You can imagine the difficulty in keeping it all together with all the house renovation chaos. And if you think budgeting for a good wardrobe is tough, try budgeting for a house. Nightmare!
I stopped buying fast fashion may be 3 or 4 years ago and Have never looked back. It was tough, at first, but I did it. No more wasted time visiting H&M “just to browse” and ZARA holds no temptations for me. I gradually phased out all my old purchases, so I don’t think there is really much left from that era. The key now is to buy for my real lifestyle so I have lovely things to wear every day, rather than stock up on imaginary lifestyle scenarios.
My own London Lifestyle means lots of rain, traffic, rush hour, crazy work, swanky bars and good restaurants. The delightful lady Beatrice also features prominently in day to day affairs, as of course my LSH. (Long Suffering Husband)and would love to hear about your lifestyle evaluation and how you balance it with your clothing purchases…everyone has a unique lifestyle and needs a unique wardrobe to suit- share a short paragraph here or email me separately.
Trousers: I have a few tailored pairs for work, but since I cycle they do get rather worn out and need to be replaced. I love good tailoring andusually hang on, and wear them, till there are holes and start looking indecent, but ultimately this is an opportunity to keep shapes current. So out with the old. Oh and avoid cheap black fabrics acting as a cat hair magnets. Good trousers will need adjusting by a good tailor for perfect fit – so double the cost and the time, but it has to be done.
Skirts/dresses: in the winter I am mostly a trousers kind of girl, but I keep a vintage pencil skirt and a full voluminous one for special occasions. These transcend fashions and always look great with cashmere tights, and new shoes. The pencil skirt is an 80s grass green, tweed CHANEL -which I absolutely love to wear for restaurants and festive outings. It’s a real chameleon and have yet to tire of it.
Shoes: block heels will bring an outfit up to date. I love the idea of a good shoe, yet I don’t see the need to spend excessively. Shoes must be of reasonable quality and offer comfort. As much as I try to buy made in EU perfect shoes are hard to come by, and I wear them rather than keep them stored for years. This is one item I am happy to buy two the same design and alternate wearing. Ready to kick Borgias a**!
Tops: cashmere from Brora is timeless and virtually immortal. Silk shirts are good for work, but they need regular replenishing, especially cream or pastel colours which I adore. I had my eye on a divine Dior satin silk shirt, until I saw the price, which made me weep. More expensive than my new bathroom taps! And they were expensive! So I abandoned that plan and bought the taps instead. I tend to buy silk shirts from Top Shop boutique, (made in England, pure silk and relatively inexpensive)
Coats: These come from Max mara and were good investment pieces in the true sense. Warm and attractive without excessive embellishment that tend to date things.
Accessories: my adoration for a good handbag, has led me to overbuying. There are so many good handbag choices out there, though prices have hit the roof. I was looking for a casual shoulder bag from the row, the price made me faint. One needs to re think handbag purchases. Do you still think Kellys are current? And I so need a new belt…
Personal style notes
I have a set silhouette that I follow. Fitted clothes, (but not skinny or tight). Nothing that restricts me sitting down, or cycling. I mean seriously, it pains me to see women wearing clothes they cannot breath in…Buy little and buy exquisite.
How many vintage Kelly bags does a girl need?
That is a rhetorical question…
Don’t ask! London prices are making me loose the will to live.
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