieces bought in my size by the stores to start with…I suppose even if I had been home, I would not have had any more success. But just as well. If this new economy has taught us anything it’s to be more selective in our spending decisions. And my fashion-related strategy here on out is to go through lookbooks early in the season, quickly narrow down to a short list of items that make practical sense to chase, and then stick to that list. Perhaps recession-style shopping is the cure for any impulsive behavior!
The pictures in today’s entry were taken on December 26th on a random street in Belgium. People were out in droves but there was no shopping frenzy like back at home in the States. The sun also peeked out of the clouds so I got to wear my camera bag and peacoat (07A season) featured in Look 2 instead of the ski jacket for a change. It’s one of my favorite items of clothing because no one does black and white better than Chanel. And I have a thing for peacoats.
Tomorrow I’ll take you to my last Christmas market in Belgium then I’ll circle back to Morocco.