Ivy League

For quite some time, I really fell into the trap that is fast fashion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, fast fashion refers to apparel that is made for a very low cost then sold to consumers for a low cost as well. Companies like Forever 21 and Zara are great examples of fast fashion. Producing clothing for such a low cost leads these companies to skimp on quality of fabric and construction processes. Getting an on-trend top for $20 full price seems amazing in the moment but when the seams start ripping and the buttons fall off after 2-3 wears, is it really worth it? 

Since I'm a college kid on a budget, I obviously haven't been shopping for $300 articles of clothing, but I have been trying to shift towards shopping the sale selection of a higher price point. Yes, it's a lot harder, more time consuming and frustrating to shop the sale section. However, I feel much more satisfied knowing I've purchased a quality piece of clothing for a reasonable price that will last a long time rather than something cheap that will last only a few wears. 

There are many pieces in this outfit post that serve as great examples of quality over quantity! Brooks Brothers recently sent me this gorgeous bouclée jacket from their Red Fleece collection and the craftsmanship and detail are impeccable. I know that the timeless style and the quality of the jacket will make it wearable for years to come. Another example is my turtleneck from Madewell. Paying nearly $50 for a pretty basic turtleneck seems somewhat absurd, but the details in the top add such a unique touch and it's a staple piece that matches an endless amount of outfits! In addition, these Ray-Ban's were about $150, but they were one of the best investments ever. I love investing in pieces, like sunglasses, that are worn on an everyday basis. The cheap ones break and wear out so quickly! As summer approaches, I'm planning on investing in an Illesteva pair.

What are your favorite piece you've invested in? Let me know in the comments! 

Jacket: Brooks Brothers | Top: Madewell (similar) | Skirt: Nasty Gal | Shoes: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


  1. Loving this look Kate! Definitely a Blair Waldorf look!

  2. I think this might be my favorite outfit that you've ever posted about! I totally get where you're coming from with all the fast fashion, I often find myself tempted as well!

  3. I totally feel you! Being a college kid or for me a recent grad new cheap clothes is always fun, but I would so much rather have something that is going to last. I'm constantly scowering the sale section of J Crew and Nordstrom. I'll have to add Brooks Brothers to my list.


  4. Kate, I love how you add sass and prep! Love this look xx
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