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Luxury vs. high street: Will there ever be a winner?

In the pursuit of fashion, we give a lot. Disregarding our own comfort and on some occasions, even our health. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. What if shoes didn’t hurt (even the first time!)? What if bras didn’t constrict and twang? What if clothes actually fitted us and flattered our physique?

What an outrageous thought!

Whilst many high street stores think the human body is a one-size-fits-all mannequin, there’s a line of tailors on hand to ensure your clothes are the perfect fit. Yet, there are plenty of people whom think these bespoke clothing services are strictly for men, but we’re not in the 1950s anymore!

True luxury is no longer a designer label. Luxury is woven into the very fabric of your wardrobe. It’s the clothing you’ve had for years, that never seems to go out of style and feels just the same quality as it did back when you originally bought it. For a true feeling of opulence, nothing beats a one-of-a-kind, tailor-made outfit, just for you.

The high price of fashion

A study by Sure Women from 2012 found that the average woman will spend more than £80,000 on clothing in her lifetime. An astonishing amount we’re sure you’ll agree, but what are you really getting for your money? A chance to look in vogue for a season, a dress you’ll wear once or twice and probably a few items you’ll ‘slim down into’; we’re all guilty of buying more than we need and not focusing on key pieces.

Covering the basics can save you the time and effort of trawling across the high street and waking up in the morning, only to delve so deep into your wardrobe in the hope of finding something, that you eventually reach Narnia.

Planning your wardrobe around key pieces allows you to stop and think before making major purchases. Imagine you’ve already got the perfect fitted blazer, or even a pencil skirt that’s a staple for your professional wardrobe, with such an excellent base you can begin to craft outfits around each piece without the need for ill-fitting garments and uncomfortable shoes. Your key pieces do the talking for you.

Yet it’s not just women who can splash the cash. Collectively British men spend a huge £13 billion annually on clothing and accessories, making it an average of £998 each. That’s a mere £99 less than the average woman.

The British clearly know how to shop, or do we?

This rise in spending could be linked to the growing issue of disposable fashion. As the saying goes ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ and we’ve all fallen foul of the high street’s games. We’ve mentioned before that a fine tailored suit will last you longer, but it seems that it would greatly impact your spending too. Who would have ever thought that luxury clothing could actually save you money?

While there’s room in your wardrobe for both luxury and high street items, you should always opt for quality over quantity. Taking this approach will pay dividends in the long run, as you’ll have a collection of top-quality bespoke items that nobody else has. After all, you don’t want to be wearing the same as everybody else, do you?

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