in my last post on the quality issue, a number of readers chimed in with questions and thoughts for further discussion. it seems that a follow-up (or several) is in order. in a marketplace seemingly littered with more misses than hits, which stores/brands stand out for quality, stylish pieces?
COS - aka 'The Row for the rest of us'. great selection of work-appropriate essentials. the clean tailoring and minimal silhouettes mean purchases go far in terms of timelessness and multi-seasonal versatility. fine detail finishes + a lot of natural fabrications (and luxe bonuses like full cotton linings on jackets and coats) are a revelation in the increasingly polyester and acetate-dominated marketplace. and they now have e-comm and a NYC store! for once, a highly-anticipated European chain debuting in NYC that actually lives up to the hype.
H&M - the big sister to COS may have a fast-fashion rep, but H&M actually makes some excellent basics and unique/colorful/statement pieces. i loved their latest Conscious Exclusive collection filled with dreamy prints and ethereal linen-silk. sizing runs quite true, which is immensely helpful. in general i've found that pieces (like the Yohji-esque sweatpants from last year) wash and wear well.
Everlane - great go-to for basics like cotton tees and everyday silks at a very friendly price. for anyone looking to build or re-build an edited wardrobe, this is a great place to start. (some of my reviews on everlane here, here and here.)
ASOS - excellent source for the occasional, 'non-everyday' purchases (ie: the house label makes surprisingly luxe faux fur pieces and there is always a huge selection of inexpensive, glamorous party dresses). my favorite faux leopard/vintage 1960s-inspired coat was a lucky ASOS sale find.
Madewell - i have a favorite chambray shirt (now discontinued, alas!) and the high riser skinnies, and after about 2+ years the jeans and shirt have held up nicely to regular wash and wear. the selection skews 'weekend', and in recent seasons the aesthetic seems to have evolved towards a cleaner, slightly French vibe.
i hope this is helpful for those of you who participated in the earlier discussion, and/or are looking for a take on what's still good these days.
what do you think? what has been your recent experience with shopping for quality wardrobe pieces?
p.s.: more style notes here.