"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Friday, January 12, 2018

Coat and Scarf

 Unless you're doing a Year of No Shopping (and perhaps there is no one writing more eloquently on this subject than Ann Patchett in the NYT) this is a great time to purchase some coats.
I have less clothes now than I have had in many years, and I'm not quite sure how it happened but I've gone into uniform mode, most especially in the cold months.  I tend to wear pretty much the same outfit every day: black pants, very slim and made of a Ponte fabric (of which I own two pairs) with a black crew neck or turtleneck sweater ( I own one of each, it's not a lot of clothes).  Over this I wear a long cardigan of black boiled wool around the house (I am always cold) with Glerups slippers, and to go out I wear boots, a coat and a scarf.
During Christmas week I did some shopping of the sales, buying a couple of coats from Boden (70% off, free shipping, duties all-in) and one from Club Monaco (again, 70% off, clearly this is the time of year to buy coats!)
I also replaced my black skirt suit.  I say replaced but I haven't had one for a couple of years and I don't feel quite right unless I have this type of suit, almost like an armour or protection, in my closet.
A black skirt suit, with very tailored, simple lines, is appropriate for so many situations.
The Boden coats are both in blue, which is a favourite colour of mine.  I love blue mixed with black, and with a colourful scarf the whole concept of a uniform base is transformed.  No one will notice you're wearing the same pants and sweater absolutely all the time, if you have a colourful coat and scarf over top.
MrBP is very talented at choosing scarves for me and when he wants to buy me a special gift this is the route he takes.  This scarf, my Christmas present from him, has a pale blue base with cobalt blue in the pattern and edging.
Incidentally those Boden coats have very fun linings, with piping and polka dots.

I myself am marking 2018 as a Year of No Shopping.  After looking at items I purchased during the last year, and perhaps more significantly items I tried to purchase, I'm fairly sick and tired of the whole online-shopping racket.  I returned nearly everything I purchased: what a waste of time, money and resources!  I've become increasingly picky while at the same time it seems quality has plummeted for many brands that were once my "go-to" shops.  And for whatever reason I am happiest with very few items, and happy to wear pretty much the same thing every day.

I wouldn't mind taking a couple of years off of buying anything new, truth be told.  I'm gearing up for 2020, when I enter my next decade and might be tempted to invest in something special.  What that is yet I don't have an idea, although I do have a style-planning Pinterest board on the subject, which is titled Next Decade Wardrobe.

We'll see how it goes.  It's best to approach an extended period of no-shopping with all of the items in your cupboard that you might need at the ready, this way you won't be annoyed with yourself for a lack of an outfit for whatever occasions arise.  Hence my new black skirt suit, the coats I bought on sale, and the undergarments I stocked up on in December as well (incidentally I was fitted for a bra for the first time ever and it changed my life: I recommend!)

As far as the next season goes, it seems I am an eternal optimist, I was looking at my summer clothes yesterday and I certainly have lots to wear in that category.  In the past years I usually buy new outfits around the time of my birthday in June, and for trips.  Then, due to our short summers, they don't get worn that often, which both preserves them and makes them seem new in my eyes.

How about you?  Are you embarking on a No Shop year?  Do you think it would be refreshing to save your time by skipping the scrolling through of the online shops?  I know my friend Jen is having a No Shop year, anyone else considering it?  Have you read the article by Ann Patchett?

Happy Friday!  My gosh, what happened to the week?
xoxDani




47 comments:

  1. I have changed my shopping habits so significantly in the past few years. The first thing I did was catalogue my wardrobe. There are apps and software for this though I went old school and created a Word document with images of the garments, shoes and accessories. It really helped me to have a visual representation of what I owned. The next step was purge. Really, it was more than one purge. The more I reduced the closet, the more I craved a streamlined closet. I have just over 100 items including shoes and accessories, not including workout gear and old clothes I save for painting or gardening. It feels so much better. I add only when needed, such as replacing my white shirts when they become dingy, or when something really catches my eye and fills a hole in my wardrobe. I'm buying mainly from sustainable and niche brands such as Emerson Fry and The Reset. I use credit card points to make large purchases, which is how I was able to obtain the coveted Chanel slingbacks in black and tan. I'll wear those for years so the cost per wear will end up very low. I also find things at resale, especially designer things. I work in a professional office environment and travel a lot so I need a wardrobe that meets those needs.

