[pictures from Shanghai: Xintiandi, Changle street and some parts of People's Square offered nice, varied and quality shopping that wasn't all mainstream]
I am happy to announce that my fashion behavior has finally changed.
I realized that about me in Shanghai.
When I went to Hong Kong in, I think 2006, I was thrilled to find fashionable clothes for so cheap. Quality was not a big concern to me then. I was simply happy to dig in and pay little. The same when I was in Seoul for the first time.
In Shanghai, too, there is a lot of shopping. Department stores, shopping malls, high end designer boutiques, independent labels, international high street and fast fashion as well as local fast fashion, etc. I would have had the opportunity to dig in and pay little once again. However. I simply did not feel like it. At all.
While in Shanghai, I merely bought one dress, a new iPhone case, and post cards (we never sent).
It was then that I realized that for me, fashion doesn't need to move fast any longer. I now get excited by special pieces that are unusual yet of a transitional quality rather than anything that's "trendy" or just nice. In short: I am looking for basic lead pieces that match my personality and style in all aspects. Quality now is much more important to me as well because ideally, good things are to last.
I think that this is all a good development because in the end, I am buying less because nothing is ever good enough. But when it is, it is very good!
Now down with the few stupid impulse buys I still do from time to time.