INVESTING IN MY WARDROBE: RAG & BONE BOOTS REVIEW
Last year I realized that I wanted to start investing more in the pieces in my wardrobe (ranging from clothes to footwear). There have been a number of fast fashion items in my closet that I’ve truly loved from a design perspective, but sadly they have worn out after a year or two. Personally, I’m someone who likes to find classic yet trend-forward and interesting pieces that will last me more than one season. While on my blog in the past I’ve highlighted a lot of different trends each season, I’ve realized through the process I prefer to have a more consistent style. (Plus I seriously don’t have the energy to shop all the time!) Don’t get me wrong, I still love trying out new trends from time to time, but I’ve learned that my overall personal style is less defined by following all the latest trends.
Additionally, I think what’s motivated me to spend more on quality pieces is the frustration I’ve felt by items wearing out so quickly. I’ve started to ask myself is “saving” money now on an item really worth it? Especially, if I’m going to have to replace it sooner than I’d have to if I had bought a more expensive, higher-quality item? Am I really saving money if I’m constantly having to replace things? Apart from the speed at which I’ve watched my clothes wear out, it’s also about the fit. With fast fashion items I do find myself settling a lot more when it comes to fit. There’s generally something slightly off with most items I try on, which doesn’t seem like huge deal breaker at the time, but I’ve found it frustrates me whenever I wear the item because I end up constantly fidgeting and adjusting. Before I buy anything now the questions I ask myself are: “Do I LOVE this?” and “Does this item fit me well?” If either answer is no, then I pass.
Buying these Rag & Bone Walker boots for myself last year was one step in the direction of investing more in wardrobe. Hands down I’ll say it was the most money I’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes. I did buy them though on Cyber Monday last year, so I was able to get them on major sale at least ($333 on sale vs $475 normally)! However, I knew that I loved the style enough to wear them multiple seasons and they’d last me a longer time than a fast fashion pair. This is my second winter with these boots and I still love them. The heel is high enough that they make me look a little taller, but they’re also moderate enough that I can walk around New York in them all day! That’s one of the main criteria I base all my shoe purchasing decisions on.
In these pictures, I’m finally wearing my Everlane Authentic Stretch jeans for the first time out in the wild. (I’ve worn them a few times since then as well and they are super comfy.) I have to say I’m very happy to report that they stay up without me having to wear a belt! It’s such a nice feeling to have a pair of jeans for once that doesn’t leave me with a waist gap. The only downside to them is that they attract lint like crazy! My sweater kept leaving red fuzzies all over them. I’d recommend keeping a lint roller handy during sweater season. Despite this downside, I’m still a fan :)
I would love to hear from all of you what your philosophy is on deciding what clothes make it into your wardrobe. What are your criteria for determining what makes the cut and what doesn’t? Does anyone else get frustrated with how quickly their fast fashion clothes wear out? Would love to get your perspective in the comments below!