Read what are the Must-haves on my back to school shopping list this year, and how this list looked like in the 1970s in Germany.
- Alaska Back to School Means Online Shopping
- What’s on My Back to School Shopping List
- In the 1970s, Back to School Meant Winter Clothes Shopping
- Back to School Meant Downgrading Sunday’s Best
- Wear Your Clothes like You Mean It
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Alaska Back to School Means Online Shopping
In Alaska, summer ends in mid August. At that time, fall is in full swing, and I typically have started building my wardrobe for the cold season. This means I have identified already what I need, and my shopping list is prioritized into Must-haves and Maybes right in time for back to school shopping.
Why so early? Well, except when living in the Anchorage area, most Alaskans have to rely on online stores to update their wardrobe. In Fairbanks and Juneau, the two other cities with more than 30000 inhabitants, only special niche stores exist like shops for wedding attire, outdoor and harsh weather clothing. Unfortunately, when these stores have something nice, Alaskans buy it in all colors.
Well there is also Value Village. While one woman’s trash may be another woman’s treasure, you can’t rely on them to update your wardrobe.
What’s on my Back to School Shopping List?
Here are the pieces that are currently on my short-list. Note I haven’t run my fashion budgeting tool yet.
- A lightweight solid color and patterned cashmere sweater (Must-Haves)
- Ankle high booties with heel (Must-Have)
- Riding boots (Must-Have)
- Tall boots that work with my gray tights and gray tweed skirt (Must-Have)
- Walking ducks/booties (Must-Have)
- A solid color fit-and-flare dress (Must-Have)
- Statement winter coat (May be)
I love the tie-dye sweater <3 , but it is way out of my price-league. 🙁 The Fair Isle style turtleneck sweater would be nice, but it is a cashmere cotton mix. It’s great for warm climate winters, but not suitable in Alaska’s frigid cold. 🙁
All my fit-and-flare dresses are printed. I seem to love them as a printed one sneaked in on my list. However, it’s a may be.
Which are the pieces in these categories that you would buy? Just curious
In the 1970s, Back to School Meant Winter Clothes Shopping
On the contrary to the US, where school is off from mid May to mid August, or so, in Germany, summer time off was six weeks. The time differed depending on the regions. Even when the vacation where late, it always somehow covered July.
Like everywhere in the world, department stores used the sales to test-drive some new fall trends. During my childhood, there were only two sales, summer final sale and winter final sale. These sales started in July and January, respectively.
Since it was sales time, winter clothes were often not at the full price one would pay later once the season was in full swing. Being frugal, my parents started the shopping for new winter clothes for us during the summer final sales. Thus, I never associated back to school with getting new clothes. On the contrary, …
… Back to School Meant Downgrading Sunday’s Best
Depending on when the six weeks had started, mid or end of August was time for back to school. Back to school can be exciting because of new clothes. In the past, however, it didn’t amuse me fashion-wise because of the Must-haves. My late mom always insisted on that we kids dressed our best for the first weeks or so. She was a firm believer that
The first impression is what people stick to.
Since kids grow out of clothes within a season, summer’s Sunday’s Best was now allowed to be worn to school! “…to wear it off” like she would have said.
I never liked this philosophy. Of course, I understood that it makes no sense to wear the new winter garments when it was still summer. Even though I was looking forward to wearing them.
Wear Your Clothes like You Mean It
While I was still growing in height, “keep the new clothes for Sunday’s Best” meant my attire looked like hand-me downs. I namely had worn it in rotation with a second Sunday’s Best (when I was lucky to have two) every Sunday all summer!
The other “everyday” clothes were cheap finds my mother had picked up in fast fashion stores. When I was older, I refused to wear new clothes on Sundays, and wore them to school instead. Of course, I got a lot of critique about that from my family.
It’s all about feeling confident in what you wear. I am the kind of gal who thinks that not wearing your investment pieces is like tossing them.
Live first class, before your heirs do it.
However, I am also very down to Earth when it comes to shopping. I would never buy a statement piece when a work horse is needed.
Don’t let your outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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