A NEW SPRING ‘FOREVER’ DRESS
A High Street Purchase That Has Already Become A Wardrobe Staple
I’ve felt a little uninspired with my recent clothes purchases, so much so many have been returned with a level of disappointment that they weren’t quite all I hoped. From everyday basics from my favourite high end high street stores to luxury purchases bought with an investment in mind. Whether it’s been the fit, the colours, the overall ‘wow’ factor, they’re just not hit the spot and where I am now in my approach to fashion, unless it’s a 10/10 for me, there’s simply no point keeping it.
Long gone are the days of clothes hanging in my wardrobe with tags still on because I kept a purchase that really I just didn’t quite love.
Anyway, I’ve definitely moved my fashion buys away from the high street stores I used to love so much, I talked a little more about ‘why’ here but it really just came down to quality. However, despite the shift, I had a random sneaky browse of Zara a few weeks back and absolutely fell head over heels with this maxi dress. It’s 100% my style, the colour is perfect and it’s definitely inspired by the brands I love so much right now (Rixo / Ganni etc). When it arrived it was a 10/10 without doubt and I wore it that same day.
It’s a little annoying our peak excitement at spring arriving was quickly swiped from under our feet and replaced with seriously cold weather, rain and of course snow (it was about a 40 second snow storm in central London a few weeks back … !), but regardless I’ve worn this dress loads already. Mostly teamed with my Veja trainers for a low key look, and topped up with my Jigsaw wool coat for warmth. It actually looks super cool with a long line coat because as you walk the red flicks underneath and through the front and back slits.
For £39.99, it may be fast fashion, but for me this is along lasting wardrobe staple.
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says
I don’t think fast fashion is always the enemy – it’s difficult for most of us to just buy from sustainable brands 100% of the time. I think you have to try and establish a balance!
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
I totally agree with this, I think finding balance is the key and also why miss out on something you love out of principle :)
I’m not the biggest fan of Zara, I don’t relate to the style all that much and they’ve been slowly upping their prices over the past 10 years or so while the quality stays the same which seems a bit shady to me. Nonetheless, I feel like I’m gonna have to check out that dress, it’s so pretty and I’ve been looking for a maxi dress for a long time.
I feel the same. I used to spend SO MUCH money in Zara and Mango, but I realised that 90% of my wardrobe didn’t make me feel good, and because it was affordable i’d buy and keep pieces that were OKAY, but not 10/10. It was such a waste of not only the clothes but also my money. I did a HUGE clear out and donated bags full of stuff to a Womens Refuge charity and now am focussed on one off ‘perfect pieces’ that may cost more, but they’re 100% right so worth the investment. That said … this dress is so my style, fit perfectly and i just loved it … and i think it’s okay to have a balance when you find something you love :) xx
Wow, this dress is beautiful and your photography is just stunning!
Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com
Lisa Autumn says
Okay I need this dress!
x Lisa | lisaautumn.com
These are such beautiful photos
Love the print of this dress!
Abigail Alice x