Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thinking About Quantity V Quality


I always start out with good intentions but often get tempted by a bargain of the high street variety. When I started writing the blog back in spring of 2009, I was full of good wardrobe intentions but it didn't last long.

I am a somewhat complex character with a love of designer accessories but also one who can not resist a good high street bargain, which often means I end up with more cheap items than I would really like.  This often leads to me sitting back taking stock, especially at sale time, when I think to myself "I could of had one really good item for the money I have spent on that little lot".

Sometimes 10 cheap sales bargains add up to the price of a really good designer steal and that is where, we need to decide where our wardrobe priorities lie.

Most of my friends are fans of the high street and quite rightly so, ours is one of the best, but when they say "oh I could never afford a designer this or designer that", but pick up 10 sale items at £10 each, that is of course, not strictly true.  Fine if designer goods don't bother you, but I am sometimes made to feel a bit guilty for indulging in a designer purchase and have difficulty in getting my quality v quantity point across to friends, it can become pretty frustrating!

I think I will always be the kind of shopper who buys from both and likes a mixture of quantity and quality but I remain in awe of women who create a new season wishlist and stick to it with just a few high quality items, I am all too often tempted by a mid season bargain or a garment I would never of wanted until I see how good it looks on someone else.


Case in point, I have just sold seven pairs of shoes in order to purchase a new designer pair on sale and I couldn't be happier! My wardrobe is cleared of shoes that I never get round to wearing or ones I can no longer walk in, so I have more space and a lovely new designer purchase for a tad over £100.

So when it comes to fashion, do you prefer to fill your wardrobe with things that you truly love and desire and are more likely to keep for longer, or do you prefer to buy lots of cheaper on trend items?

29 comments:

  1. I try Sharron, I try...... Sometimes I get side tracked! My favourite things in my wardrobe are my investment pieces and they do last . Your new Stella shoes are utterly fabulous! My plan for A/W is to only buy quality pieces..... Let's see if I stick to it! X

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  2. Those sandals are stunning Sharron. I can't wait to see them on you!
    I've been thinking the same recently about how a few high street purchases can easily add up to one designer piece. I think I'm always going to be a high street girl at heart but if I can mix with a few designer items I'll be a happy bunny :-)
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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  3. Yep, gotta really love one's purchases 100%! X

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  4. Lovely sandals Sharron....I am trying to cut down on impulse buys but still love a bargain when I see one! Sadly with my boys in college my clothes budget is reduced greatly for the time being!!
    ~Anne xx

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  5. I fill mine with utter crap!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Those sandals are GORGEOUS

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  6. Where did you get those beautiful sandals? Stunning. I like to splash out on designer treats at sale time, combining with high street as well, but the less but better way makes more and more sense to me, especially classics I will have forever.

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  7. Totally agree with you Sharron. I like to mix a bit but shoes and bags are definitely something that I have recently started to spend more on and am happy having just a few beloved items. Absolutely LOVE those sandals, utterly gorgeous xx

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  8. I try to be good and save for more expensive pieces but to be honest, I'm just too easily swayed and tempted. I really must try harder! Your sandals are gorgeous. Lynne x

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  9. I do have a few designer investment pieces but I tend to think the other way round: I could have a few high street items for the price of one designer! Trying to change my mindset a bit so that I end up with better quality. I love the sandals, they are beautiful x

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  10. I'm just like you - I start with great intentions but tend to get side tracked. Like you, I also get frustrated trying to justify my nicer pieces to friends. I'm going to visit my sister in Chicago next month so clearly there will be shopping - however, I'm pretty determined that I'm only going to purchase quality, so there won't be the usual quantity coming back with me! (I hope!!)

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  11. I mean to go more investment purchase wise this A/W but in reality that is unlikely to happen as fashion should be fun and I am bound to get my head turned by loads of high street stuff! I will probably be recouping some funds like you by selling some stuff on eBay if I come across a brilliant designer bargain too! xx

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  12. Funnily enough I was just thinking about this earlier today after taking delivery of a huge Atterley Road parcel (read box). I'm trying to be good and asking myself do I really need this but then get side tracked. I try to buy a few really nice things a year but these tend to be limited to shoes, boots and dresses.

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  13. Oh I know Sharron, I think over the years I have worked out that there are certain things that you don't have to fork out on the designer pieces. But there are some things that only the real deal is good enough, and I do think in Autumn Winter, it's harder to buy high street, than in Summer, but I really stand by good bag, good shoes, good coat and good sunglasses, just a touch of designer makes everything else look top dog, if you are clever! xxx

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  14. I do sometimes think how I should save up for something nice but I do like a high street bargain and I find that I wear these items far more than the expensive things I have as I then deem them to precious for general wear so they never see the light of day. Good thing I don't have overly expensive tastes. BTW, the sandals are gorgeous!

