Where do you get your "buy it for life" clothes?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My favorite stores at the Gap, Loft, and Piperlime. Sometimes I also score cute tops at H&M. Basically all my jeans are from the Loft-I love their modern skinnies, super skinnies, and relaxed skinny jeans. Their Lou & Grey line is my absolute faaave…they can be expensive, but they always, always, always have like 40% off sales and I just go bananas 😉

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t typically buy clothes with the idea to “keep them for life”….clothes get old, and more importantly, styles change. 

If I am looking for high quality clothes, I go to department stores usually. They have a wide variety and a range of high quality brands (ie Macys) 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

somanyletters:  it would help if we knew what store so we don’t suggest that and embarrass ourselves :p Which one did you used to love?

My forever pieces come from Banana Republic, Gap, JCrew, and Ann Taylor.

Back before I worked there, WH|BM was good quality but since being bought by another company they have declined. I worked there for about 6 months in 2010. The clothing would fall apart within 3-4 times of someone trying it on. Poor fabrics. Just really disappointing.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  TheAnonyMouse.
Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Most of my every day clothes are from J Crew! They have lots of timeless items, but also very on point trendy Pieces as well. I like BCBG too they have a lot of very classic dresses and suiting that withstands multiple seasons. But like pp said, fashion changes so I don’t really buy anything thinking it will last for a lifetime And clothes wear out if you wear/wash them enough. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Yeah, I really have to laugh at the idea of “buy it for life” clothing.  Clothing gets worn out.  There’s nothing I’ve owned that I’ve been able to keep in pristine condition for my whole life (unless I don’t ever wear it and it just hangs in the closet with the tags still on).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Piperlime is awesome! Their sales are the time to buy…I’d say they run the same as J.Crew & Loft.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t know about ‘buy it for life’.. Even if the item is a classic, it will get worn out over time.

I like J Crew and Banana Republic for every day, work clothes. For classic pieces that I’ll have for a long time.. I stick to Holt Renfrew because they have a good assortment of brands and the quality is there. I also enjoy TNT, but its a Toronto- specific shop so not much help.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My favorite store by far is banana republic, but I also love Gap, J. Crew and Nordstrom.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

somanyletters:  I never buy clothes “for life”. They go out of style after so long.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

somanyletters:  I can tell you, as I used to work in the fashion industry, that most items of clothing are not meant to last for a long time, usually a year is an acceptable period. It also depends what your buying, different fabrics like the softer thinner ones, will absolutly get holes in them pretty fast. Your best bet for items you wear the heck out of is to buy moderate priced items say like dress pants at express that you are ok with replacing every few years, or to buy really high end which will last a little longer. I hate to say it but you get what you pay for. Unfortunately in the world of fashion j crew and banana type stores aren’t really considered super high end, even though their clothing is “pricy” to the average consumer. I personally shop based on style, sometimes quality comes into play with that and sometimes it doesn’t. 

ps: it totally sucks when a favorite item wears out, but that what tailors are for! 🙂 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  BWLE.
Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

somanyletters:  Ok I get most of my work clothes at Banana Republic and J Crew. I have to shop in the petite sections for pants, dresses and skirts. Their clothes are good quality and each of these store have sales non-stop. BR has had a 40% off sale going the entire week and their sale stuff is often 50% off all the time. They add new items to their sale rack on an almost daily basis so each time I go in there I have a good chance of getting an excellent deal on items I have been eyeing. JCrew works exactly the same.  

For example, over the weekend I popped into JCrew and they had 50% off all sale items. Lo and behold the $215 blazer I had been eyeing for a month was marked down to $120, which means I got it for about $60. I didn’t go in looking for a blazer but the deal was too good to pass up! Excellent quality item that I’ll wear for years. And just today on my lunch break I got a silk tank and linen rayon cardigan for almost half price at Banana Republic. I have found I get the most bang for my buck at these two stores.

When it comes to jeans I only buy designer, usually from whatever store is selling them locally. I also buy designer jeans online but only after I have already tried them on in store and know that the style looks good and the exact size I need. I try to wait for online sales from places like Revolve Clothing or Singer22 and I’ll order then.

I won’t do business with Piperlime EVER because they screw Canadian customers by sending you a 20% off coupon code for signing up with just one catch…the coupon code does not apply to international orders!!!!!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  sillysillybee.
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