do you feel that the disparity in quality is not noticeable?

ladysarah

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Does the quality of your coat match the quality of your Hermes bag?

To all the Hermes bags owners who carry their bags regularly I have a question: Do you wear a coat or jacket that is similarly priced? (Idont mean exclusively Hermes RTW but similar quality.) This may sound weird but when I carry a Kelly I like to wear ‘good’ coats. In the summer I have lighter coats/jackets but they are still relatively high quality, tailored pieces.
Funnily enough this doesn’t extend to my shoes - I wear trainers a lot and they are usually around £100 or even less. I feel the same with inexpensive jeans. For example I feel that second hand jeans especially Levi’s look great with Hermes. This is because I feel you can get great jeans and trainers without spending much, but you cannot get good tailored clothes/good fabrics, without the price tag.
When it comes to coats and tailoring I do feel it needs to be roughly in the same league as the hermes bag. (No zara coats or fast fashion for me it just doesn’t look right-:eek:Ii t does not 'elevate' the outfit in my eyes and I can pretty much always tell the difference believe me.)
So the question is: would you spend as much (or near enough) on the coat as for thé bag? Or do you feel that the disparity in quality is not noticeable?

disclaimer: yes I do get my jeans tailored/adjusted;) Sometimes that costs more than the jeans, but I keep them for a long time.
 
I'm a believer in spending on coats (and jackets), at least if one lives in a place with spring/fall/winter temperatures. I think it finishes a look, and it's probably where I've sunk the most RTW/MTM money. But I'm just as happy wearing a Kelly with my 60€ Zara "sheep" coat or a $200 Aritzia puffer as with my 9000€ Loro Piana cashmere coat.
I have never really thought about it, but think maybe it's a question of being OK with a high/low mix as far as coats are concerned. I think I probably instinctively wear "good" shoes as well as a "good" bag if I am wearing a less expensive coat. It's 80 degrees where I am rn so to be honest it's hard to imagine!
 
Personally think that coats make a statement in my wardrobe. If the coat is giving me the overall look
that I am wanting to achieve with quality, fabrication, styling & warmth yes I have & will spend the money
that is similarly priced as a bag.
I love my Max Mara Teddy coats because of the warmth, I have found that H cashmere coats do not
wear well (personally don't like the pilling) but I do like the details & have several vintage coats that
are warmer than many coats being made today & in many ways were more luxurious because they
had sumptuous linings..
Down jackets/coat offer the most warmth.
Anyone can elevate their look if they have their own individual sense of styling & can rock their look
just as easily with an expensive bag or an inexpensive bag.. it's a mindset, JMO
 
Personally , I believe investing in clothing is always worth it. A better quality coat will drape better, be softer and have nicer fine details. Same goes for shoes, RTW seems fine till you order your first pair on a custom last then you can never go back. Jeans with a cashmere, silk or linen blend depending on the season will also run circles around normal jeans when it comes to comfort and touch.


Personally, if you don’t notice a difference then you might be blessed in a way. Because once you do, it becomes one heck of a slippery slope.
 
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Hmm, I love coats, blazers, and jackets but I am a firm believer in 1) tailoring and 2) material. However, tailoring, fit, and cut takes priority over all.
I have many high-end designer and high-street blazers that I wear interchangeably with my bags.

While I do not have any hermes bags, I do carry, my Chanel CF, my Moynat bags, and other luxury bags with any of my clothes.
In person, I often get complimented on a lot of my high-street blazers and jackets and many are surprised when I tell them I'm wearing Zara or something not desinger.

On the OOTD thread, I post quite a few of my Zara, Reiss, and Massimo Dutti blazers and I firmly believe that it is the cut and fit that really sells the look.


2 work ootds

One for the day job and other for the work dinner event later that evening

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The most plain outfit imaginable. (But it was cold and rainy and I was lazy lol)

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Of course, upon closer inspection, the lack in quality of materials don't lie. But, if I like it enough, I am happy to invest in a higher-end or luxury piece of outwear of similar design/look to add to my wardrobe. :biggrin:

I absolutely love my SL, Burberry, and Balmain pieces. The construction, material, and stitching make a ton of difference and there is no better feeling than wearing something that makes you feel stunning!:heart:
The RTW are just forever pieces and the high street will end up in the bin or donated eventually from wear and tear, but I love wearing all of them with my luxury bags regardless.
 
Personally , I believe investing in clothing is always worth it. A better quality coat will drape better, be softer and having nicer fine details. Same goes for shoes, RTW seems fine till you order your first pair on a custom last then you can never go back. Jeans with a cashmere, silk or linen blend depending on the season will also run circles around normal jeans when it comes to comfort and touch.


