A few weeks back a dear friend of mine sent me a clipping of Jean Harlow, which featured the following quote:
"I'd rather have a few dresses of very fine material than a whole closetful of fussy, cheap-looking things... I find you don't tire of anything that is lovely in quality and line. It saves you money in the long run to get a good dress of which you're always proud and use it for two or three years." - Jean Harlow
(More on the Baby's view on quality pieces here)
This quote came as a strong reminder on how I've neglected this motto for the past few years... Not consciously but I suppose it just happened, little by little. See, ever since I went back to university, I've naturally been living on a student budget and hence able to buy very few extra things, including clothing. Whilst living in London, I discovered the high street shops and would buy various items from the likes of Primark and New Look to compliment my vintage dresses. Don't get me wrong, I see absolutely nothing wrong in mixing vintage with the modern, but I've come to the realisation that I've very likely lost money in the whole process. See, instead of investing in one good quality pair of shoes per season, for example, I've ended up buying a pair from Primark only to have them fall apart after a few months and then going back and buying another pair. Repeat the process a couple of times. Silly, I know, but I just kind of let it keep happening.
So I've now decided to follow Harlow's advice and stop buying items that I know are inferior in quality. Instead, I will invest in good quality pieces that I absolutely love and know I will continue to love and wear for several more years to come. It may mean far less clothing and ensembles where everything's matchy matchy - but it means far better quality. It means that every item in my wardrobe is an investment.
(Also, thankfully the Finnish high street shops are a whole lot more boring than the London ones, which will help the process a great deal...)
I have also decided to fully revamp my closet and part with anything and everything that does not fit me or that I no longer regularly use. I have many dresses that are now too big for me and also a few that are too small, which I've been hoarding for various reasons. Plus, I've outgrown the 1950s a long time ago so I've decided to part with most of my clothing from that era. If you're in Helsinki later this month, you can come and check out my items for sale over at Helsinki Vintage.