|Dress: Asos, Coat: Custom made, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Dorothy Perkins, Chevron rings: Asos, Rose drop earrings: Asos, Belt: Vintage, Nail polish: Essie "French Affair"|
Recently I've been thinking a lot about my personal style and my shopping habits. I've always had a soft spot for beautiful things, dreamy and feminine dresses, sharp blazers and classy coats. But over the years, I've also indulged in one too many fast fashion pieces: tops that loose their shape after second washing (fortunately, they are great for house cleaning afterwards - talk about recycling), skirts that are way shorter than they appeared on models (I'm talking about you, Topshop, and your skater dresses that hardly cover the backside), and sweaters that gets lumpy even before the first wear. I really think it's time for me to make a conscious decision to avoid this kind of expendable pieces, and focus instead on classic wardrobe basics in the best quality I can afford. As I'm getting older (and hopefully wiser, too), I find myself drawn to those legendary basic pieces that have withstood the test of time and that will be forever classy.
I've had this coat for longer than I dare to admit, and it's most definitely the item I've worn most over the years. It's custom made and despite the fact that I've worn it really everywhere, from my college classes in Paris, through smoky pubs, to a dinner with the vice-president of the European Commission (for whom I was working); it still retained the same shape and there is not a single damage to the fabric. And believe me when I say that I stuffed it into the washing machine more than once (the poor thing has never seen a dry cleaner in its life!).
I find myself reaching out for it over and over again, when I need a classic cover up for a date night, cocktails with girlfriends or a quick shopping trip. It's the epitome of timeless, and it inspires me daily to seek out quality over quantity, and to prefer considerate purchases over impulsive buys. I'm pretty sure I'll still be wearing it in five (maybe even ten) years, and it will never look cheap or out of place.
Now tell me, what is the one item in your closet that gets the most of your attention?