There’s a lot of ideas around now about investment dressing. The concept of quality over quantity is one I love, believe in and try to practise.
I think we should invest in clothes and by that I don’t mean that we should spent lots and lots of money on them. But when we want to purchase an item, ideally, we should be able to imagine it in our closet for years, not months or weeks.
Sadly, price is not an indication of quality – a trap I have fallen into too many times. A quality piece of clothing should last, not show wear and tear too easily and withstand washing without falling to pieces.
When I was studying for my degree, I came across a lovely account from the seventeenth century, of a shirt that had been handed down from generation to generation. It was well worn but was treasured enough to be included in a will and then passed from father to son, time upon time. It was costly, not only because of the material and the precious candlelight needed to stitch it, but because of the time required to make it. It really was an investment and treated and appreciated as such.
Investment dressing for me is also about time and not just about money.
I did need to invest a lot of time upfront, when considering, planning and then implementing my version of the capsule wardrobe. It needed time to figure out my personal style, what I really would wear, what my actual lifestyle was and to be realistic about my body shape.
De-cluttering programmes often show a re-vamped wardrobe as the end of the process – for me, it’s the beginning. It takes time to do this so that time needs to be invested wisely; the most obvious step being to keep going forward and not reverting to old, bad habits!
Have a great week 😊