I’ve spent a lot more time this year focusing on my personal style. Previously, I’d just buy any old piece without thinking about how I’d style it or incorporate it into my wardrobe. You know how it goes… “Ooh I like that top.. And it’s only £12.99!” *add to basket* *checkout* and I’ve suddenly kissed goodbye to the best part of £15 on a top I’m going to wear twice but just don’t know it yet. I’ve felt more inspired than ever by my favourite Instagrammers and brands and I finally feel like I know what my personal style is. Casual, neutrals, cute dresses, prints and textures.
Now I’ve nailed my personal style, know what I like and dislike and what suits me and doesn’t (goodbye square necklines), I’m happy to invest more in my wardrobe. Long gone are the days where I’d scour fast fashion websites for the sake of finding something in the sale which would lose its shape and bobble after one wash.
I know that with more luxury brands like Saint and Sofia (where these beaaaaut dresses are from), there’s zero chance of that happening. You really do get what you pay for! All my ‘quality’ clothes like my Barbour coat, Camilla Elphick boots and Mulberry handbag have lasted me for years despite me wearing them at least a few times a week so the cost per wear is minimal. That’s the kinda route I want to go down with more of my wardrobe be that a plain white tee that doesn’t go see-through after a few washes or a dress like the one I’m wearing which I can wear throughout all four seasons without a single stitch breaking.
Unfortunately, quality often means an increase in price which doesn’t suit everyone. Although I have more disposable income than I used to, it still doesn’t mean I’m some kinda of baller who never has to step foot into Primark again! Besides, I do love a pair of Primark pyjama bottoms! But with a shift in morals meaning ethical fashion and sustainability is more important that a cheap price tag, I’m happy to spend the extra cash here and there. Especially as it means I don’t need as many clothes! After all, I only have one body to wear them on!
So with all of this in mind, I’m really keen to restock my wardrobe with ethical, well-made, timeless clothes from brands I truly adore like Saint and Sofia, Missoma and & Other Stories. I’d really love to know your favourite sustainable, high quality brands too!
Do you prefer quality over quantity?