    I love the sound of your edited wardrobe, Dani. I've often though about uniform dressing. Even with my reduced closet, I still have a lot of choices. I can't say I'll do no shopping in 2018. I am focused on less though and I'm sure my shopping will be very minimal.

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    1. SD because you work in a professional environment you need a certain level of clothing, I think that your closet sounds very streamlined considering your needs! I love the methodical way you went about it too. Love the classic look of those Chanel slingbacks, you will wear those for many years!
      One purchase I made last year that was such a good one was the leopard print linen coat from Emerson Fry. Love that brand. I feel like that brand has the same aesthetic as Theory, which is also made in the US, just classic streamlined pieces that can hold their own for many years.
      I really admire your approach, no need for a shopping fast when you have your wardrobe theory so well sorted! Thanks SD. xx

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    2. I have that Emerson Fry leopard coat too, Dani! It is such a lovely piece and I never fail to receive comments when I wear it. I bet that looks smashing over your black outfits.

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    3. I have that same Emerson Fry coat 😊and I absolutely love it!

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    4. SD and Alicia, it's official we have a club! I've told Janet I would review it here soon, she's thinking of buying it this year. I just need a day with actual sunshine to take a well-lit selfie ;) xx

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  2. We are on the same wave length - no shopping in 2018. The only new items in my wardrobe are gifts from my daughters this past Christmas. Uniform dressing makes it so much easier to get dressed and feel ready in the morning. Scarves, coats and shoes are the only accents I need to change it up. And I only want the best quality!

    slf

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    1. slf we are on the same wavelength! I too am very picky about quality which is what makes acquiring new things so difficult these days. Best to stick to a uniform and just not buy new things. :) xx

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  3. I've backed off with new wardrobe additions lately. I'm mostly a J.Crew sort of person, but I'm finding that the fit and quality of their items has notably declined in the last year or so. I think I'll just wear what I have. Same goes for my shoe collection, that has become somewhat unmanageable! LOL

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    1. Vava I think JCrew has really lost their magic. I guess it's been a slow decline, but I tried buying. a few things from them this year and they all went back. They were my go-to at one time!
      Shoes are such a lovely accessory though! I too have plenty. I have lots of boots too, and hopefully they'll last many years. I'm doing my best to take care of them properly! :) xx

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  4. Lingerie shopping is on my list...I usually get rid of my well worn undergarments at this time of year and replace them with new ones.
    Mr HB gave me the loveliest cashmere v neck sweater from Black Goat do Xmas. I find it so warm and cozy that I am wearing it often. It is slightly longer and has lovely seam details...I popped into their shop and spied a beautiful soft grey cardigan which I may purchase for my birthday in March....not stopping shopping altogether I will but a few things but I am careful not to buy to excess.
    Lovely scarf too Dani!

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    1. Hostess I always admire your approach to shopping! You buy quality and are very thoughtful about your purchases.
      Black Goat does amazing cashmere! What a beautiful gift from your husband. I think a grey cardigan would serve you really well, you'd get loads of wear out of it.
      I completely replaced my lingerie drawer, I couldn't figure out why nothing was fitting me properly. Over the last couple of years I've gone up a dress size which is fine, but I was so uncomfortable in all of my bras, duh I should have realized I was wearing the completely wrong size. I thought I was a 34B, nope I'm a 30E. What a difference it makes!
      Thanks I thought you'd like that scarf being a fellow Hermes fan! :) xx

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  5. I'm unlikely to buy any clothing this year - not from intent but simply because I find I do not want anything, even when asked if I'd like a present. Maybe I'll replace a couple of tees, if the ones I have look terribly shabby come May. If my sneakers really wear out, I'll replace them, for my health. Same with my Birkenstocks. If my yoga tops break, I'll replace them too. But that's it.

    Stuff for my house on the other hand, well, that's going to be an issue. I need new curtains and shades in the guest room, and some more art there too.

    That scarf is exquisite.

