It was my last trip to [decent department store] that did it. Camel, meet straw. I hit the designer section – I was looking for some silk or linen blouses. Being honest, I’d have accepted a nice rayon or a poly that was sufficiently high-quality. Was that what I found? No, it wasn’t. What I found was polyester – thick, scratchy polyester. If I wanted to wear sandpaper, I’d go to Lowe’s.
I grew up with that quality of polyester – I remember leaving it behind in the 80s. Nasty polyester was ‘so 70s’. But at least back in the day, you’d only find it in cheap clothing – low end department stores. Now, it’s everywhere. It’s the new standard. I can’t support this. Not if you know how to source better garments – and I do.
I have to come out of the closet on this…. we’re all going to have to learn to shop online. I know. I know. I KNOW. Who wants to deal with shipping and returning and credit cards and the whole rigamarole? No one. That’s who. No one.
None of my clients want to do this. I don’t want to do this for myself. However, the market has determined that if you want nice clothing, you’re going to have to shop outside the box (or in very high end stores). That means you’re going to have to shop in unexpected places, which include online retailers.
I would like nothing more than to take you out shopping – have a great day together, pile you high with beautiful garments, find your best lines, experiment, laugh, teach. I love doing this, and my clients have gotten an education from our time together. But unless we’re hitting Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks – or indie retailers at the same price-point – I can’t give you that. It’s not you. It’s not me. It’s what’s in stock.
So I’m switching gears – I’m going to work up a list of online retailers with good return policies that sell quality clothes. Send me your feedback – this is a project we can work on together.
Let’s start with a classic American brand – Pendleton USA. Sells classic wool clothes, decent return policy. Here’s a page of basic suit separates and a few wool dresses. https://www.pendleton-usa.com/women/womens-featured/seasonless-wool/
The downside to online shopping is that without a plan, you can end up buying things you have no need for, or messing with the returns endlessly because you picked something up on a whim. Want to *not* find yourself neck-deep in “oops” online shopping? You need a plan. Planning is where I come in – when you know yourself, and you know where you’re going, you’ll be able to get there with confidence.