How I apply the saying ‘quality over quantity’ to my closet

A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles
A girl wearing a black halter neck black jumpsuit from Zara and neutral heels standing in front of Tempe House Sydney. Formal dresses, event wear, black jumpsuits, quality over quantity, conscious consumer, fewer better, buy well, minimalist wardrobe principles

“Quality over quantity”. It’s a term thrown around so often these days. 

I’m sure we can all agree that the sentiment behind this popular saying is to value fewer pieces but make sure that the ones we buy add value to our lives. However, beneficial as these sayings are, they can be phrased as lofty ideals, as opposed to steps which can be practically implemented into our lives and wardrobes. Perhaps the reason for this is because there is no one size fits all approach. This concept will look different for all of us, as we all have different taste preferences, values, requirements. However, for me, when applying this saying to my wardrobe and purchases it generally means thinking about:

1. How well is the garment made – How well does it fit? Does the fabric and stitching feel flimsy or well made? 

2. Whether it’s design is timeless or trend driven – is it a piece that I’ll be able to wear for years to come, or will it look out of place once this trend is over?

3. Versatility – Does it work for my everyday life? Where does this piece fit within my overall wardrobe?

4. Buying quality pieces and taking the price per wear of an item into consideration while still working within the constrains of my budget. 

5. Being considered about what I buy and why – taking time to think through my purchases rather than impulse buying or buying “just because” it’s on sale.

6. Asking myself whether I really love this piece – does it really speak to me for some articulate or inarticulate reason and add value to my life?

What does “quality over quantity” mean for you?

Wearing: A black Zara Jumpsuit (bought 2017) (similar here and here); Country Road heels (bought 2020) (similar here)

Photos: Sara Eshu

August 1, 2021

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