Now that I have entered the Buy Better Years, I am much more careful about my style purchases. This doesn’t mean maxing out the plastic at Net-a-Porter, it means considerate consumption and not buying shit clothes. Fortunately, there are good quality basics to be had at affordable prices. If you like COS and Uniqlo, it’s worth checking out American e-tailer Everlane (shipping internationally for one week starting 10 April, fingers crossed for a more permanent arrangement). After a recent wearer trial (thank you for sending, Everlane) I can confirm that the silk shirts and flat shoes have been granted the That’s Not My Age seal of approval. Footwear is sturdy and made in Italy, the quality is good and products don’t cost a fortune. I’ve tried out the relaxed collarless silk shirt and the modern loafer and now have my eye on the Babouche-style slipper.
Fond of a nautical stripe? French Breton brand Saint James is now shipping to the UK. Woo hoo. And the other day I was flying through the M&S fashion department on my way to the food hall (like you do) and I spotted a fantastic pair of stretch cotton Capri pants. The ochre colourway caught my eye but this style is available in five different shades, including red (available HERE). M&S fabrics can be a bit hit and miss but I copped a feel and these pants pass the test, too.
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about the That’s Not My Age: This Is My Style project. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and hopefully can turn into a regular-ish feature. Budgets and subjects permitting.