When writing the "Back to Square 1 - the summary" I started to think how on earth I classified high street pieces as my essentials. These places are associated with "fast" fashion and trendy pieces. In retrospect, I had this equation in mind "essential pieces = investment pieces = designer pieces", which is totally wrong! Basically, essential pieces do not have to be investment pieces. Unless you have the budget, I cannot see why you would buy a $80 tee when there are quality tees for a quarter of that price, think Everlane, ASOS, Uniqlo and Zara. However, I believe that if you are buying investment pieces it is best to buy essential pieces. Confusing enough?
So why do most of my essential pieces have a label with the letters ZA R A? Why do I constantly browse the ASOS collection? Are those not the last places I would shop to buy basics since it is associated "fast" fashion. My answer (besides the fact I cannot spend all my money on clothing!) - the mass production and constant new looks associated with these places create a "fashion forward" and "trend" image. However, if you take the time and care to look at the material information, analyse the cut and tailoring and if possible try it on many essentials pieces can be found in these places and can become foundations of your wardrobe.
I invest in essentials when buying a "signature" piece, for example, an Equipment shirt or Acne sweaters and boots. More broadly, for modern tailoring/sporty edge pieces I look to Alexander Wang and for refinement, Carven & The Row. These are the pieces I'll probably cry over if a little tear appears, if it is dyed because I washed them with darker material clothing or even when they just get that little fleck of dirt!
And yes, the picture is there just because I love it and am sorry for such a long break between posting - had a busy week!