Personally, if you don’t notice a difference then you might be blessed in a way. Because once you do, it becomes one heck of a slippery slope.
Agree! 💯

RTW is dangerous! :lol:
 
One can be wearing a bespoke piece of RTW as well as a handbag & look like a million bucks
just as easily as one wearing street clothes as they are commonly referred to & give off
a vibe of looking like a million bucks as well
It's all about attitude & confidence & if one doesn't exude that, it doesn't matter how much your clothing costs
Mixing high & low seems to me what it has been about for a long time
 
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One can be wearing a bespoke piece of RTW as well as a handbag & look like a million bucks
just as easily as one wearing street clothes as they are commonly referred to & give off
a vibe of being just as costly.
It's all about attitude & confidence.
Mixing high & low seems to me what it has been about for a long time
This. I usually wear street clothes with my H bags, I prefer it rather than wearing thousands of $$$$ in clothes, it's overkill IMO. I like to wear mostly jeans (Levi's 501) with a nice cashmere jersey in winter and mostly a white T-shirt in summer and nice shoes. I wear sneakers aswell but I like good quality shoes so I'd rather spend on accessories than clothes themselves. The simpler the better, true chic! I like to wear a nice coat in winter but it doesn't have to be super expensive, and most of my coats are all the same style: men's single breasted or double breasted ( for women of course!)in different fabrics like tweeds, camel hair, or solid coloured wools. I'm convinced one can look like a million bucks wearing a few hundred $$ clothes ,an H bag and good quality shoes.

Confidence and attitude indeed!
 
One can be wearing a bespoke piece of RTW as well as a handbag & look like a million bucks
just as easily as one wearing street clothes as they are commonly referred to & give off
a vibe of looking like a million bucks as well
It's all about attitude & confidence & if one doesn't exude that, it doesn't matter how much your clothing costs
Mixing high & low seems to me what it has been about for a long time
💯 You've said it for me.
 
I have a Burberry cashmere coat and a Burberry wool coat (I know Burberry is not as expensive as some other brands) both of them lasted maybe 2 seasons until both started to look bad. I drive car a lot. So I guess sitting in the coat and getting in and out of car was causing a lot of peeling and wrinkling. Same happened to Burberry cashmere jacket. So honestly I don’t know what to do because I like coats for winter, but I don’t want to spend such money on clothes that last 2 seasons. I do think that good tailored blazer totally elevates almost any outfit though. Also I noticed I receive often compliments on my H&M summer dresses when I wear them with expensive jacket, shoes, purse, and jewelry. For some reason people always give compliment to the h&m dress but not a blazer 😆
 
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I have a Burberry cashmere coat and a Burberry wool coat (I know Burberry is not as expensive as some other brands) both of them lasted maybe 2 seasons until both started to look bad. I drive car a lot. So I guess sitting in the coat and getting in and out of car was causing a lot of peeling and wrinkling. Same happened to Burberry cashmere jacket. So honestly I don’t know what to do because I like coats for winter, but I don’t want to spend such money on clothes that last 2 seasons. I do think that good tailored blazer totally elevates almost any outfit though. Also I noticed I receive often compliments on my H&M summer dresses when I wear them with expensive jacket, shoes, purse, and jewelry. For some reason people always give compliment to the h&m dress but not a blazer 😆
Did you shave them/brush them? Wool and cashmere items can have their looks improved by leaps and bounds with some tlc via a cashmere brush / fabric shaver. 2 seasons seems like an unreasonably short amount of time for a coat to last.
 
Did you shave them/brush them? Wool and cashmere items can have their looks improved by leaps and bounds with some tlc via a cashmere brush / fabric shaver. 2 seasons seems like an unreasonably short amount of time for a coat to last.
Thank you I’ll try it. It’s not like coats are unwearable, just doesn’t look good to me. I assume because those parts are rubbing against car seat.
 
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I happily mix high with low for many wardrobe categories, but always invest in good shoes and good coats. When my friends and I were at uni with limited funds, we always adhered to the principle of “good shoes and good bags” (although that certainly didn’t extend to Hermès in those days!). I think a cheaply made coat shows its flaws more than, say, a well-chosen high street dress.
 
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I put together an outfit with very little regard to who made the clothing or the shoes and/or how much they cost. I usually start with the bag I want to carry or the shoes I want to wear or maybe the scarf that I'll tie and go from there. If it works, I feel confident and that shows regardless of how much money I'm 'wearing'
I'll add that I have very few designer RTW items (a handful of H sweaters & coats and a few Prada coats) so I don't often wear designer stuff.