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  15. I try and mix both - case in point leather trousers - I just spent a fortune on them but they fit and feel fab! A leather skirt though where fit is less of an issue and I am more than happy to buy it from Asos - the sandals are AMAZING xx

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  16. I have been mulling over this concept for a while now. I think my problem (besides my budget) is that I have a hard time justifying (to myself) the price of a designer item. Sure I know the cost per wear ratio (particularly with shoes or a handbag) but then I know just how devastated I would be when I scuffed, or otherwise ruined the item.

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  17. I love your shoes and applaud you - you will enjoy wearing them so much more than all the others put together. I'm trying to do exactly the same thing. I'm not even fussed about designer, just really good quality things that I love and feel good in. My sale buys have included a handbag, leather jacket and pair of boots which I love - and I get so much pleasure from all 3. I'd rather have less that I love than lots that I like! :)

    Nic x

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  18. Sharon, I think we should meet up and discuss this over coffee (Bicester Village do you...???!!). I am so the same as you. I want to only buy what I need but I get caught up in a sale and a bargain price and voila, what I actually need is out of the window. I buy designer - but always at a reduced price. I also buy high street - I love Gap & Zara and couldn't be without them. I am beginning to realise I think I will always be that type of shopper - dipping in and out of designer and big street. They say variety is the spice of life! (Oh and a lot bar I'd say 1 and my sister, of my friends would have a fit if they knew the prices I paid for some designer stuff, reduced or not. But we all value things differently and spend money in different ways. A piece of leather - handbag etc I could splash out on but that amount on one item of clothing, no way. Not yet anyway!).xx

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    1. If only Bicester were closer to me, I'd have to go into London and out again hence I have never been xx

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  19. Gorgeous sandals Sharron! I am useless and you know it - always tempted by the highstreet. Now and again though I will invest in a decent item or two - when I get my DM's they'll be an investment! xx

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  20. Not sure I can add much more to what's been said already - I agree with so many of the comments. I support the idea of spending a decent amount on boots, bags and coats but feel that for everything else, it's down to just finding the best fit for you...not necessarily what costs a lot. I'm also easily bored and love getting new patterns and colours and trying new styles. Oh and I'm a huge fan of selling off stuff too to fund new items!! Love the new sandals Sharron, Ax

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  21. I try to stick to a list of things and then get swayed by a bargain far too easily. But when I have bought designer in the last ten years excluding a couple of handbags I have always managed to get discount or it's a sale purchase. Those sandals are beautiful.

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  22. Really great post, sums up what I've been thinking lately! I am going to try much harder to only buy investment pieces this autumn - new handbag is on the wish list so that will probably take up most of the budget anyway!
    Abbi x

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  23. Those sandals look so dreamy! Good purchase.

    I am not sure whether items I 'truly love and desire' and 'cheaper on trend' items are mutually exclusive - for example, earlier this year I bought a 1920's style dress when everyone was jumping on the Gatsby bandwagon. Some people will stop wearing it when that look is 'over', but I love the style, always have, and will continue to wear it even when it's not trendy! Also, I have found that quality varies just as much among more expensive brands than cheaper ones.

    I love a debate! x

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  24. I don't have anything designer but I don't shop in Primark either or go crazy spending hundreds each month on loads of stuff. I do have a lot of clothes amassed over the years but to me Boden is fairly pricey but I like their quality plus their sales are often great at 70% off. I do shop the high street & supermarkets too but just try to be mindful that I don't need anything and I publish a budget post each month to keep my honest. I've not felt ashamed as yet publishing a budget post :)

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  25. You've done so well here Sharron & good for you! They are gorgeous sandals! You are so right & I've really been thinking about what I buy these days as not to waste a penny or wardrobe space! I've not quite managed a designer purchase yet but I'm definitely getting wiser! Ax

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  26. I try to buy only things I love...but i have recently been tempted by bargains on ASOS and Topshop. Good on you for selling things that you are not wearing. I'm doing a cull of my wardrobe as you know:)

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  27. Interesting post, Sharron, and food for thought. I used to love designer handbags and shoes, but as I get older, I find that I would rather buy something cheaper but of good (arguably equal!) quality and put the rest of the money towards my holidays, as I love travelling and the quality time I get to spend with my family on holiday, on balance more than I would enjoy another Mulberry handbag. Don't get me wrong, I love my high-end pieces, but I just don't feel the same compulsion to buy them now I'm heading towards my late 40s that I did 10 years ago.

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  28. Sorry, meant to add that I think your Stella McCartney sandals are absolutely gorgeous, I love them. (personally would struggle to pay over £100 for non-leather, but may well make an exception for these as they are so pretty).

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