6.11.09

Chloe Find & My Wardrobe Philosophy-How I View It

I've been really inspired by two of my favourite bloggers latest posts-the lovely Make Do Style posted here about 'Thought of the Week-Clothing Allowance or Budget' and the gorgeous Wendy B posted a link to her fab post about 'Why Does Buyers Guilt Focus on Fashion'. They were both such interesting reads and although I don't really budget as such, I've finally learnt my Wardrobe Philosophy, which is to buy quality items that are either wardrobe basics or have the 'Wow factor'.

The reason I don't have a clothing budget is that I generally do 95% of my shopping in the Charity shops or Boot sales and as I am so selective in my purchases, its usual for me to spend from £1 to £5 on an item and its rare that one piece will be £10 to £20.

I'm always looking in my very local charity shop, if not once a day on the way to or from work, then every other day.

The first picture is a gorgeous Chloe blouse from Matches Fashion for £701. Its lovely, but I certainly couldn't spend that sort of money-even if I could afford to-on a blouse.


So you can imagine how please I was to snap up this lovely one earlier this week from my local Sue Ryder Care for only £4.95!! Pricewise, its on par with a new blouse from Primark, but I know which I would rather!!


Its the perfect summer blouse-I'll team it with jeans most probably and its certainly an investment piece in my wardrobe. Its a typical Chloe style, with the ruffles and pintucking, a quintessential summer blouse that is timeless in style.

I culled some of my wardrobe last week and next to wardrobe basics, have these plus items which to me have the 'wow factor'. To me quality beats quantity every time.

Funnily enough, I don't have a 'Signature Style' but I tend to buy what I like-preferably vintage pieces and designer if I can find it. Its good to open your wardrobe and have stylish timeless, good quality pieces that will work for you year after year and season after season. We are all guilty of buying on impulse or ending up with items that are on trend but just don't suit us-note to self, no more shiny snakeskin leggings, LOL! I've learnt that I can actually like pieces but appreciate that its not necessarily right for me.

Having items in my wardrobe that are from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties give such a variation in style and moods and as long as you care properly for your items, even a small wardrobe can last years and pay dividends.

There you go, thats my Wardrobe Philosophy, hope it inspires you too, in looking for quality over quantity wherever you shop-be it in the charity shops, boot sales, Ebay, T K Maxx, The Outnet or Net-A-Porter.
Happy Shopping and don't forget 'Shop Your Own Wardrobe' before you step out the house or browse the 'net, you may well save yourself some money or re evaluate what you actually need or want!!

40 comments:

Bere Tarde o temprano said...

the blouse is gorgeous, I´m attracted all the time to this kind of blouses, I think I´m addicted cause they look so romantic!

RML- Being More Through Having Less said...

Just beautiful!! So floaty and romantic! x

WendyB said...

"I don't have a 'Signature Style' but I tend to buy what I like-preferably vintage pieces and designer if I can find it." -- I like this about you. I appreciate an eclectic style. Why be trapped in one look. And of course I love that you're going for "wow." Why not, right? You only live once!

one of 365 said...

I am going to kill the people who put a price tag of a fiver on that Chloe blouse and didn't ring my red telephone in my boudoir first and tell me about it so I could snatch it first. SHARON!!!!!!!!! Once again you have foiled me! Okay, I'm calm. Sigh. You have the BEST clothes. As for wardrobe staples--I agree---it's good to root through and make sure you have some key pieces. I think a flattering and really nice quality pair of black trousers is essential, great day jeans and night jeans, a fab winter coat and a day coat, groovy day sneakers (none of those nerdy walking around sneakers) lovely summer sandals that are comfy (not just plain flip-flops) a classic fall/winter boot that you won't be in agony wearing, and then one statement boot a year is allowed, a killer pair of black heels, one drop dead gorgeous going out dress, something special that you pay a bit too much for that's vintage but that NO ONE has, black Falke tights, a great fitted black top and white top (All Saints is kick ass with that because they add a little flair and are great tailors) and a cosy cashmere sweater that looks lush and feels it too. Oh, I could go on forever......the problem is I have so many clothes in so many sizes that I live in a walk in closet with a bed in it. Sharon, fly out to L.A. and help me......but bring the Sue Ryder Charity shop with you please. xoxoxoxo--One of 365

Wildernesschic said...

Sharon I much prefer your blouse to Matches !!
You have such a good eye.xxxx

Anonymous said...