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    1. Lisa it sounds like you'll need a decorating budget this year! This will be a fun process, especially the art. Have you looked at my friend Pat MacDonald's blog? (Patricia MacDonald: My Painting Life, it's on my blog list below). She's such a talent and her art is very reasonably priced. She does beautiful landscapes, some quite wonderfully abstracted, on her yearly trips to Provence. I have to stop myself from looking at what she has available because I want to buy everything!
      As far as your approach to your wardrobe, smart and measured, this doesn't surprise me one bit! xx

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  6. Dani, Great post!! I have been thinking about this a lot and listened to Ann the other day on the radio about her year. Thank you for sharing the post. I also I wasted a lot returning things and needless shopping. Just think if we all made even some attempt to do this. How much time we waste shopping and spending and I always think of the money and time that could be spent on better things- people who need it and bettering the earth. Since clothing is one of the most polluting industries I also think about that. I am not immune to the high of shopping and getting deals. It can be like a drug and especially when I am online and things pop up from brands I really like.
    One thing is to plan like SunnyDay says. I love that idea. I also love your base wardrobe and adding color through your coats and scarves! Takes all the time and worry out of dressing and you still look chic, perhaps even more so!

    I too have purged my entire coat closet this fall after trying everything and realizing that most things did not fit, look great or some just not needed. I added two lightweight rain jackets- one from resale a Theory for Barney's black rain trench, and a tan ruffled trench. I kept one J.Crew Navy wool coat, and bought one cream Trina Turk coat that is tweed coated with a pleather kind of material and light. It was on sale and I was waiting a long time to get it. Besides a puffer that is long- everything else was donated. I don't need anything else and trying not to even GO to the shops is hugely helpful.

    I am going to write about a smaller wardrobe coming up as my friend wants me to. I will refer to your post here! By the way, I agree about the change in quality of brands especially J.Crew sadly.

    Happy weekend Dani! xo

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    1. Kim thank you! I agree I love Sunny Day's style and her approach to her wardrobe, especially considering her professional needs, I think it's a real accomplishment.
      So right that if we all made some attempt to do this it would have a real impact. Clothing is such a polluting industry on so many levels. Some of the worst offenders are Zara and H&M, all of the chemicals used to process the fabrics in developing countries which really impacts the health of the already compromised people living there. It makes me ill. I think the responsible shopping movement will really take off, and I can feel good buying Theory (your new trenches sound perfect) and Emerson Fry as well as other responsible brands. There's a blog on my list called Style Bee that is solely focussed on responsible fashion and shopping, and in fact the young lady who writes it lives right here in Guelph!
      My coat collection went to my daughter, I am no longer a size 0 but she is and everything fit her beautifully. The ones she didn't want I donated.
      I look forward to your post on a smaller wardrobe! :) xx

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  7. I think that I need to embark on a no-buy year. I have acquired so much in the last two years, but find that, with young children, I gravitate towards a highly-washable uniform.

    On another note, I cannot figure out UK sizing. Would size XS or 0 really equate a Boden 8?

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    1. Melanie I have three kids so I can totally relate. It's funny because during those "little kid" years I wore a uniform as well, jeans (which I could wear then without getting annoyed) and a black turtleneck in the winter, khaki pants or skirt with a black tee shirt in the summer. Washable!
      From my experience I would say a size XS or 0 would be a UK6. My older daughter is quite tiny and is an American size 0, and takes a UK 6 (though she can also wear a size 8UK if a smaller size is not available, though it might be a bit roomy). A Boden 8 feels more like a size 2 I think... I'm a pretty solid size 4 American sizing and I take a size 10 Boden, size 10 Brora, both UK brands. Thanks Melanie xx

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    2. Hi Dani, just to add - I agree with you. I take a North American size 6 and I'm size 12 in Brora.

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    3. Thank you both so much -- this is very helpful!

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  8. Hi Dani,

    I love your new coat and scarf. Très chic!

    I avoid stores. I have given up shopping entirely (except for food). There is so much flu here, and I cannot be vaccinated due to a previous allergic reaction to a flu shot, that I am avoiding going out.
    I did break this hibernation to buy the replacement lens and, alas, camera, and that necessitates no further purchases. I hope flu-wise I got away with that outing and a more recent one this week. I have my mother's extensive wardrobe. I had one of her coats, an Italian green boiled wool coat (I'm sure it's a Geiger coat though made in Italy), relined, re-edged. That is my backup coat for when my beloved purple coat no longer can be worn. If I lose the weight, I will have my classic Aquascutum coat that is in mint condition. I have been continually downsizing by giving bags and bags of clothing to charity. Most of it is from my relatives who no longer need any clothes at all. As I sort, I am continually impressed by my mother's exquisite taste. Since she bought most of her clothes on sale, and since like me, she would change size often, this was not as extravagant as it sounds.

