Could you justify keeping an item simply because you're in love with the collar?
This was the question I asked myself after examining my latest online purchase, all with distinctive collar designs. After much mulling over, I concluded that I'm at that stage in my life where tissue paper thickness, static material and poor sewing just aren't cutting it anymore, no matter how cheap they are or how nice they look tucked under jumpers. I must say, I'm happy to reach that stage.
As the pictures suggest, with the amount of photoshop, color filter and styling these days, it has become so much harder to gauge the quality or feel or even the true color of a garment from pictures alone. I've made peace with the fact that what most people are really selling is the feeling, a lovely illusion. It takes a particularly sharp-eyed person to not get swayed by those dreamy, vintage style pictures with flowers / sun / bokeh / nature or flower field as the backdrop. That's excellent photography, a style I personally adore, but by no means is it accurate. I certainly don't want to end up with a blazer that could set me on fire or a floral dress that look like they were parts of someone's curtain once.
I have however, decided to keep this white mod style dress with black trims. The material is thick, fully lined and well sewn. Worn as a dress, it makes me feel like a politician's wife and since that's one look that I couldn't pull off, I will be wearing it as a shirt instead.
Verdict: Adorable designs aside, I can't recommend these for the fit or quality. I also learn that sheer white chiffon blouse isn't for me. I need opaque or at least, colored sheer.