Wardrobe Restyle - Quality vs. Quantity (+ brands I love!)


Another Wardrobe Restyle post! Today I want to talk about quality vs. quantity when making additions to your wardrobe. Let's take a little trip down memory lane, through my style/clothing habits throughout the years shall we? (I'll spare you the awful pictures)

- High School -
This was definitely a period of fast fashion for me, and I tended to purchase cheap, trendy items (who remembers those god awful belts with all the grommet holes in them? Oh, and flare jeans. Ugh!). But this is probably the tendency of most high school students. My style did have a major change towards my final year, as I started working in an accounting firm for the summer. I had to go out and purchase scary things like a blazer and slacks.

- College -
I kept working part-time throughout college, and full-time in the summer, which was great because it meant I had income! I built my "professional" wardrobe, and my sense of style evolved a lot as well. Unfortunately, while I was investing in a work wardrobe, it wasn't necessarily good quality, and most of those items didn't last long before losing their shape or looking drabby.

- University -
Boy oh boy did I backtrack on the fashion front during my uni days! I think I spent the majority of my time in Lululemon sweatpants and sweatshirts, bundled up in the back row of every freezing auditorium. Between a full schedule of classes, and working in a research lab in between and all summer, comfort was key.

- Working Girl -
My sense of style really took hold when I started my job full time. I also started to invest in my wardrobe, and see the value in paying more for items that fit great and would last years. You can read more about my personal style here and here.

- What to look for when adding to your wardrobe? -

Fabric: one of the first things I look at is the type fabric. Is that fab knit piece wool? Or is it an acrylic blend? If it's acrylic, then you probably want to stay away because it will pill easily and won't look as great after a couple washes. I looooove linen, but I have to realize going in that it's a piece that will crease like mad! Crepe is a wonderful fabric for traveling with because it resists wrinkles and has a really nice flowy feel, but it requires extra care when washing. I'm a big fan of chambray everything, but I have to remember that I'll have to iron it after washing it, and is the cut going to make that easy, or drive me insane? Here is a great guide to different fabrics.

Fit: I always, always, always try things on. And if I'm ordering online, I make sure they have a great return policy (Shopbop, Gap, and Madewell all have great return policies). If I question the fit at all, then it's probably not a good buy. Clothes have to make me feel great after all!

- Where to invest in your wardrobe? -

Where do I invest in my wardrobe? That's a good question, and it is probably very personal depending on your lifestyle (read about how to evaluate your wardrobe needs based on your lifestyle here). I tend to spend more money on quality items for my working wardrobe, because that's what I spend most of my time doing. I also tend to spend more on pieces that I know will be great for travel (like my alpaca cape from Cuyana, or crepe dresses that roll up tight and don't wrinkle).

Where to splurge: A great blazer. Quality business dresses. Leather-soled high heels (because you can re-sole them after they wear). Jeans that fit like a glove. A beautiful silk blouse.

Where to save: Trend pieces. Summer clothing. Tees + tanks (inexpensive, but not cheap). Accessories. To & from shoes.

Always be on the lookout for great surprise pieces too. Like the above coat from Topshop! It was a great price, and the quality is fantastic! It's one of my favourite pieces I added to my wardrobe this spring.

- Some brands I love -

Madewell: I think my current favourite brand is Madewell. The quality has been phenomenal lately, and all the pieces I've purchased have had a great fit (save for 2 pullover sweaters from last Fall that have gone a little funky). I've been so disappointed with J. Crew lately that I'm happy to see Madewell stepping up.
Great for: tees, tanks, denim, cardigans, dresses

Club Monaco: It can definitely be somewhat pricey, so always keep an eye on the sale rack. I invest in classic business dresses from here, and have always been satisfied.
Great for: business dresses, cocktail dresses, silk tanks, quality tees

Anthropologie: My go-to brand for different pieces. There is always way too much selection, so I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are more of a classic style and not trendy.
Great for: scarves + accessories

American Eagle: Amazing for inexpensive summer pieces that you know you're going to sweat in and get sunscreen all over.
Great for: sundresses, rompers, shorts

Plus many, many more.

What do you look for in clothing? Where do you invest in your wardrobe? What are some of your favourite go-to brands?



  1. I love this post! It's so easy to just spend so much on bad quality pieces. I am trying to invest more and more in key pieces to last! I'm always searching through the Club Monaco sale rack, too!

    xx Gabriella

    1. The sale rack at Club Monaco is the best!...when you can actually find something. It can be hit or miss.


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