I've recently sworn off fast fashion - ok, so maybe not entirely, but I'm slowly weaning myself off almost daily trips to H&M, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, etc. I rarely buy nice things because: 1. I don't take very good care of my clothes - for three weeks out of every month my bedroom generally looks like it imploded. 2. I wear something a couple of times and I'm over it. I know - it's a very serious problem. A good friend of mine rarely shops, and when she does, she buys pieces worth their hefty price tag, like her two major purchases this fall: a classic Philip Lim winter coat and her perfect Costume National boots. Tim Gunn recently said the number one problem he encounters with the women on his show is "So many clothes in the closet. Lots of clothes." He gives the oft-repeated advice, "Buy less and buy better quality." I've decided to shop more like my friend and follow Tim's advice, making my purchases slowly and with a lot more thought, investing in pieces that will last a few years, if not forever. But it's a practice easier said than done. Sometimes I just need a quick fashion fix, like the little brooch I'm craving from Screaming Mimi's that I tell myself doesn't really count as "fast" since it's vintage. I can only imagine the excitement of looking forward to buying one or two amazing pieces, (that I swear I would hang properly in my closet), every six months. Do you invest in a few great pieces every year? Or do you find yourself picking up loads of clothes that fall into the, "I can spill my drink on it and not care" category?
I've recently sworn off fast fashion - ok, so maybe not entirely, but I'm slowly weaning myself off almost daily trips to H&M, Urban Outfitters, Forev