For anyone who gets ‘attached’ to their favourite garments as I do, and cannot bear the thought of them becoming worn or – heaven forbid! – unravelling, getting excellent quality clothing is a good idea, and much less wasteful than buying numerous garments, none of which make you happy. (We’ve all had a garment do that to us at one stage, yes? Sitting on public transport and suddenly noticing a seam on our arm is loosening, or worse, a strap of our dress has decided to remove itself from the bodice? Infuriating!) I have learnt that this can be overcome by investing in good wardrobes staples, things that can wash and wear, and letting myself have select pieces that are truly lavish, and rather cleverly designed. I have two very special Vanyanís corsets and I initially did not foresee just how much wear I would get from them. [They have] become the corsets that I wear for special events: weddings, special birthdays and anniversaries.