I didn't, until about a year ago, almost ever buy independent designer items, much as I've long admired them. I got to a point where buying a pair of really beautiful green suede rachel comey boots was permissible, and from there lost some of my usual filter. I'm not really ok in general with $400 for pants. I've got a new (old) approach, please hold me to it:
● back to wearing mostly vintage- I've been finding vintage clothing recently that I'm really happy with for myself. I've noticed, looking down at my recent ensembles, that I'm primarily doing this already..
● sweaters & shawls- handmade or vintage only
● shoes- these can be dieppa restrepo, rachel comey, etc. I think its worth spending here, as I walk a lot & need decent footwear. and I just can't make myself wear new balance tennis shoes, soo.. there it is.