I just spent time on the blog reminiscing on what I considered being a short Fall season, and this past weekend’s snow-filled Sunday put me in a shopping mood. Looking at my fall look, I remembered that I hadn’t quite finished my Fall/Winter repertoire of suits and turtlenecks. I had the autumnal color down, but I did have the basic black one in any of my closets or dressers. As a simple, staple piece, I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to find a black turtleneck, BUT, much like my predictions about a limitless Fall, I was incorrect about the ease of finding a turtleneck. I went to every store, with no success. I didn’t want a chunky turtleneck sweater. No thanks on the side button and zipper detail. Please leave the striped arms on the shelf. I want a basic black turtleneck; in a good fabric that is easy to layer. Not quite the Steve Jobs black cotton turtleneck tee, but that would have been nice to at least see those! Walking up and down Philadelphia’s Walnut Street, I went into all of my favorite stores and could not find what I was searching for. I wanted to go into the middle of the snow (slush) – filled streets and sing, Paula Cole style, “WHERE HAVE ALL THE TURTLENECKS GONE?!?!!!”
The last store was good news. I hadn’t been into Banana Republic for a while, but I do find them to be pretty stable when it comes to basic pieces. I thought to myself “the banana republic customer would definitely be into turtlenecks” so I put my hypothesis to the test. Boom. There in charcoal and black are the necks of turtles that I needed. Not for the original price tag though. Its the holiday, and I’m looking for sales. So, I’m annoyed and I go home, to spend my Gap Cash for family gifts.
As I am stocking my shopping cart with.. uh.. gifts.. I click on the Banana Republic tab, and, Boom. 40% off entire purchase! It took a blizzard, 8 Philly blocks of shopping, and Paula Cole’s hit song (and theme song for Dawson’s Creek) to lead me to what I thought was a “duh” of a piece of clothing.
However, each store had tons of printed pants, jerseys, and other indicators of the 90’s fashion resurgence. Go figure.