A lot of people use fashion as a way to express their unique sense of style. I can’t say I’m up on all the latest trends, but I try to look like I live some time in the 21st century. It’s fun to experiment with new clothes and accessories, putting things together in fresh, new ways. It can make your day when you find just the right piece to complete a look.
It is possible, however, for a fashionista to have too much of a good thing.
Be on the lookout for the following warning signs. If you exhibit any of them, it may mean your passion for fashion has gone a bit too far:
- When you talk about “investments” you’re referring to your Yves Saint Laurent handbags, not your 401K.
- You own more than 4 pairs of jeans.
- Your feet are so messed up you’ve got your podiatrist on speed-dial, yet that is not enough of an incentive to abandon your vast collection of Manolo Blahniks with the six-inch heels.
- You live alone mainly because a roommate would expect to share some of the closet space.
- Navy with black is on trend this season. You figure you’ll need a whole, new wardrobe since all your stuff is from last season when the style was black with navy.
- You scrape your knuckles trying to extract anything from your jam-packed closet, yet each morning you stand in front of it and wail, “I don’t have a thing to wear!” And you mean it.
- You’re like a movie star on the red carpet, not because you have any acting ability, but because you’ve got so much money tied up in the jewelry adorning various parts of your body, you shouldn’t leave the house without an armed guard.
- It seems perfectly reasonable to have 8 pairs of black boots. After all, the heels and trim are slightly different.
- You consider eyeglasses as yet another fashion accessory – prescription, not just cheaters- and have an entire wardrobe of different styles for different occasions.
- You’ve got hats, handbags and shoes to match every outfit, and you are not the Queen of England.
- You buy a great little dress that looks so familiar, you’re sure you must have seen it in the pages of a fashion magazine. When you get home, you discover it looks familiar because you have the exact, same dress hanging in the back of your closet.
Do any of these symptoms sound like you? If so, it may be time for an intervention. Things have reached a serious stage, but don’t despair – help is available. I’ve discovered a wonderful support group that welcomes fashionistas warmly in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Won’t you join us? We meet every Tuesday morning at Bloomingdale’s.
In the shoe department.