High street fashion has changed a lot in the last decade, prices have risen and in some cases, quality has decreased. I still have pieces I bought as a teenager but few things I’ve purchased in the last few years has lasted a season! Ultra-fast online retailers are churning out new pieces daily and once Kim K is seen in a cut out body con dress, you can bet that it’s for sale at a budget price a few days later. So what’s a consumer to do if you’re looking to spend wisely, be more mindful in consumption and have beautiful pieces that will last more than one brief season? These five mindful shopping tips will change how you buy and could actually save you money. Who wouldn’t want that?
In this post, tailoring featured as one of the key things to look out for when shopping high street that looks expensive. However, if you’re petite, there’s a little more to factor in when shopping – most hems and sleeves will be an inch or so too long for your liking. The average price for shortening a garment will be around £10-15, adding another £5 or so if there’s lining. Rolling up all your jacket sleeves all the time doesn’t motivate you to hold on to things when you’re spring cleaning. High street brands that offer free alteration services (most are in-store only) are Club Monaco, Uniqlo, Reiss for men’s suits, The Kooples and Sandro for ‘simple’ changes.
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By this, I’m referring to the complexity of the design – the more components and details involved, the longer it will take to produce.
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Often you’ll find with cult and premium brands that their designs are quite simple, the material isn’t costly to purchase and the price tag is huge. It could be for several reasons – that piece makes up for a slightly lower RRP on something else in the collection or you’re forking out the cash for wearing the name rather than the skirt.
It’s rare to find a print on the high street that aligns along the seams. Take a look at the examples below for what it should look like:
These are the high street versions that do it well, but realise that the alignment will vary from sizes and among pieces (and will not necessarily look like the ideal, which has been chosen for the website):
This is probably the biggest factor you’ll hear me talk about. While I was researching fabrics for a fashion brand, I noticed that the price of material per metre varied dramatically between silks ($20-50 per metre, depending on weight and order quantity) and polyester or viscose ($0.50-$2). This should influence a garment’s price point but also durability and comfort. Some brands will use silk shells but viscose or poly lining. If it’s occasionwear, it’s to make the clothing more affordable and you’re unlikely to wear this the entire day, multiple times a month. Personally, I feel that this is reasonable.
However, be aware of casual wear that uses synthetic materials to mimic natural, expensive ones and with that, has a higher price tag. Viscose (a type of rayon but not always the same) is often used as a substitute for genuine silk. It’s rougher on the skin and while some claim it is breathable, compared to natural fabrics, I disagree. If you’re prone to sweating, this is not a great option. The high sheen can also make some garments look inexpensive.
Few brands have totally natural or sustainable fabrics in their entire collection. Even if a material derives from wood, it’s the processing that makes it damaging to the environment – such as the triacetate in the pink dress below. You’ll always need to check the label, especially when you’re shopping for designer or premium high street. These pieces look and are expensive but may not be worth the buy for everyone. Although I always say, these choices are still personal and I make concessions to these guidelines if I truly love something.
Garment care, washing and durability
Most things look great the first time you wear them but the first date between machine and clothing can be disastrous. Wool and cashmere are the obvious ones but there are products on the market that allow you to toss them in the wash – albeit carefully. Viscose requires similar maintenance as silk, so factor in a dry cleaning bill for those pieces if you want them to last the whole season. It weakens when wet and particularly prone to tumble dryer damage. As much as I adore cotton for its breathability, softness and versatility, white and lights tend to look shabby after frequent wears. These items may need special detergent, like a bleach alternative, to maintain its freshness.
Thanks for reading, let me know if following these shopping tips has lead you to happier purchases!