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Style Files | How important is quality?

The last time I came home after a voracious shopping spree with a handful of bags was years ago. It all started during sale season when I couldn't take my eyes off a tulle skirt. At the second store, it was a printed dress. At the third, it was a denim jacket. I then sat down to dinner with a victory pizza to celebrate my tiring evening of pointless spending. Since then, I've come a long way. I resist impulse purchases, I don't throw money at sales and most importantly, I care much more about quality. I know, I know; the girl with the handful of bags had an epiphany and changed her approach to fashion completely—it sounds like something Rebecca Bloomwood would do. But it didn't happen overnight and it definitely wasn't easy.

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Like many others, the constant cycle of sale season, fashion month and 'I-need-new-clothes-for-this-meeting' meant buying a new bodycon skirt or dress without any reason, thought or need. Regardless if the stitches came loose or the print faded in a couple of washes, I kept going back for more (and I wasn't even a shopaholic!). Being part of the fashion and beauty sphere didn't make it any easier. Constantly scrolling through Instagram, experimenting with new trends on Style File or following what's in vogue made me want to be a part of it too. When millennial pink hit the headlines, I wanted a pair of culottes in that shade. When Gigi Hadid made the news, I wanted the varsity jacket she was spotted in. Consumerism hit me from every side—the internet, the papers and the streets. That's when I knew I needed an overhaul, stat.


The change began with a quote—'Buy things you see yourself wearing forever.' It switched on a light in my head. I retraced all the clothes, shoes and junk jewellery I had bought in the past couple of years. Would I really wear the asymmetrical skirt and neon clutch after they faded from the trend spotlight? Probably not. Was it sensible to buy a cardigan half off to find its colour fade by itself in my closet? Not really. It struck me that all my purchases meant nothing if they didn't last. If you thought regret was bad when you didn't buy what you wanted, it's infinitely worse when you do buy it and realise it's a hasty decision made in the fear of losing out.

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That's when I realised how important quality was. Quality in fashion meant my clothing, accessories and jewellery would be of higher quality materials and sit gently on my skin. They wouldn't fade, crinkle or pill in a wash or two. They wouldn't lose shape, have their handles break or their fabric peel when the weather got humid. Yes, quality products tend to be more expensive, difficult to find and care for but in the long run, they are smarter, more economical purchases. Especially during sale season, I still get pangs to pick up a trendy top or a frivolous skirt. Like a balanced diet, I do occasionally allow myself a taste of the cheat clothing. But when I think about the quality I strive for, the smart choices I've made so far and that striking quote, most items always go back on the rack.

That's when I knew it wasn't just my personal style that needed quality, it was the rest of my life too. That meant 8 blissful hours of sleep every night, a daily workout that got my heart pumping and a nutritious meals that kept me full through the day. For a more happy, productive and fulfilling life, all I needed was quality. Imagine that—being completely happy and wearing high quality threads, now that's a good life.

xo
Dayle

Personal Style | Midday musings

For ages, I never understood where I fit on the scale of hourly appreciation. I had attempted to become a night owl many times but failed spectacularly when; by 4am, all I could feel was a mix of numbness and sleep deprivation. Neither was I a morning bird because even all the coffee in the world couldn't shake off the 3pm sluggishness. After feeling like a misfit for far too long, I decided to write myself off as an afternoon person. Yes, it is a thing. We, midday lovers, enjoy the sunshine, warm breeze and tea breaks. You know, the best things about the afternoon.

Since then, I've altered my stance a bit. Some days, I do rise with the sun and enjoy the incredible quietness that only the early morning can bring. Other days late nights even turn into early mornings; like this one time, when a rooster began crowing just as I was hitting the hay. Through it all, I still found my peace in the middle of the day. I loved everything about it—grabbing post lunch ice-cream, finding thoughts flow out of my fingers instead of an afternoon lull and going on sunny drives. Even if I ever lean towards being a morning person or a night time lover, I know that the middle of the day is where the magic happens.

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

Melange bell sleeve blouse | Warehouse short dungarees | Forever 21 clogs | Topshop hand cuff | Silver earrings | DIY head scarf | Miss Bennett backpack | Look beauty 'Rose Riot' lip gloss | Essie 'We're all in this together' nail varnish

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look



An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

An image of a fashion blogger wearing an outfit of a rose pink blouse with bell sleeves, black dungaree overalls, head scarf, clogs and a pink makeup look

One such sultry afternoon, I decided to embrace everything I loved about midday and run with it. I'm talking flowing yet defined silhouettes, tousled waves and sunshine aplenty—an overall gypsy-esque aesthetic. Headlining the outfit is, the season's hottest trend i.e dramatic sleeves. Balancing the billowy top are fitted dungarees and clunky clogs. Giving it that final touch is a knotted head scarf, hand chain, rosy eye makeup and poppy lips. Set on a backdrop that's right out of the garden of Eden, it's the visual embodiment of my midday adoration. Safe to say it's only getting deeper.

xo
Dayle

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