The blouse is such a great find-definitely timeless.
Hope you are having a great day : )
xx

Noémie K said...

I'm such a huge fan of Chloe !!!

Timeless Fashion... said...

It is a lovely blouse and you're right, it'll look perfect with jeans.

ellie said...

Unbelievable what some people will spend on clothes. My problem too is that I'm a bit rough on clothes. I know that sounds well..strange. But going to school. Eating in a lunchroom. There is just so much I can spend on an outfit. Or should I say my parents will let me. What is worse these days is taxes are sky-high in so many place. Its unbelievable what's added on to a purchase.

This piece you can dress up or dress down.

Sal said...

Holy moly, Sharon, that blouse is an AMAZING score!

janettaylor said...

Hi Sharon!

OMG! No comment, my dear! only an OMG! Lucky U! AMAZING!

X♥X♥

Rianna Bethany said...

What a brilliant thrift find! My best charity shop find was a pair of vintage christian dior pumps
Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxxxxx

Leah said...

Lovely blouse... it is so romantic.

I also prefer quality over quantity and I don't follow fashion. I stick with what looks good on me.

The Haute-Shopper said...

I completely agree with your philosophy. It's a shame when you get swept up in trends and must-have items, but I think often people just forget what's actually in their wardrobe already and what they might actually end up wearing or not. Love that blouse! Definitely a winner compared to the Chloe one. You can almost get a designer coat for that price (in fact, I'm pretty sure a brand new Burberry trench costs less than that).

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there- I really appreciate all your comments on this post, some really great advice on wardrobe basics (thanks one of 365!) and so pleased you like my find too-thanks so much to all of you!!

Marian said...

such a great post.i say buy pieces that you can afford that you like,
great chloe blouse find!
fab!
xx
marian

DEV. said...

Great blouse! Love the blog. x

Siljesfashion said...

Another great find! Really interesting post, I think when you thrift/vintage/secondhand you always find the best and unique pieces. Have a wonderful weekend!!

atelier said...

I love your blouse! it's amazing!! how lucky you are, such a great finds..

Winnie said...

No way. That's a great blouse. I wonder if anyone will ever realise how low they price these clothes! Such a brilliant find!

AsianCajuns said...

Fantastic post and what a great find! I really miss the charity shops of the UK. Here we mostly have giant thrift stores filled with stuff from just the past few years. It doesn't feel quite as much like a treasure hunt.

everybodysaysdont said...

Wow! Wow indeed! What a find! Its gorgeous! What a beautiful blouse,well done! xxxxx Have a lovely weekend xx

Etrapar said...

wow it's really nice
kisses and I wish you a fab weekend!

yiqin; said...

Super nice ruffles <3

Bonnie said...

I thought of you last weekend when I went to my fave thrift shop and found original 50s dress in fabulous shape. The shopkeeper I spoke with said a very dear lady in her 80s donated them. You would have loved them. Sorry, but I didn't have my camera with me or I would have taken pictures.

Love the blouse, ruffles seem to be in at the moment AND I adore your new winter coat.

Have a great weekend, Bonnie

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

\What a great philosophy.

Make Do Style said...

Just such a wonderful find and at a great price!!

Your philosophy is fab too xxx

jess said...

It's so pretty. And a Chloe blouse for only $5 wow!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi everyone-thanks for leaving such lovely comments, I so much appreciate them all!!

Rebecca said...

I like your philosophy! I think the fact that you are able to check in at your favorite shop almost every day is one "key" to your success....

UnoCosa said...

great - thanks for sharing the philosophy, xx

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi ladies-thanks so much, so kind!!

Caroline said...

Love love loving that blouse, Sharon - it's JUST my type of top - gorgeous x

The Seeker said...

I must say that I agree with WendyB, I've been with many thoughts about this issue and it's the best philosophy.

About your blouse, just lovely!!

xoxo

SR@MyStyle said...

Thanks The Seeker, so kind!!

Lluviaschick said...

love that chloe sheer blouse! great timeless item

La Mimi said...

I actually like the sleeves of your top better and the price difference?! wow...You did it again Sharon! lol
xoxo
Mimi

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi ladies-thanks so much!!

budget chic said...

Great look for less and for only 5 pounds too compared to £705 and it has the same look and feel. It always feels good to score a bargain and Sharon you sure know how to do it!

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi budget chic, so kind, thanks!!

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