Why buy quality over quantity when it comes to clothing and the mindset around it.

Its a no brainer how much fast fashion is out there now, on the high street and even online.

We are bombarded with sales and who has the best deals going and quite frankly I am bored with seeing it, shopping is just not so fun anymore. 

When I was younger I used to love going shopping,  a trip to Harrogate or York was a real treat because it was fun to see what we could find but now every single shop has the same and it’s like a blummin jumble sale. 

I saw this recently when I went shopping in Leeds, I spent time walking through different designer shops to walking through a few high street shops and I just had to get out of the high street shops I couldn’t stand being in there, which is such a shame. I could instantly see the difference between both and made me realised why people do go for quality over quantity. 

The shopping experience, service and layout of the shop was so much of a better atmosphere. 

I’m totally over this fast fashion era! It has no personality to it or thought. I feel it’s just how much sales they can get to drive faster products.

 It got me thinking about what can we do to spend more on quality items rather than just on impulse because it’s cheap or looks cool. 

It’s all about conscious consuming and I think this is the way forward to get back to a shopping experience we enjoy whether it is buying something handmade or shopping elsewhere. 

So what’s the best way to become better at consuming quality clothing.

  • Don’t impulse buy

We tend to buy clothes because it looks cool or there is an offer/sale on it and out conscious somehow thinks that it’s the better deal but in reality do we really need it and is it actually going to last long? 

I think the clothing in your wardrobe should really mean something to you. They are chosen with thought and really say something about you, align with your personality. 

  • take your time

Working on your new wardrobe doesn’t have to be scary it can be exciting. Pinterest is a great source to start looking at new ways to put a look together, make a vision board of what YOU want to look like, most of all have fun with it.

Explore new shops! Stray away from the norm you’ll be surprised what you will find and don’t be scared to go vintage and charity you will be surprised what you can find in there.

If your looking for real investment pieces then handmade is such an amazing option. Getting something made to your measurements is something so unique and nobody else will have it which is always a winner. 

Check out my bespoke service here if this something you are interested in. 

It’s a slow process but just think of the end outcome and kick-ass wardrobe you will have. 

  • Know your quality

The more you start to look elsewhere, the more you will find different quality clothing. Don’t be afraid to go into designer shops either.

Even if you can’t afford it just to feel the quality and see how something is made is just a treat, hey why not even try it on just to get that feel of quality and you deserve it. I do it all the time! 

Look for detailing get to know the garment, is there topstitching? Is there any beading or embroidery? How have the cuffs and hems been finished off differently? What is the lining like?

All these things play a big part in the finishing off of a garment and a clear point to high fashion rather than cheap fashion.  

A lot of this is to do with mindset and what we’ve been programmed to think about what we should or shouldn’t buy 

You’ve just gotta push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new. 

I’m in no way to preach how you shouldn’t or should buy and everyone’s budget is completely different but if you are wanting to make a conscious change to your shopping habits then maybe think about saving those pennies to buy quality over getting the better bargain. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments. Is spending more on clothing and buying less is the way forward? Or do you feel that buying cheaper clothing more often works better for you? 

Featured image by Stockphoto

 

Let’s talk sustainability

Let’s talk sustainability

Let’s talk sustainability…

I’ve been speaking recently over on my social media about what sustainability means to me and why I’m so passionate about why I do what I do in my business.

It’s important to me to get the message across that Born to Thread is all about sustainable clothing.

I want people to start to invest in good clothing as fast fashion is having a huge impact on our environment and people’s physical lives, it’s shocking.

This isn’t just a recent thing it has been happening for years, recently I’ve reading a few articles about what’s happening and have also watched the very powerful documentary on the BBC by Stacey Dooley – Fashions dirty secret (a must if you want to learn more)

I have always been aware of this as we learnt about a few things at university, but this documentary definitely opened my eyes to how disgusting, wasteful and the harmful effect it is causing.

This is why I am so proud of my business been built on sustainable clothing. I try my hardest not to waste and everything you see on my website is made by my fair hands and only me, well maybe a little hand from my mum when things get busy! But you won’t find any major big factories here.

Born to Thread is all about slow fashion and creating a brand that people invest in rather than throw away.

When you shop well and support independent brands it makes the experience so much more memorable and when you think about it you are actually buying a piece of art that somebody has created just for you.

So please have a little think today, have a read of the articles and start to make a change.

It will be so worth it in the end.

Embrace your style

Embrace your style

There is something so therapeutic about sitting at a sewing machine and creating a garment, it’s always been in me to make people feel amazing especially in the clothing that they wear.

It’s a big thing, right? In what you choose to wear, you should be feeling fabulous everyday so that’s where Born to Thread steps in and helps you.

This is what I pride my business on the fact that all my products are handmade from my off the peg items (which can be found in my shop page) to my bespoke made to measure items. I make them for you! I help you create confidence in the outfits you wear.

I think there is so much pressure for people to fit in and look a certain way. ‘You should be wearing this, or you should be wearing that. Oh, you’re into that music so therefore you should dress like this! Bollocks I say.

Embrace anything, your style is your style and if you want to wear that pink shirt with leopard print trousers and listen to Celine Dion, the why the hell not!

So now I’ve got me preach out of the way here few little photos of a jacket I’ve been working on this week.

The bride is going for a black sleeveless jacket with an epic backpatch which I have spent the weekend drawing out. It’s been a tricky one as the surname was quite long, but I got there in the end and looking forward to the finish product.

I love the fact that my jackets are so diverse from wearing them at weddings, festivals and even everyday wear. Also, did you know that I ship worldwide, yes that’s right. So, no matter where you are you can still order one!