Fashion

Investing in your style

March 22, 2017

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Hat Brixton Jacket Private White V.C* T-shirt Sunspel (c/o) Trousers Oliver Spencer Trainers Common Projects (c/o)

Photography by Joe Galvin

Changes with my style began in my twenties. The oddities of my wardrobe made their way to younger family members, leaving myself with a few pieces that I often reach for in the mornings. Building on what I spoke about in my post about finding my style, once you begin to understand what you enjoy wearing, you can start investing in more premium, well-made pieces.

When I meet up with people to discuss the blog, I always express my desire to use this platform to share my belief in buying better and buying less. It’s nice to be able to buy in confidence knowing that what I do invest in now will be with me for years. The days of buying bright coloured chinos and graphic tops are for me, alas, over.

So finding that pair of denim jeans that will create some beautiful patina as you wear, the frames that you will certainly not leave in your back pocket and a grey sweatshirt that’s rewarding each time you wear it.

Removing yourself from trends and focusing on your personal style allows you to take your time with what you buy. These staples will always be there season upon season and sites like MR PORTER help by stocking brands that share the same principals as myself. And you’ll find if you only make a couple purchases every few months, overtime your wardrobe will have a collective ebb and flow where each item works well with the next.

This wander around the Barbican shows the direction I want to steer my wardrobe in. Although normcore, I enjoy this way of dressing. This Private White V.C lightweight jacket from MR PORTER, weaved to aid protection from typical rainy weather, is as bold as my colours tend to get, spring or not. Paired with my navy courtesy of Sunspel, Oliver Spencer and even the heel tab of the trainers, it’s the attention to detail and design accents that make an outfit such as this one that I’d enjoy to wear daily.

I’m not talking about the super premium, but taking a step back from all high street to include a mix of independents and respected brands that are known to last.

I’m not saying all people in their twenties need to invest heavily straight away. It’s more about thinking what suits your lifestyle and what it would benefit from first. A premium jacket, jumper, a pair of shoes… Everyone’s at different stages building up their wardrobe and my advice is to start by removing what you don’t wear. Dressing becomes easier and more satisfying, knowing that what you’re wearing makes you feel good and that when you wash it, it’ll be the same shape and feel as before.

I’d be interested in hearing what people currently have in their wardrobe and what they wear on the daily. What they are wanting your next purchase to be?

Jordan

This post was created in association with MR PORTER. However, all the views expressed are my own.

10 Comments

  • Reply Arran Cross March 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Killer location mate, and loving the post. Totally agree with removing yourself from trends and focusing on your own personal style, especially with some well made pieces thats and the test of time.

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Cheers Arran! Glad you managed to make your way down to the Barbican the other week as well. For me, it’s nice to keep an eye out for them, take what you want from the trends, but don’t be consumed by it and let it dictate what you wear.

  • Reply Jacob Story March 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree with your points more. Great style is the stuff that lasts forever while the latest trend will soon be replaced by something else. I don’t know about you, but denim is what got me into this way of thinking – buying dark jeans introduced me to the ‘invest once, enjoy forever’ mentality and it quickly spread to the rest of my wardrobe.

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

      It sure is. For me, it’s all about investing in pieces that you know you’ll want to wear twelve months down the line. Yes, a good quality pair of denim goes a long way. What were they? I hope they’ve aged well!

  • Reply Liam March 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Love this, great post and photos. I also remember the days of bright coloured chinos, thank God they’re gone…

    Have a good one!

    Liam 🙂
    liamjhavard.com

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Oh yes, you could make the colours of the rainbow with my chino collection. What was I thinking?

  • Reply Matthew Pike March 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

    When you start to work out what colours / shapes / materials work for you – rather than letting trends dictate what you where – things start to make sense. Sometimes it’s about adopting a uniform which makes you feel yourself, but adding new bits into the mix to keep things interesting. It’s hard for the high street to create garments that actually last, hence why they end up at the chazza shop so often.

    Great work, and solid stuf from Joe.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 10:01 am

      The moment you decide to not actively follow trends and only take something from them if it suits you, is when you start feeling confident about your own style. You feel in control of what you wear and buy.

  • Reply Sam April 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    This is great and something that I’ve been really thinking about after travelling for a while.
    Beautiful content, do you mind me asking what you shoot on?
    Thanks!

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Hi Sam, thank you for stopping by and sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. Where did you go travelling? Of course not, I shoot mainly on a Canon 6D. However, this post was created with a Canon 5D mk III.

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