I have been neglecting my wardrobe. I love cute, feminine clothes, but it seems like all of the dresses I’ve purchased lately have been of the $25 polyester/spandex variety. Likewise, I’ve been buying cheap, low-quality shoes. Cute enough and certainly affordable, but hardly luxe.
Time to remedy that.
I figured I’d approach this the same way I do a room, hence the little mockup. Making ME lovely, I suppose.
The purse I’ve had on my wishlist went on sale (35% off!), so I went ahead and bought it. I also needed to buy a new wallet because mine was starting to fall apart. My driver’s license and debit card would just go flying out whenever I opened it. My friend Genie and I went shopping yesterday, and I found THE ONE. It’s gorgeous, truly. The inside is my favorite shade of lilac/pink, and the billfolds and change compartment are lined with adorable stripes! The only problem: it was quite a bit more that I was planning to spend. The wallet will last for years and years though, so yes – I bought that too.
Now, I’ve been upgrading my accessories, but I haven’t to gotten to any actual items of clothing yet… I’d love to have Banana Republic’s Cap-sleeve Silk Dress (now on my wishlist), or J. Crew’s Chambray Oxford Dress (also added to the wishlist), but I went with the Spotty Tea Dress from Boden . That little dress is just perfect. I love the style, the scale of the polka dots, and the color (pink!). Oh, and good news for many: the dress sizes at Boden go up to the equivalent of a US size 18.
Quality vs. Quantity
In theory, I believe you should opt for fewer high-quality items than many inferior goods. I just haven’t been very good about putting that into practice. It’s not about price as much as it is about waiting for something with style (instead of buying another basic piece). I’m good at mixing high and low in my home, but not in my closet. I see a purse that’s $350 and shy away, but I’ll end up with five $70 purses without thinking twice (and I’ll give half of them away to friends or goodwill a year later).
I don’t even buy things that often, so what’s my excuse for not waiting for quality? I hereby pledge to do better! I’d rather have one beautiful shirt than five plain tees. I’d rather have one nice pair of shoes than a closet full of cheap plastic ones. If a dress is only so-so, it’s a no-no (sorry, that was cheesy). I’m not swearing off Target or H&M, but I do NOT need another black jersey dress – even if it is only $25.
What about you? Do you go for quality or quanity? An equal mix of the two?