I’m not a fast fashion kind of girl. I went through a stage a couple of years ago of buying up every pair of pants (I’m talking trousers) I could find in Zara because it was the only place I could find anything long enough to fit my 6ft frame, but now hems have dropped and I’ve sourced other options. The kool-aid H&M/TopShop/Primark/etc goblet never blew past my pew either.
That’s not to say that I don’t love these stores – and the price tag. Au contraire. Whenever I compliment a friend on their outfit, invariably she or he says THANKS and SMILES before lowering her or his voice to whisper that they’d bought the [insert whatever it was was that caught my eye] for £0.02.
I honestly don’t know how they do it. Whenever I visit said establishments, I get over-faced by racks and racks and racks and racks and racks and floors and floors and floors and floors and floors of clothing – and I can never, ever, EVER find anything that might suit me.
Admittedly this is my own special brand of problem. I’m sure if I had the patience – and the budget (I know it’s cheap, but two years of studying has not been kind on my wallet and ZERO still means ZERO) – I’d fare better than I have done in the past.
For now I’m going to be content with my overly-loved investment pieces, such as these Tracey Neuls shoes I bought last year. I’ve had the toes repainted and the sole replaced twice (I did wear them everyday for a while), but the leather is still buttery soft and they’re so beautiful and unique.
These brass Nne Moja rings by MADE via The Outnet are also cherished. They come in a set of four, but these three are my favourites. I wear them stacked or on their own. It’s the simple little accents that make me happy…though I do wish I’d gotten my hands on some of those men’s croc print Versace for H&M pants (and yes, I’m still talking about trousers).
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