I know many of you who read this blog are also bloggers too and so I’m sure you all feel me here when I say it’s really bloody hard sometimes when a) you’re a smaller blogger so have to buy a of your new clothes with money from your 9-5 or b) you’re a larger blogger but always feel you need to be shopping.
It’s something we all have to deal with and lately I’ve been finding it tough. Here in Bermuda we don’t really have many shops – there’s a Mango, French Connection, UCOB and Sisley (probably a few others I’ve missed) and these are great but being a small island means that it’s not generally very current stock. Not only that but the sales tax is crazy – items can cost two to three times as much.
Why don’t I order online you might be thinking? Well, we’re moving in a week and a half to a new address and then we are able to set up a PO Box (the post system isn’t that reliable here so it’s good to set one up) and there are custom duties to pay. But mainly it’s the time it takes for things to arrive. Essentially it means that it’s hard to stay ‘current’ and link in-stock items that don’t piss people off without hopping off to New York for shopping once a month (not actually complaining about that).
In a world of fast fashion it’s really good to see catwalks keeping trends going from season to season meaning that whilst we may not have current stock on our Instagrams, it’s still ‘on-trend’. I’ve become a bit better at re-wearing items from last year – especially as I haven’t been able to buy anything new the last month so I’ve been forced to revisit clothes and you know what – I love them! Brands are also starting to release new versions of items from last year; this tends to be the more premium high street favourites like Reiss and Karen Millen but it’s a good way to wear last year’s but link to the more current version.
I also have a slight moral dilemma; I hate waste and it’s hard not to feel guilty buying lots of fast fashion items when you know there are so many children around the world without clothes – and very underpaid people making them. I spoke before about my motto for this year being quality over quantity and I stick to that but it is hard when you don’t want to keep showing the same things or out of stock items.
So my tips to you if you’re struggling with this as well is to really think about what you’re buying – how many times to do think you’ll wear it? If it’s really trend driven, are there cheaper options? If it’s a basic, is it one that is in year in and out? (Levis, Raybans, Designer handbags etc…). Are you able to wear the item in a number of different ways to keep it interesting? Ask yourself these questions before you buy and you might find you buy less and spend less but have plenty of content and current items. Happy shopping!
In true honour of the post i’m afraid I can only link the sunnies and the sandals as the dress is out of stock (but I’ve put an alternative in there for ya as well).