[Fashion Binge.]

The worst part about having a shopping addiction problem is when the items you want have a legitimate place in your wardrobe.

A couple weeks ago the boyfriend and I went out to a lovely Italian restaurant in SF (the Magic Flute, which was supremely awesome, I do recommend it) and I was faced with the fact that my “going” out wardrobe needs updating, or expanding. I’ve been so busy with my work-looks (i.e. looking just-so while hopefully expanding the minds of college freshmen) that I forgot all about the equally important night-look! Granted, I usually spend Saturday nights watching Criminal Minds and eating soy ice-cream due to the “convenient” schedule of said boyfriend, who works as a residential youth counselor, but still! Add to that the fact that I recently dropped several dress-sizes, which means that basically most of my clothes are a bit bigger on me, which for going-out is not so good.

A girl needs options!

But when such options are not used every day, there’s no point in over-spending, and I if anything a smart shopper (except I will never embrace my mother’s adage that you can save 100% off an item if you don’t buy it at all – no fun). I was quite happy to snag a deal on this shirt, with silver-white beading instead of grey. Just loose enough to balance a super-tightly dressed lower half. ($19.99 marked down from $88 – it’s like a drug!) Quotation: Matty M Jersey Tank with Beaded Neckline

(Maybe you see where I’m going…) This isn’t the exact skirt, but similar…and so cute! It actually unzips though, which means I have to wear the zipper on the front, otherwise bad things could…happen.

Jack BB Dakota-The Shanae Skirt in Black

I also tried on  several spectacular-looking shoes, but ultimately chickened out – you see, I’ve had mixed opinions about the “latest” shoes, the ones that are sky high with hidden platforms and insane strappiness. You’ve seen the like, I’m sure. (Still can’t get on board with the whole “caged-in” look)GraysonThey just seem impractical, and too extreme. But things are changing, and now I am in need. Maybe Lady Gaga is sneaking in somewhere. Tried on a pair of black-patent Nine West (not expensive, a plus) sandals with a platform and what must be 5 inch heels, at least, and I was surprised at how comfortable they were, due to the platform, I’m sure.

Nine West Women's Elkie Platform Sandal

But these seem a bit better to me, more wearable (though the pair I tried on had a different ankle strap, this one seems less flattering). The only problem with heels this high, even though they’e do-able (ha, ha ha) you have to walk different, and I’m a fast-walker by nature, not used to being slowed down by anything over 4 inches. Nine West Hambert

So I think I might be able to rock this pair in “real life” more easily – plus, they’re blue! I don’t have any blue shoes…..yet……

But then again, don’t these look practical to you? Basic black, un-adorned, simple? Perfect for any occasion and season? Yes? Really?

(Did I mention they were Prada? Does that change your answer?)

Now let me ask you, is is wrong to spend an entire month of graduate student-teacher’s salary on a pair of Prada platform crisscross sandals that may or may not be in next season?

[Yes. Dammit.]

I’m putting the word out there, fashion gods. Send me the perfect pair of platform sandals – oh, and if they could be on sale and versatile, that would be great.

Because sometimes a grad student needs to put down the books, and go out. In the perfect pair of shoes. How else can we change the image of people who read too many books?