“It is better to have fewer things of quality than too much expendable junk.” -Rachel Zoe
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression–there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” -Marc Jacobs
One of the perks and greatest things about being a fashion forward individual is the inevitability of clothes shopping. Careening in between racks and stacks of various clothing, selecting which ones that would complement your skin tone and flatter your figure most is nothing short of exhilarating for those of us who have a strong affinity for fashion and a penchant for clothes. However, even our predilection for style needs a discerning eye–after all, how else would you know which sartorial items to splurge and save on? Even style connoisseurs and fashionistas are not proof to buying unnecessary clothing items that would only end up clogging up their closets. While this fashion affliction is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be when your clothing of choice are premier brands that do not see the light of day more than once a year. If you have particularly expensive tastes in clothes, it would be all for naught if you do not even get to use them as much anyhow or would find them outdated after a few rotations of use. The occasional splurge on a clothing item for one event may not be as damaging on the surface, but in order to get the best value for your buck, make sure it is something you can use again and again.
The key to having fashionable clothes you without depleting your financial resources is to be meticulous about which clothes you should be splurging on. It matters not whether you are routinely shopping for wholesale clothing or retail, if you have the right idea which sartorial items to indulge yourself in and which ones you should scrimp on, you will not only have a better closet but a healthier wallet as well.
You might be thinking, “Why would I spend so much money on something that stays concealed all day? What is the point?”. Well, the point here is that a good set of undergarments would make the best foundation of your clothes. If you invested in bras that fit and give you full support, form-fitting dresses and clothes would flatter you so much better without so much as showing a little bump here and there. Apart from that, bras would be something you wear every single day as they shape and make your clothing look even better. Lastly, as bras are something you should hand wash, you can assure yourself that it would last you a long time.
2.) TSHIRTS- SCRIMP
Fashionistas love variety–even if it means just different colors of basically the same articles of clothing. V-neck shirts? Fifteen of that in various colors and three shades of blue. Round Necks? Take seven of that. While the wide assortment of clothing looks excellent on the surface, you would not necessarily go all year long just wearing T-shirts of varying styles and colors (unless that is your style and is a personal statement). If you buy expensive T-shirts and if those are something you regularly wear, chances are you would wear them out easily. Buying a whole lot of them would not bode you well either seeing as you would not be wearing them every single day as we have stated above. Instead, the wisest alternative is to be smart when it comes to shopping for them. Prioritize comfort over style as T-shirts can easily be layered over. Choose soft cotton and bamboo ones which you can readily find in most stores.
3.) JEANS- SPLURGE
There is nothing more fulfilling than having an excellent pair of jeans that fits you well and would last you for years when it comes to fashion. If you find a pair that fits you well and accentuates your curves, buy it–even if it would cost you a bit more than necessary. After all, you can wear this pair forever so the exorbitant price tag is just a minor setback. Remember that when shopping for jeans, choose something classic and do not go for trends that might become obsolete after a number of years or so. Additionally, consider the quality of the fabric as it does matter and would really make a difference. Take note, a pricey pair of stylish jeans might hurt your pockets but it can timelessly elevate your style–no matter the fashion era.
4.) BLAZERS- SPLURGE
Blazers are incredibly versatile and are not solely used for corporate fashion. Considering that they can complete almost any outfit and give any ensemble an immediate touch of class with its addition, it would be wise to invest in an excellent blazer regardless of its price tag. Additionally, it would be hard to come across blazers that are of quality and are affordable. So, if your pockets permit it, get yourself one as it can be worn with practically anything in your wardrobe and would work whether you are at work or for a casual stroll.
5.) EVENING WEAR- SAVE
That long evening gown might look amazing on you, but is it really worth forking over thousands of dollars if you are just going to be wearing it for one night? Unless you are frequently attending formal events, do not go overboard when trying to find an appropriate garb. Choose something that is stylish but not as expensive and just complement it with accessories. Apart from that, a cocktail dress can drastically look different depending on how you accessorize and dress it up.
6.) WORK CLOTHES- SCRIMP
There is really no point in rotating the same number of pieces over and over again until you tire of them which is what would likely happen if you only invest in expensive office wear. Unless you are working at the very top of the corporate ladder, it is best to save on office and corporate wear. After all, it is a lot more fun to wear different and stylish affordable pieces than suffer through just a number of work outfits which would easily get old.
7.) ACCESSORIES- DEPENDS
This is a matter of personal choice, so it would depend on you. If you love changing up your look a bit more often than usual, it is best to invest in a lot of fabulous accessories that would not hurt your pocket. However, if you are satisfied with one statement necklace, a few bangles here and there, then maybe spending a little more on the classics would be more of your speed.
All in all, when it comes to choosing which sartorial items to splurge and save on, considering which ones would last you a lifetime, are of good quality, you would regularly use are key. Remember, you would not want buyer’s remorse on top of the regrets you will have from filling your closet with items you would barely use.