Totally agreed. OP, if you are trying to achieve pieces that last 5-10 years by shopping at Zara, I don't think it's going to happen.I'm afraid to sound REALLY snobby by saying those, but if you're counting stuff from Zara in the "quality" category rather than the "quantity" category, I think you might be talking to the wrong crowd.
At least I know I certainly don't shop at Zara for quality items. Take this pair of jeans I recently bought there. They're leopard print, so they're very much a trend item and something I know I probably won't want to wear in a few years time, and hence won't spend a lot of money on. So I bought them at Zara, figuring that would be okay. However, within maybe five wears one of the belt loops was torn, the button had almost fallen out and the fabric is already showing wear.
The way I see it, it's much better, and in the long-term more cost-efficient, to save up and buy those few, quality pieces you'll have for a long time if you take good care of them, rather than buying a load of things from like, H&M or Zara, which will fall apart within a few uses. Not that I don't like Zara, because I do - I absolutely love the clothes there; they're just not very well made.
Agree! I'd rather have one pair of AGL or Frye boots than a bunch of cheaper versions that do not last. Case in point with my Steve Madden boots. They didn't even last 2 years.Totally agreed. OP, if you are trying to achieve pieces that last 5-10 years by shopping at Zara, I don't think it's going to happen.
I adhere to this mantra of quality over quantity completely, with the added caveat that I refuse (in most cases) to buy something right when it comes out at full price.
Here are a couple of examples from my closet:
Frye motorcycle boots. Not cheap, but I have replaced the soles twice, and they are so comfortable I could walk for miles in them. And they look amazing with almost everything. Couple of hundred, not on sale.
An Alexander McQueen blazer (not the one I just got) that was on sale at NM last call for $800. I think I starved for a week to buy that. But it is one of my best pieces and it's been over 7 years and it still is in fashion and still looks great.
DVF dress. I think I have worn that thing everywhere! The jersey makes it easy to pack and easy to wear. $100-something on sale.
I don't think you have to spend that much money to get quality. Make sure you turn the top (or whatever) inside out and check out the seaming. If you see a lot of loose threads or it looks chaotic on the inside, it's not quality.
"It" items are usually the ones that are trendy and only good for a season.wow i always though zara was high quality... but i'm only 19. is it doable to save for a isabel marant jacket (i love them)
plus i don't know which are «it» item and which are not.
I agree -- when you are young, your taste may still change, your lifestyle will go through many more stages. You also can get away with more trendy, less precious things and look cool.I think girls your age quality is not that important may be except jeans and a nice pair of shoes. It's good time to experiment what works for you and what not....play with fashion.
An IM jacket would be nice....but I would probably get the etoile line...
I agree -- when you are young, your taste may still change, your lifestyle will go through many more stages. You also can get away with more trendy, less precious things and look cool.
When I was your age (which was a l-o-n-g time ago), I had a mix of many different price points in my wardrobe. But things have really changed, too. There are many more decent clothes and accessories that don't break the bank now.
Pay attention to how things fit. When they fit well, regardless of price, they will look better. For certain items there is no reason to pay top dollar for them, e.g. simple white T shirts. They will suffer from wear and tear and have to be replaced often. For others, it pays to invest. I would pay more for things that I will use a lot.
juneping is right -- jeans and shoes -- get these right and it will be worth it. I would add, a dress that can take you to many situations, like a day to night dress that can be dressed up or down. The more versatile an item is, the more it's worth it to pay more.