Investing more in less
As I have become older my buying habits have changed. Investing more in less is something I will always advocate, yet I always want to be transparent in how I have picked up the clothes I have.
In recent weeks opening up Twitter or Instagram brings with it another person’s opinion on transparency online. It is good to see the conversation so en masse and everyone wanting to be more transparent with what they are sharing on social. Though most of the conversation has centred around adverts, it got me thinking about being transparency when it comes to my wardrobe.
Opening it up and seeing my current wardrobe I am happy that I am able to own pieces by some of my favourite brands. At 24 I feel I spend more on less and tend to focus on mid-price brands in the £50-£200 bracket. But one of the reasons I have been able to do this is that I am in a very privileged position as my wardrobe is supplemented by pieces sent to me for work or gifted along the way. While talks of transparency fill timelines and inboxes, I think it is important that I am open about this too. I do not want people to think that I am in a place that is unattainable, and that people compare my wardrobe to theirs. I hope that it is being seen in context from the position I am in and that writing this blog post will help. There is no question that I would not have some of the items I have now if it wasn’t for being in the job I am in, but I’m certain I would still have the same approach and that building a wardrobe that works together is best in the long run.
Example: to say I have an Acne Studios coat in my wardrobe is incredible. But each time I tag it, I almost feel the need to justify and expand on the point that it is from the archive store and not the actual store. Yes I hope that one day I will be able to buy at full price later down the line, but for me I am not yet in that place although it could look like I am.
For me personally I feel that at this age tastes naturally change, but buying pieces at full-price is difficult. The ways in which I tend to shop brands is during sale season at sample sales and also when sample sales and then the odd piece that I need and fulfils a purpose. Identifying an item that I need and then sourcing it is something I quite enjoy.
The other day on Instagram I talked about how sometimes it’s better to try something in a similar style to what you’re eyeing up before investing properly to make sure you are buying something you are going to wear. It is about making measured decisions and then feeling satisfied with them afterwards because of the amount of use you get out of them and how they last. This is something I have been thinking about more and more and wanted people to see my blog and Instagram as attainable, but never a point of comparison. I think attitudes in fashion are slowly changing and that regardless if it is high-street, mid-price or designer we are making more conservative decisions and spending more on less.
I hope this did not come across as too much of a ramble and perhaps could have been a little tidier, but is something I wanted to put out and onto my blog.jbicon