Dion Lee for Cue leather shirt - Alexander Wang heels

Sportsgirl cap | Gathering Eye studded necklace (gift) | Dion Lee x Cue leather shirt | Alice in the Eve shorts (gift) | Alexander Wang 'Petra' shoes | Lacoste GOA watch (gift)

Sportsgirl cap | Gathering Eye studded necklace (gift) | Dion Lee x Cue leather shirt | Alice in the Eve shorts (gift) | Alexander Wang 'Petra' shoes | Lacoste GOA watch (gift)

Sportsgirl cap | Gathering Eye studded necklace (gift) | Dion Lee x Cue leather shirt

Sportsgirl cap | Gathering Eye studded necklace (gift) | Dion Lee x Cue leather shirt

When I drop a week's spending money on a designer piece, it has to be something that will go the distance. The piece has to mesh well with the rest of my wardrobe, the cut can't be anything less than perfect, and it absolutely cannot be super trendy. (I shiver at the thought of someone seeing my outfit and instantly identifying what year and collection it was from! That's not my style.)

This Dion Lee x Cue shirt was one of the first items I ever bought with a designer price tag, and in the two years I've had it, it's become a wardrobe staple. The same can be said for the Alexander Wang trotters above, although I've had them a much shorter time.

Essentially, I've learnt a lesson in the past couple of years that was ignited by a conversation I had with a friend about curating his wardrobe. (He had just written a really interesting article  on the topic.) If you haven't clicked through already, it's basically about buying less crap and buying fewer, higher quality things. I'm finding that I'm actually saving money because I'm not making impulse purchases, and the things I do buy I love for years.

Try curating your purchases and see if you save money and mature your style. In the process, you'll also be supporting the heart of the fashion industry: its young designers.

Chanelle x

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