    I know what you mean Dani about the quality having plummeted. The trend toward much cheaper fabrics started quite awhile ago. That is why I find myself reluctant to donate too many items from the coat collection(s). Ironically a friend of mine just phoned and lamented having given away a couple of her coats during a recent purge.

    The fabric in my coats is often beautiful Irish tweed or beautiful Italian fabric. These fabrics are not even available now , except at the most expensive boutiques, and even then probably not.

    Dani, I think we could be twins. I have a standard uniform: a pair of black pants and an everyday black skirt. I have collected a few beautiful sweaters and blouses over the years. I have a black Geiger jacket that was greatly reduced (it was only when I got it home that I realized it was a man's and buttoned in the reverse way, but, really would anyone notice that?). It is perfect for cool spring and fall days. In spring, my uniform switches to beige linen pants, skirts and long shorts. I love colour so I have a pair of red shoes. And occasionally I depart from beige.

    When I do lose all the weight, my reward will be to have two or three suits custom made out of the exquisite Irish tweed collection that is now mine from the fabric collection, a couple of skirts from the Liberty fabric, a couple of dresses from the Irish linen. I may be cash poor but I am fabric rich.

    And so I am avoiding shopping like the plague, both literally and figuratively. I am glad you had an uplifting experience bra-shopping!

    Ann






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    1. Ann your collection from your mother sounds amazing, how clever was she to buy such good items. You're so right, even with a huge budget these types of quality garments made with amazing fabrics cannot even be bought anymore. It's pretty sad. I love that you had the green boiled wool re-lined and re-edged, this is how our clothes should perform for us, lasting us decades.
      I can't believe this isn't more of a priority in the world of fashion considering that fabric production is such a huge polluter!
      Your fabric stash sounds totally AMAZING. And good on you for avoiding shopping like the plague! Best choice. Yes the bra thing was a revelation, I've been so uncomfortable but din't take the time to address this simple thing, wearing the right size bra is so comfortable, I can't believe it! xx

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  9. One of my very favourite coats is a black one that I bought in Montreal eons ago. My father had given me $100 (a fortune then) as an emergency fund. I was told not to spend it. I couldn't resist this beautiful black coat on sale at Place Ville Marie. Later, acquaintances used to try to guilt me into selling the "the coat off my back", literally, and I resisted all offers.

    I had to confess my sins after my apartment was burglarized and my father, upon hearing it, woefully lamented on the phone that he guessed the burglars had got my $100. bill. Of course, I had to confess that I was wearing the coat I had bought with his emergency fund when the apartment was robbed. I did point out to him that it was a good thing I had spent it! I'm not sure he was happy but he wasn't as sad. :)

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    1. Ann I love this story so much! See how smart you were to spend the $100 on the coat, it would have been stolen anyway. I bet your Dad was secretly very pleased! xx

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  10. a year of no spending...this sounds so tempting, but I don't know if I could do it! After watching the film, minimalism this past year I did commit to living with less and it seems I am constantly purging. Perhaps I will get to a point where I won't feel like I need anything more. I love the idea of a uniform and yours sounds lovely. You continue to inspire me!

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    1. Alicia it's a funny thing because while we might have good intentions to do no spending unless we have something like a uniform set up it's just not possible. And I find it's so difficult to find good things that can comprise a wardrobe base- so that we're not always looking for something to wear.
      I've thought of doing this many times but haven't. I'm quite happy now to wear the same thing over and over which is key, but it also helps that over the last years I've had gifts from my hubs of scarves and handbags that really make the outfit... and with a few good coats that base wardrobe just becomes a base and doesn't need to be a fresh outfit.
      I wish it wasn't so difficult to find quality though! xx

