I haven't poked around the Need Supply website in a long time because I've been making an effort to shop less in general, and that's a place I can always find something I like.
They carry a wide range of brands, some more ethical than others, some higher quality than others. I've had hits and misses. It's where I bought my Caron Callahan pants. It's also where I bought countless other items that arrived and were immediately returned due to weird fit and low quality. You tend to get what you pay for.
Well THANKS MICHELLE because your story about shopping there for a dress to wear to a wedding piqued my curiosity and I opened a new browser tab.
This bodysuit by Walk of Shame (haven't heard of this brand before, do you know anything about them?) immediately caught my eye.
Beige! drapey! Strong shoulders! All my favorites. As someone with a smaller chest, I like a plunging v-neck every now and then, especially in a fitted bodysuit that means it will stay put. I love the curved lines on the front of the suit and how the gathered material radiates out from there. The boxy shoulders are really cool and structured in a way I like.
But you know what I don't like? I don't like the back. It looks like a weird afterthought:
I think it would have been better if the back was reworked into a simpler, basic cut instead of this weird, vaguely swimwear-looking mess.
Also do not like: 70% viscose, 25% polyester, 5% elastane. Give this to me in stretch silk! Even a jersey modal! But what I reeeally don't like: $305.
Now, I looked more into Walk of Shame to see if there was a good reason for this price and found this article on Vogue. Honestly I didn't really learn anything besides it's Russian designer Andrey Artyomov. More googling doesn't reveal much either, and the official website is very bare bones. As far as I can tell, it's pricey because it's designer.
Oftentimes with an independent designer, you get background on where their items are actually made and in what fashion (on demand, etc), or even a rundown on the ethics and principals driving the brand. All I know is this was made in Russia. Ethically? I don't know.
Regardless, I'm not buying this because I don't have a $305 beige bodysuit on my want/need list, and I don't think I need to add it to that list either. I can't see getting the same wear out of this that I have out of my famously did-not-buy-but-actually-I-did-buy Lauren Manoogian sweater. It just doesn't have that practicality built in. I'm trying to avoid viscose and polyester in first-hand shopping so that doesn't help the case either.
For now I'll be admiring the hell out of this design. I still love the beautiful front! Maybe it will inspire me to create my own version at some point. Maybe I'll come across a similar item that makes more sense for my wardrobe.
What have you not bought lately?