His ties, some of them

Just a few of his ties

It was his destiny. I figure. That’s what he tells me, my parents always made sure I was dressed properly, nicely. I guess I am supposed to accept that as a valid excuse. Why take away a man’s innate desire to dress himself well? Would I really want to exchange that for a pair of baggy sweats and a stained wife beater? Take a look at his wardrobe and you’ll see an explosion of style. A male fashionista he is. We’ve even invested in a second wardrobe. He is careful in handling and storing his collection: sweet smelling satchels to ward off the moth demon, handsome wooden hangers that lovingly hug his dress shirts and garment bags to store his most valuable suits. His fashionability doesn’t stop there. He has more shoes than me and the kids combined. His motto has been, if your clothes look damn good, you gotta have the shoes to match.

The shoe lineup

The lineup

My closet and shoe collection pales in comparison, unworthy of a picture. Although I do get the shoe bug once in awhile, my wardrobe is pretty simple and minimal. I have a few favorites that I tend to wear over and over again like the perfect pair of jeans or the easy on easy off pair of flats. I am picky about where I shop. It is a rare occasion when I can find a pair of pants or jeans of adequate length. 33in. Regulars are too short and Longs can be too damn long. There is only one place that satisfies this requirement, besides having the best clothes and the most unbelievable sale section ever AND if I could define my sense of style it would be this place, one word, Anthropologie. Yeah, I had to put that in there. I recommend it to all my family and friends especially when they’re into looking a little feminine, classic but in a super stylish, modern way. And the Sale room…did I mention the sale room already??

I must say this. My husband and I are bargain hunters. It may sound like my husband is stretching things a bit, but we never buy anything that isn’t marked down. With a little finesse, my husband manages to get some prices dropped down even more. If you shop around and know where to look, you can find some pretty great deals on really nice stuff. Even with shoes, my husband manages to make them last. He is meticulous about polishing them and when the leather soles get worn he makes a trip to the shoemaker to have them resoled for a few bucks. Sometimes that’s all they need. He’s even picked up a few pairs at second hand shops, had them resoled and voila a new pair of designer shoes at a fraction of the price.

The shirts

The shirts

My husband knows when to tame his urge to splurge. It is not so much how often he shops but what he shops for. He’s all about quality. And if he can find something good at a decent price he has no qualms about buying it. But you know the problem with that, right? So the both of us are in no way shape or form spendaholics. Like most families, we’ve got a budget to stick to. So he’s tamed his impulsive buying habit, enough to make us both feeling goodie inside. Doesn’t it feel great to walk out of a store and not purchase anything?

Now, if I can get him to kick the morning Starbucks routine…