November 5, 2012

get ready for work: your outfit of the week



The above items total $3432, the clothes below from TopShop (sans the boots and bag) $426. Quite a difference. Let's be honest, we certainly can't afford to spend $3000 on an outfit.

However, because we believe in quality over quantity, we do save for one item or the other. We try and choose carefully - something that will last for years. Naturally, we'd like to be fashionable while we save, so we go to TopShop and H&M, check out frontlineshop.com, Zalando.at, planetsports, ebay and possibly some second hand shops (although I've found them to be ridiculously exspensive)  for cheaper alternatives. Money can't buy you style (Donald Trump anyone? I rest my case) so one has to be creative. 

Instead of buying five of this and ten of that, we'll buy one of each and wait till a great cashmere sweater goes on sale. One thing we won't buy cheap: bags and shoes. The alternative: chucks, messenger bags, funky backpacks i.e. the student look. It works. See the world beautiful*. You'll find something.

Similar items for less:


some more sites to find bargains: 
youngrepublic.com (a collection of young designers from around the world at affordable prices)
theoutnet.com  (the outlet site for net-a-porter.)  
colette.fr (lots quirky fun stuff )

*"See the World Beautiful" is the name of a lovely book by Anne Menke that does just that. 

Lola is in no way associated with any of the brands and shops mentioned.

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