Wardrobe in Transition – Black Friday Score!!!

My closet is tight.  Not just tight, as in stylish and cool.  Tight meaning there’s lots of clothes crammed in.  Recently realizing this, I am more selective with what I buy.  I don’t hit every sale and try to reserve my dollars for the truly special pieces and exceptional sales.

The Black Friday marketing machine had its sights on me and definitely grabbed my attention.  After a recent custom fitted FAIL (post coming soon), I zeroed in on a two national branded stores Banana Republic and H&M.  BP always has sales and H&M is always cheap.  My goal was twofold – to find perfectly fitted pants and really squeeze the price.

I’ve been swapping out my previously-cool flat front pants from a few years ago for the recent style shift to lower waists and tighter hips.  BP was a little late on this, but their current offerings seem there.  I’ve had my eye on the Tailored Slim Camel Striped Wool Trouser at $108, but I’ve been waiting, stalking for the right coupon.  The 40% off Entire Purchase Black Friday Special was it.  I like ordering on-line, but I needed to try them on.  To quote Liam Neeson/Ottway from The Grey, “One more time, into the fray.”

Fast-forward through the traffic, parking, crowds, etc.  I have a nice lunch and a fabulous Blue Point Pale Ale (Long Island, NY).  I’m ready to shop.

H&M was not for me on this day.  The stuff with the big sales did not fit like I wanted and I was determined to not further cram my closet with impulse buys.

On to BP.  I see my target and sift through the size tags.  After double-checking all 12 pairs, my nemesis kicks in – they don’t have my size.  KAHN!!!!!!  I shift into problem solving mode – find a different color in my size.  I’ll then order online.  Then, a Black Friday Miracle – around the corner, 6 more pairs of the Camel Stripe.  Score!  Positive thinking always pays off.  I grab my size and head for the changing room.  On the way, I peruse the clearance rack….

SCORE!!!!!  A Tailored Slim pair in my size in a charcoal/brown – a color on my acquisition list.  They are also 40% off and only $28!

Out of the dressing room, two thumbs from me, and confirmed by the doll-of-a-dressing-room-attendant.  Both pairs look awesome, and will wear both to work this week.  Now that I know the BP Tailored Slim are a win, I’ll have no issue ordering on-line in the future (with an aggressive promo code, of course).   We’ll see what Cyber Monday brings…

Celebrity Sporting: Lincoln Park Boy Band

Against my initial aversion, the 2012 American Music Awards sucked me in last night.  I was able to pull away for The Walking Dead, but I must say, I enjoyed the first hour.  Great performances by No Doubt, The Wanted, and Ke$ha almost pulled me in for the entire show, but I had to find out who was calling Rick!  Stacy Keibler’s legs would have taken top moment, but I was fascinated with the new every-day-work-look of Lincoln park.

I love Lincoln Park.  There one of only a few “modern” rock bands that keep putting out popular music.  Critics who say, “They sold out to the Transformers franchise”, don’t understand the modern economics of the music industry.  They get paid to create and perform music – every musician’s dream.  Who cares who pays?  Iconic front man Chester Bennington, always entertains and his style always delivers.  His leather jacket and hoodie looked great, yet simple enough for the workplace.  But last night, his lesser-known band mates stood out as front men.

Guitarist Brad Delson turned all heads in his Jacket vest and tie.  My girl kept asking, “Who’s that guy in the glasses”.  Drummer Rob Bourdon also dressed up for the occasion in jacket and tie, right from his part-time librarian job.  And more well known rapper/vocalist /guitarist/songwriter Mike Shinoda looked ready to teach physics and then enjoy a nice cognac.  They stood apart from Niki Minaj’s tripped upon gigantic yellow dress, The Wanted’s trihardness and Kelly Clarkson’s Mad Max attire.  Dark and less bold is actually the BOLD move this season.

All three jumped right out of the Banana Republic ad and are ready for the Monday morning team meeting.  Simple – stylish – IN!  If they were in creative jobs, no changes necessary.  If they worked for a more traditionally conservative firm, simply add slacks and shoes and they’re good to go.  Follow the example of AMA’s 2012 Best Alternative Rock band, move from backup to front man and rock the workplace!