Monday, 28 December 2009

Thought for the week - quality v quantity the 2009 top ten list

In November you all responded to my question of what top 5 quality items you would buy or desire. Of course most of you moaned that 5 is a tough call, however it did keep you focused and the result is a resounding top 10 list.

In no particular order this is the Make Do Style top 10 quality items as determined by you the readers (can you tell I'm missing X Factor!) from the items that got the most mentions.

1. A watch - the suggestions were Cartier, Tiffany tank, a gold Rolex and an Omega constellation
2. A bag - the brands cited were Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Mulberry to name a few
3. A scarf - Hermes and Louis Vuitton were mentioned
4. Pearl necklace
5. Beautiful jewellery - this included heirloom, diamond studs and a Wendy Brandes Empress Wu ring (forthcoming)
6. A beautiful or timeless coat - the list range from Max Mara, a shearling coat and a Margaret Howell Trench plus I'm adding a Moncler!
7. Great pair of shoes - Christian Louboutin, Prada and Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik all got a vote of confidence but Chanel ballet pumps and also a couple of boots were mentioned
8. A gorgeous dress - Roland Mouret, vintage Ossie Clark, a beautiful black cocktail dress got a mention
9. White shirt
10. Great pair of jeans

And the nearly there... a pair of black trousers, a pencil skirt, a Chanel suit and a cashmere sweater...


  1. Yup great list .. I very much agree with quality v quantity my only sales purchase being a pair of 7 for all mankind jeans.. saying that i have ..Oh god I dont know how many pairs of jeans .. but these are skinny cropped which I dont have and thought would be perfect for Summer :) excuse anyhow x

  2. I agree with the list. When I was about 15 and used to read Danielle Steel novels the heroine always had a good watch, a good pair of jeans and a black cashmere sweater!

  3. Yup, couldn't agree more and hopefully getting there slowly.

  4. Hi there-yes, a super list to aspire to, the one item I don't have is a watch-that works anyway!!

  5. Have you checked the Net-a-porter sale yet? they have a classic APC trench coat for sale

    always go for quality over quantity. Its so hard but since I have been on maternity leave and away from my stamping ground of W1 temptations. I have saved a bundle for the real good stuff that does last style wise. Good luck

  6. I agree with all of these! Quantity over quality - that's the way to go

  7. Great list, thanks for sharing. I am aspiring towards quite a few of the items on this list. Sure I'll be there one day. Perhaps anyhow!

  8. I'm outraged that the cashmere sweater didn't make the cut :-) Seriously, though! Otherwise, very good list.

  9. I better get moving on that ring. Yay for Mouret and Ossie.

  10. Fab list, especially #s 1 & 6!


  11. Hunter Wellington Boots!

    cometh the day, cometh the boots. I would have been unable to cross the door these last ten days without them. Cheaper boots just don't cut the wellie mustard.

    Queen Marie

  12. This list will be printed out and placed in my wallet. I love looking stylish, yet often worry I look a disaster.

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