Having now been without the majority of my wardrobe for around six months (yep, my things are STILL in storage) I have been forced to really think about what I wear, how I wear it and how much use I will actually get from every garment I own.
I talked in a past post about investment pieces, and how my attitude towards clothing has changed. I still can’t resist a bargain, but I’m putting a lot of thought into each and every purchase I make. Rather than running away from the more mid to high end brands, I’m beginning to think about cost per wear.
My plan is to build a wardrobe filled with high quality basics, then add fashionable more cost effective pieces that will only last a season or two. My hope is to keep my look fresh without resorting to buying a whole new wardrobe every year (not that I’ve ever done that, but you know what I mean). I have already made a number of purchases, and have been gifted a few rather lovely items over the last couple of months, (see here, here, here and here) which has only deepened my desire to keep on the quality over quantity path.
So when Finery offered to send me some goodies to sample, rather than filling my virtual trolley with items that caught my eye but I knew I’d only wear a couple of times, I put a lot of effort into finding a few key pieces that would take my wardrobe to the next level.
Take this white shirt for example. I’ve been looking for the perfect white shirt for a while now. As I’ve put on quite a bit of weight over the last few weeks, I wanted something that would look equally good unbuttoned as it does buttoned. My reasoning being that it would look OK now (and hide a multitude of sins), but will look even better when I’ve shed a few pounds.
This certainly fits with my new way of thinking. The old me would have bought a cheaper shirt in a size that fits perfectly now, only to have to replace it when my weight drops.
I also opted for unusual boots that I know won’t go out of style overnight – I’ll probably be wearing them years down the line. I’m not one to be obsessed with what’s ‘in’ but I do love this season’s trend of mismatching earrings, so I thew a pair of silver ones into my basket for good measure.
So far, it has to be said, I do think I’ve found the perfect white shirt. It has a wonderful crispness to it – so much so that it almost rustles when I move. I’m also loving the tie detail on the front and back. Yep, I’m a very happy bunny! Albeit a very windswept happy bunny.
If you fancy adding a little something from Finery to your wardrobe, Barefaced Chic readers can claim a 15% discount, with no minimum spend, up until the 12/04/2017. This applies to full price items only, is non compoundable and one use per email. Quote code BAREFACE15 at the checkout and let me know what catches your eye.
To give you an idea of what Finery have to offer, here are the ladies of The Over 40 Collective who all chose radically different outfits, but who all look utterly delectable!
Liz – What Lizzy Loves
Nikki – Midlife Chic
Michelle – RetroChicMama
Catherine – Not Dressed As Lamb
Annette – Lady of Style
Lisa – The Sequinsit
Before I toddle off, just to give you a heads up: I found the sizes to be generous, the shirt is a size 10 and I can actually do it up – and there ain’t no way I’m a size 10 at the moment 😂
Finery also don’t supply return slips, you have to print them yourself. Not a problem if you have a printer, a pain in the proverbial if you’re stuck on a boat!