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  11. also, Dani, who do you like for simple black pants? I have been on a quest to find the perfect black pant/slack that can be casual but isn't a jean. I tried Eileen Fisher recently and it's also what I'm looking for, but doesn't quite suit what I'm looking for. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Alicia I've been through the struggle! I'm very picky about pants, I can't even wear jeans anymore at all, they annoy me so much. I own one pair of loose-ish "boyfriend" jeans that I wear in the summer with my St. James shirts, other than that nope, jeans are not for me.
      Pants, aargh, hate most of them. Eileen Fisher has disappointed me in this category for sure, haven't found anything. I like Ponte fabric leggings that aren't too tight and don't really look like leggings (because "leggings aren't pants") and the ones I own are from Theory. They have a weird name, I think it's Shawn C Fixture? I don't know what the name means but they are VERY high quality Ponte and the fit is amazing. I wear longer things over them, either an apron at home, or a long cardigan, or my Brora fair isle cardigan jacket. I wear them constantly which is why I have two pairs (but they are not cheap, they are made in the US of Italian fabric though, high points for that).
      For spring and summer I have a pair of Boden black cropped "cigarette" style pants, they're quite nice, they fit fairly well and look good with flats, a little black top and a fun coat. Not the quality of the Theory pants though, that's for sure!
      Let me know how you do with this, why is finding nice pants so difficult? xx

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    2. Thank you for your replay. I will check out Theory. I live near a Theory outlet and I will pop in and see if they can help me track down the Shawn C Fixture. Agree about the Eileen Fisher, the quality wasn't there for the price ($198 for rayon!?). And I'm right there with you with jeans...I've whittled down my jean inventory to only ones that are 100% comfortable. I have four pair, one light wash, one high waist dark wash skinny, one black skinny with a gold zipper at the ankle and gold rivets (which isn't really a jean material but more like a thin canvas) and another black skinny with no visible rivets. And I like them all to hit right at my ankle. The funny thing is that they are all by Frame denim. Frame denim is expensive, but fit me the best. So, I guess I'm striving for a uniform of types, too! Oh, wait, I also have 3 pairs of Levi's, two vintage and one high waist faded denim. I guess you can see why I'm looking for a casual pant! And I agree, leggings are not pants!

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    3. I like Rag & Bone for great fitting ponte (bought during Nordstrom anniversary or 1/2 yearly sale).
      And Akris (bought upcyled on ebay) for cigarette style in 3 season wool or cotton sateen.
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    4. LG thanks so much for the pants tips! xx

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  12. Because we have moved so often, I generally only have what I love although I keep a few pieces for memoir purposes. Definitely trying not to shop - money spent on experience - well that we save for. Because we do a great deal of out door sports, I do find myself looking for sport-related items on sale - and I see this as supporting my mental and physical health.Great post - I am going to do a little purging right now. Anna26x

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    1. Anna it's definitely a good time of year to buy clothes for winter sports! You'll find deals right up there with coats. It's true you've made major world-wide moves and that will certainly keep the clutter down. You always look stylish though and I so agree about spending on experience, we're able to travel a bit more and this year we have trips booked to both Austria and New Orleans. That's just personal, we might do a conference in the UK too if the schedule permits! Hope your purging went well :) xx

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  13. I love your next decade wardrobe! I'm doing a year. I'm not being militant about it: if I need something, I need something. But I won't be seeking things out. The buying and the taking back is exhausting, isn't it! I find that I'm enjoying what I own currently a lot more. I'm looking for variety in my own closet. It's quite freeing! Xx

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    1. Jen when I looked at my history of orders and returns in the last year I felt quite ashamed! It's so ridiculous. Obviously I like "perfect" things but perhaps I've been looking for things I don't really need. I live in fear of feeling unprepared so this will be a good challenge for me, but if it causes me to be more creative all the better!
      I'm happy we're in this thing together :) I'm also not buying new things for our home because we have more than enough, and in fact I have many things (especially dishes) that I'm hoping to pass on to my older rascals over the next couple of years. xx

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  14. I posted a comment this morning that appears and then disappears. Not sure what is going on with blogger :(

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    1. SD I've been having trouble posting comments here myself, but I do see your comment up top and I checked the email feed, that looks like your comment from yesterday morning? Let me know. It's frustrating, I'm sorry!

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    2. Maybe it's my devices? I could see it on my desktop computer, but not on iPhone at one point, then later I could see it on both.

