Quality Over Quantity1:12 PM
Ever since the process of FLCO began, there has been a deep meaning to quality for me. For years I was a compulsive, fast-fashion buyer. I shopped a lot and I shopped cheap. The problem with that in my eyes... the pieces were basically disposable to me. I'd wear something a few times (sometimes even once) and be over it- then off to a consignment store or instagram closet shop acct it'd go. That's just not something that I wanted for FLCO customers. I wanted to sell pieces that someone would want/be able to keep for years. Plus, there's just something so special about knowing where you garment came from and who made it to me... makes me proud to wear it! That mission not only became the shop's but a goal for my personal closet as well!
My closet is mostly made up of FLCO items now, because hey... I buy what I like for the shop and I am undeniably the best (and cheapest) marketing tool. I feel at my best in a neutral color palette and a simple design that I can dress up or down with simply a cute shoe and delicate jewelry. I don't bother with prints these days because I will inevitably get sick of them. Some of my favorites: Miranda Bennett (recently stocking at FLCO) and Elizabeth Suzann... seriously love her timeless pieces. I also like shopping at Madewell, but it's one of those stores I have to be careful at because it's easy to want to impulse shop. I stick to the high rise + kick out jeans because they fit me perfectly + basics and pretty tops here and there.
Avoiding the mall has really helped my savings + keep my closet at bay with only key, staple pieces I will wear over and over again. David always says to me "buy it nice, or buy it twice." Which is so, so true. I've really been enjoying being able to wash my clothes without fear of them falling apart, haha!
My favorite way to save money has been creating a secret Pinterest board for all my wanted items. Sometimes I purchase the piece down the road, or sometimes I get rid of the pin when I no longer think I can really make use out of it. Here's a little snapshot of what it looks like right now (& to say this is all that's on my wish-list currently is a huge accomplishment in itself!) Some of these items have been on here for 6+ months & a few are bigger investments pieces that I really need to save for (hello, West Elm dresser). I've found this approach the most effective way for me to only buy what I really want... and if I find something outside of the board, it's nice to refer to and decide "is this worth buying over saving for the dresser??"