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A good part of building the perfect wardrobe for your needs and desires is knowing where to spend and where to save. I don’t believe in just having a closet full of designer clothes and nor do I think we should have one full of trendy high street clothes that last a few seasons. I think the concept of ‘high low’ dressing is genius and here is why…

Where to invest…

Coats, bags and basic shoes are where most of your allocated clothing money should go. When you think about it, these are the pieces that you wear with all your outfits, hence why they need to resist to all the wear and tear. A well-made wool coat will keep you warm over the winter months, a handmade leather bag will carry you through all your daily outings, and a robust pair of chic black booties (or alternatively white sneakers for the summer) will assure the comfort of your feet on long walking days.

Where to save…

There is absolutely no reason in the world to pay more for a simple cotton t-shirt, especially a white one. It’s easy to find one at Uniqlo that is incredibly well made and doesn’t cost a fortune. You can also watch Shot From the Street’s Testing Basics video on white t-shirts to really see the difference between expensive and cheap ones. I would also say to save on pieces that are more trendy like blouses, sunglasses or dresses.

The rest of it…

When it comes to these very unique finds from your favourite designers or stores, I would say to either wait (everything eventually gets reduced) or to try to find them on the secondhand market. I do not think designer pieces are always worth their original price (they sometimes are, but then I would say just for coats/shoes/bags) when you know that there is a way to get them for cheaper. For example, this dress is a really fun secondhand Ganni piece that I would never have bought full price because it’s not a basic or a piece to wear often. Thankfully it was secondhand and I have saved money on it!

Dress: Ganni / Necklace: Vintage (my grandmother’s)

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