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    3. SD it could have something to do with the format on the iPhone, I wonder if the comments just take longer to post? I'm happy it showed up! it's so frustrating to take the time to write a comment and then have it vanish! xx

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  15. Love this post Dani! I've been browsing the online sales and am sorely tempted by a Sythson bag, but haven't pulled the trigger. Have to agree with you about the decline in J Crew. I've been wanting to replace the navy Jackie cardigan as it's worn out, but the reviews have been awful about the decline in quality. I bought mine in 2008 I'd say, and I wear it a lot in summer over sundresses in the morning when it's still cool. I've just ordered it so I'll see how it is...
    I've been really assessing my wardrobe and came to a decision that I'd invest in better quality everyday about a year or two ago (rather than evening outfits!) I've switched around some brands I've bought from in the past due to the decline in fabric quality etc, and I buy more expensive items on sale at netaporter or on eBay secondhand. But I've also bought some things at full price that are staples from deciding that the jump in quality with fabric and construction made it worth the money. It's made me wince a little but less items costing more have evened out I think.... I've been thinking that we've become conditioned to thinking clothes should be cheap. My grandmother would spend a lot each season on only a few items of clothing - clothes used to be expensive but well made!

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    1. Heidi you'll have to do a comparison of the Jackie cardigans, crossing fingers the quality is okay.
      I agree with you, it completely pays off to have quality items to wear over and over. I have a few things from Theory that form my base, there's just such a difference in fabric and tailoring.
      Oooh Smythson, well I don't know if I should tell you this but I have never regretted buying my Smythson bags! My black handbag is Smythson and I also own a dark red clutch as well as a bright pink fold-over clutch. They still look new and are such classic shapes, they'll last for decades.
      Love the way your Grandmother used to shop and I wish we could get back to that. We have been conditioned to think clothes should be cheap... and they shouldn't be! xx

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  16. Hi Dani, I missed seeing this post on Friday and only came here now via a mention on Lisa's blog. I love all the comments! Funnily enough, today I bought my first pair of black ponte pants! I also bought black ankle boots (in the Nordstorm sale)and I'm mulling over buying another Saint James sweater online (I already have two). In the context of this discussion that sounds like quite a lot to me, but actually I don't buy that many items of clothing and I've long embraced uniform dressing (cords in winter with my small collection of Brora cashmere and Saint James wool sweaters, lots of linen in the summer). I feel like your blog led me to this as you always talked about brands of higher quality. So, I probably won't be giving up shopping completely ....

    I have to add that I love your Next Decade pinterest board - I would wear the lot, except changing out the black for navy blue, which was, literally, my school uniform!☺️

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    1. Patricia I love that you wear Saint James sweaters! Such. good brand, the wools are amazing and they are all still made in France. I live in the striped Saint James shirts in the summer. I also have a wool sweater and sweater-dress. Such good investments, they'll last forever!
      Do you love your black Ponte pants? I find they look so good with sweaters and coats over top. I always feel put-together in that outfit.
      Thank you Patricia and I have to say I like the sound of your navy blue Next Decade Wardrobe :) xx

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    2. Dani, maybe you order your Saint James through the US, but I can recommend Boutique Jourdain in Quebec City too. That's where I bought my first sweater, and last year I ordered online and it went very well. They have a sale on right now, but the Maree sweaters are not in the sale, unfortunately.

      I find the Ponte pants very comfortable - they are from NYDJ - and I can see they will be very useful for travel. I do wish I could have got them in navy though!

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    3. Patricia I have bought all of my Saint James from Jourdain! Great shop, and the customer service is excellent too. They also sell Dale of Norway which is an excellent brand, I have a wool vest from DoN that I wear over my turtleneck some days, I actually bought it to ski in but it has become part of my regular wardrobe, I was wearing it yesterday thinking where did I even get this? Then I remembered, ah yes Jourdain, on one of their sales a few years ago.
      Maybe they'll bring those pants out in navy for the spring/summer? Keep an eye out, that would be very useful in your wardrobe! xx

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  17. No shopping for me unless something really gets me but nothing really does at the moment. I actually did an edit and got rid of stuff and even sold 2 bags. I nearly bought a tote i had my eye on but then i looked at my bags and thought i am crazy to buy another bag. I was invited to a sale the other week and could have bought some Chanel shoes i had my eye on but thought meh...am i getting old??? what is wrong with me?!!! but I love the look of the coat and the scarf together. suits you xx

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    1. Naomi I have had the same thought: am I getting old? So funny. I don't know, maybe it's a zeitgeist thing. I feel tired of acquiring anything new, just done with it. Yet we're bombarded all the time with emails and ads to buy more stuff, when I for one know I need nothing. xx

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