Ruth Writes is a 30-something Liverpool based blog covering mid-size fashion, pescatarian food and beauty.
This weekend was one of those rare ones were you have no plans so you can just do whatever you want and so on Saturday I took myself into town to have a mooch. I seem to do the majority of my shopping online these days that I havent had a proper look around the shops in a while. I was in the mood to shop but not overly shop loads, which takes me to the point of this post. I visited the usuals on my hitlist- Topshop, River Island, H+M and the holy grail of cheapess, Primark. But two things struck me on my way round. One- I found myself in shock at the cost of certain things and two- there were things that I liked but couldn’t justify buying. What have I become?!
Let me explain. I’m still a fan of Primark but the quality just puts me off. They have a selection of dresses for a fiver. 12 months ago I would have snapped them up, but the quality was just dreadful and I thought why spend a fiver on a dress I don’t need when I can put that towards a dress/coat/jumper (delete as applicable) I’ve had my eye on. And then we had the other end of the spectrum- the downright over-priced clothes you see on the high street. I pretty much fell in love with a dress I spied in Toppers but couldn’t justify the £40 price tag.
So, with that all said I think I’m turning into my mother. No wait, let me explain. She always harps on about ‘fast fashion’ and how it can be so much cheaper to grab a bargain in the Supermarket, and I think I’m starting to agree.
George @ Asda has some great pieces, the G21 range is so on-trend and so so cheap, but not cheap quality. And I keep seeing F+F from Tesco crop up in my weekly mags. Gok Wan has his range at Sainsburys and I read recently that Morrisons is set to launch its first clothing range later this year. With fashion trends never dying and the competition hotting up, I’m learning I don’t need to break the bank to buy good quality fashion. And let’s face it, its soo much easier to chuck a new dress in the trolley whilst doing the weekly big shop!