Anonymous asked:Where do you shop?
I’m going to give you a long answer that you didn’t ask for.
With the exception of grabbing a few basics from the Zara sale and thrifting with my best friend last week, I haven’t gone shopping in months.
Why? I don’t believe it’s necessary. Someone once said to me “you bloggers must shop a lot”. In my mind, I thought “bullshit”.
I can’t stress the importance of buying what you only need. I’m still learning how to do that and my spending habits have improved greatly. I only really buy food.
I realised that I used to shop a lot when I was stressed. Not healthy, you’re just avoiding the problem. New shoes won’t fill that gap for long. This is why I say that “Retail Therapy” is crap. Face the problem at hand.
Also the most important factor. Clutter. All the clothes I bought were taking up space and I wasn’t wearing them that often. I don’t cope well in crowded environments. I find myself unable to do important work.
It’s taken a while but I’ve finally brought my wardrobe down to the basics, clothes I actually wear frequently.
I’ve given myself a new rule, if I buy one item, I give one away. That is except it’s something I know that I was definitely lacking e.g. a cardigan for winter. This helps maintain balance in my life.
Before you buy an item, access the quality of the garment. Anuschka Rees has got a great post on her blog about that: http://into-mind.com/2014/05/04/how-to-assess-the-quality-of-garments-a-beginners-guide-cheat-sheet/
How many times will you wear this garment, how many things does it match in your wardrobe, can you think of more than three ways to style this garment with the rest of the items in your wardrobe? Consider the cost per wear. Will it be worth the buy?
A bad habit is buying an item that matches nothing in your wardrobe and then going right back out to buy things to match that item. You’re building up clutter.
A lot of people don’t follow laundry instructions or take proper care of their clothes. This is important if you want them to last. Read the labels. I try to not buy dry-clean only items because I usually forget and toss them in the washing machine. Wash coloured items separately. Don’t ruin your nice white shirt by washing it with red pants.
To the bloggers out there, there’s nothing wrong with repeating clothes or outfits. I wore a dress yesterday to take blog photos and someone asked “haven’t you worn this on your blog before”. Yes, I have but I styled it differently. Be creative.
Let me answer your question. American Apparel, Zara. For basics like under-shirts or vests H&M have got really good basics. Like whoa I’ve had this vest that I’ve used for almost 4 years now from H&M and it’s still going strong. I see at least 4 more years in it’s future. I may or may not be exaggerating.
I do have a fair amount of River Island, Topshop & their concessions, Miss Selfridge & Urban Outfitters concessions from previous years though.
There’s nothing wrong with shopping secondhand/vintage/thrifted items. You tend to not have the same thing as every Thumbelina, Dascha & Harriet. And you get good quality clothes for a fraction of the price. I scored a men’s Burberry shirt for £10. I’m trying to authenticate it though, almost tooo good to be true