During the last year (what with all the financial doom and gloom) there has been a lot of talk in the press and on the street about changing our approach to buying clothes. The argument seems to be in favour of buying fewer items but of higher quality that will last longer. Fundamentally I agree with this philosophy and have been trying to steer my thinking in this direction. Less, I would have to generally agree, is more.
I’ve poddled around on various websites and peeked in a few clothes shops, however, and I keep hitting a barrier. My trouble is, these ‘quality’ items seem to be a bit high maintenance. Hand washing, dry cleaning and so on. At heart I am a machine wash, fuss free kind of gal. I don’t want to freak out that I’ve spilt coffee on my perfect silk blouse that cost £90. And yes – to me £90 for a shirt is very fancy indeed. I am not remotely designer orientated. If I had £100 to spend on clothes and no more for a few months then I would actually much rather get 2 or 3 items than just one perfect thing. I know we ought to be throwing less stuff away, I know that any kind of manufacturing (clothes included) is damaging to the environment and so on. I know all of these things. And yet, I would rather have a couple of items that cost around £20-£40 that will update the basics in my wardrobe than one new top or pair of trousers that I would have to wear again and again and again until I am sick to death of it and be running back and forth to the dry cleaners.
What do you think? Have you discovered any clothes shopping wisdom through trial and error? Can you recommend any shops that sell good quality, ethically sourced items at a reasonable price?!