My New Outlook on Shopping

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI have recently came to the conclusion that shopping is something that I love but never actually thought about. For the past few years, my clothing collection has definitely grown but also decreased in a way. My favorite shops have always been Forever 21 and H&M due to the insanely inexpensive (I think we can use the word “cheap” here) clothing they offer. Looking through my closet the other day really made me realize what I could actually be putting my money towards. I have recently started shopping at Zara and the clothing I am purchasing has been my most worn clothing. However, Zara does cost about 3x the price, the quality is superb. I am going to start thinking about quality when I shop and observe every piece of clothing. I always had my mind set on quantity over quality but I have flipped completely.

This post sounds a bit odd but I wanted to share. I went shopping yesterday and loved a few things at Forever 21 but when I actually observed the pieces, I knew they would not hold up or loose shape after washing. I did however pick up the shirt above after checking out the stitching and further looking at the cut of the fabric (Which direction was it cut as this effects how it washes and the outcome). I am so pleased to have washed this shirt this morning and find out it looked exactly like new. I have many pieces I wash and the side seams twist around to the front due to the cut of the fabric. Next time you go shopping, take a look at the pieces before grabbing your size and throwing it in the cart. I use to do this…. not anymore.

I think fashion school did this to me. (lol) xoxo


  1. Sheri Hartley
    February 2, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Great post but since I do not sew, I would have no idea of what to look for when Im purchasing clothes. Maybe you could enlighten us on what exactly to check on pieces of clothing to make sure they are well made. I too have had shirts with seams that after washing, ended up on the front of the shirt!! Threw them in the rag bin! Thanks Drew. Enjoy your posts and the monthly stamp sets!!

    • Drew Scott
      February 2, 2014 / 8:03 pm

      This is a great idea! I will have to get to it 🙂
      xoxo Drew

  2. Kathleen
    February 3, 2014 / 1:35 am

    I had about the same “epiphany” in summer last year! I always shopped at places like H&M and sometimes Primark, when I was actually wanting stuff from Zara/Mango… but didn’t want to spend that much money. BUT last year I realised that after only a few months I didn’t like the things I bought anymore because, well, they weren’t really what I wanted in the first place or they already looked like they were much worn. Then in November when we were in Spain I decided to really buy what I liked and just gave it a go. In those 10 days I’ve spent more money on clothing than I probably had the whole year before but I absolutely LOVE all the pieces I bought, I wear them all the time and they are of a much better quality. I don’t regret one single penny I’ve spent on those clothes (and Zara is so much cheaper – well, less expensive – in Spain than it is in the rest of Europe, so I just had to take advantage of that!).
    So.. long story short: I completely agree with you and I am so much happier with my new “outlook” on shopping and spending money on clothes!
    xo, Kathleen

  3. February 3, 2014 / 10:25 am

    It sucks because in Tunisia it’s too expensive commpared to your salary so most of Tunisians shop from Thrift Shops and other “cheap” stores! But What other “expensive” shops offer is such a great thing but sometimes the quality isn’t that good in ZARA ( Tunisia )
    Love xoxox

  4. delana
    February 3, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Wow, great advice, I’ll do that next time thanks Drew