I have been interested in the discussion about clothing over at Making it Lovely. Nicole asked people whether they go for quantity or quality (I’m summarising here, read her post in full to get a better understanding) when buying clothing.
I certainly don’t buy very cheap clothes (I’ve never bought any from Primark, for example, despite the fact that my friends often have nice things from there): it makes me uneasy to think of what the people who assembled a £2 t-shirt got paid for their trouble. But at the same time I’m not quite at the Boden end of the market, much as I’d like to be.
In the past 12 months or so I have been making a real effort with clothes: I used to buy nice things and save them for special occasions, but now if I buy something nice, I wear it. It’s a simple step, but doesn’t come that easy to me – I would almost rather wrap nice things in tissue paper and hide them in the wardrobe, lest anything be spilled on them, or they get clawed by the kitten.
I’ve also found that the things on sale in stores I used to shop in (Next, for example) are not that appealing these days (I’m not keen on ‘fashionable’ clothing – the trends for drainpipe jeans and oddly shaped cardigans have passed me by). This meant for a long while I bought hardly any clothes at all, but now I’ve found a few new places to shop and am possibly spending a little too much on clothes.
Over the weekend I placed an order at Kew for a few things, and I’m hoping to visit White Stuff soon to see the new season’s stock. I have a couple of skirts from White Stuff that I get asked about every single time I wear them, and they always seem to have something I want to wear. Great Plains is another good option – their clothes this season are lovely, but the colours in the collection would not suit me so well (there are a lot of light, neutral colours, and lots of blue).
I’ve recently ordered a copy of Sew U by Wendy Mullin, so that should give me even more options – the two skirts I made last year get worn regularly, which has given me the confidence to make some more clothes.
But still I think there must be more shops that I don’t know about – so if you know of any online or real clothing shops that you love, please let me know.