I don't shop at the mall often. I actually almost never do. Sure, I'll peruse Zara occasionally and check out Topshop every now and again, but I usually do that online from the comfort of my own home.
That being said, the majority of this outfit was purchased at the mall. I was passing by Yorkdale the other day and had a strange urge to go check out some of the fast fashion stores. I've watched probably a billion "COME SHOPPING WITH ME!!!" and "HIGH STREET HAUL!!!" videos on Youtube, so somehow in the back of my mind I had the thought that maybe mall shopping wouldn't be so bad. And it wasn't so bad. I left with a couple things I love, but I know I probably overpaid considering H&M isn't really known for their superb quality.
Anyway, while I walked through the overwhelmingly busy mall, I tried to remember the Pinterest board I had made consisting of pieces I am hoping to get my hands on this season. Having prepared said Pinterest board really helped me narrow down my search in a sea of material. My eyes were drawn to fabrics, textures, and silhouettes similar to the ones included on the board.
I managed to get in and out of the mall fairly quickly, only having to stop once to pull up a map and figure out where I was. Would I consider mall shopping more regularly? Probably not. A) I really enjoy vintage and thrift shopping, B) I can't really afford anything they sell in the mall, and C) when I can, I'd rather support smaller businesses.
I can't deny it though, being able to find the outfit I had imagined in my head within an hour was truly satisfying, and a nice way to get the ball rolling for the autumnal styling to come.
All and all, if I was asked to rate my overall mall experience, it would have to be a 5/10 - enjoyed at times, but still not likely to recommend to a coworker or friend.
Photos Pat O'Rourke