tops - boutique by jaeger, shoes both m&s, skirt - jigsaw, cardigan - uniqlo
I mentioned back in January that I was looking to update my work wardrobe, as most of what I own for work I've had since I started my job four and a half (eek!) years ago. On top of just freshening up what I own, I also wanted to start trying to buy a few more quality things, and not just repeating the same mistakes of the past, as I tend to buy cheap work clothes and wearing them until they fall apart.
I am starting to get a bit of a reputation for my shoes breaking at inconvenient moments (during a meeting, on a work trip to Dublin...) which is not exactly the sort of reputation I am going for!
I have a real difficulty with spending a lot of money on one item of clothing though, even if it is something that will last for a long time. I think the problem stems from worrying I will go off the item, and not end up wearing it much and it being a waste of money, and also the magpie in me thinking 'oh but I could have four things for the price of this one thing...' Or just the worry that actually more money doesn't always mean better quality, and it may not end up lasting any longer than the cheap version.
I am always up for an experiment though, and for a shopping trip, so having saved up a bit of money to start updating my work wardrobe, I went to Westfield last week and forced myself to only visit the more upmarket high street shops. I popped into Hobbs, John Lewis, M&S, Cos, Jaeger and Uniqlo, with a shopping list consisting of shoes, skirts, tops, jackets and knitwear.
Previously I probably would have spent about the same on a shopping trip (which is a quite lot of money, but I always save up and don't go very often), but on more, cheaper things. I am really happy with everything I got - the shoes seem sturdy, the skirt and tops feel well made, and the materials are all much more luxurious than I would usually get. I love the little detailing - the Jaeger tops (both the same in different colours) have a pretty scalloped edge, and the patterned shoes have a little gold heel. My dry cleaning bills will admittedly go up as well, but I am hoping that with a bit more care and attention (something I am very guilty of not giving my clothes) I will get a lot more wear and use out of these than their cheaper equivalent.
What's your opinion on the subject? Is more expensive clothing worth it?