I love clothes. I’m not a fashionista-I don’t read Vogue, I don’t keep up with the latest fashion trends, and I probably wouldn’t pass a “What Not To Wear” wardrobe inspection, but I know what clothes I like. I have a fashion style that is my own, and when I’m wearing clothes that I feel good in, it can make a huge difference to my mood.
For people who are trying to save money on clothes, there are different schools of thought about saving money on clothes-buying. There are those who say that it’s better to buy inexpensive items and change them frequently, because you’ll most likely get tired of wearing the same thing all the time anyway. Then there are those who say it’s better to buy a few good, quality wardrobe basics that you’ll wear for years, and mix and match with less expensive accessories. Ultimately, you’re getting a better value for your money.
I would say I belong more to the first group, in that I can’t bring myself to spend too much on any one clothing item, even if I’ll wear it forever. One of my biggest financial weaknesses is that I’m likely to make a lot of little purchases and avoid big-ticket items–the price tags scare me off. But at the same time, I can’t stand the feel of low-quality clothes, especially shoes, and so I won’t just buy from any clothing store, just because they have a low price tag and I supposedly save money. It has to be well-made and a good value.
I have my go-to stores-H&M is my favorite-and will (frugally!) buy a few new pieces every season. After that, I tend to avoid clothing stores, so that I won’t be tempted to buy more. I also do a big closet overhaul when I change over seasonal clothing, and I’m pretty ruthless about donating things that I don’t wear regularly. Because we live in a tiny apartment, I already feel like clothes are overtaking our home, so the more I can get rid of, the better.
What about you? How does clothing fit into your budget? Do you keep things for the long-term, or do you clean out your closet on a regular basis?