Posts Tagged: casual

Reconsidering Investment Pieces

We've all heard that coats, bags, and shoes are worth investing in - but what about daily-wear pieces?

The following items have long been viewed as investment pieces: Handbags, winter coats, classic shoes. Why? Because those three items get more use, wear, and abuse than other items. Even a favorite pair of jeans is unlikely to be worn every single day for the duration of a winter, and no dress or sweater will ever be worn as hard as a pair of shoes. Bras are occasionally added to this short list by style experts who recognize the importance of a good foundation, but everything else is up for grabs. You can invest in whatever you’d like, of course, but if you’re seeking expert advice, it’s generally bags, coats, and shoes. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-03-19 06:24:31.

Reader Request: Price Versus Value

Musings on price, quality, and how the two factors interact. (AKA Just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it's a bargain. AND just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's high-quality.)

Elly made this request in a comment:

… it would also be good to hear your thoughts on price point versus value explored more. I wouldn’t buy a £14 dress from Primark, but I would buy a £40 dress from American Apparel. One has a better price point, but the other has a better value. Complex subject!

Samantha followed up with a related request:

I was wondering if you could do a post on how quality and price interact. I feel like I automatically assume that a $150 skirt from somewhere nice in retail-land is amazing quality. I feel like it’s drummed into our minds that higher price = higher quality, but this is not always the case. Could you write about how to scout out higher-quality clothes, still keeping price in mind? READ MORE

Originally posted 2013-08-05 06:18:04.

Reader Request: Modernizing Boot Cut Jeans

How to wear boot cut jeans

Anne had this great request:

So, I’ve tried the skinny jeans – they’re not all that great on me. Boyfriend jeans make me look kind of stumpy. Boot legs jeans are really the best fit for me but they’ve been around for quite a while. How do you make them look fresh?

I believe I own a pair of boot cuts, but they aren’t exactly my go-to. I do denim bottoms but they’re frequently stand-ins for leggings and therefore skin-tight and paired with tunics. I firmly believe that boot cuts are a classic style, great on many figures, and well worth wearing despite skinnies being more prevalent. But I’m going to have to look to my blogging friends for some contemporary bootcut inspiration. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-07-12 06:20:51.