I was at a party a few weeks ago, and as I am want to do, I was encouraging more of my friends to read my blog. I'm an attention-whore and need the constant love.
So, I was describing what my blog was about to one lovely individual, when she said to me the words that many women and fashion magazine say. Bear with me as I paraphrase:
"I buy more expensive, classic, well-made items that last forever - which saves you more money than buying a bunch of cheap stuff."
Yeah, this is a nice theory, but in reality it doesn't always play out. Three reasons why:
1. You don't have to spend a ton of money on the classics if you shop frugally. Many of my cheapo finds are extreme mark-downs (75% off anyone?) or bought at a consignment shop. True testimony to the quality of an item? It's already made it through one owner and is more than ready to take on a second.
2. Sorry, classic = aging. Yes, I know, not ALL the time, but it DOES happen. Not that I want you running around in mini-skirts, but take a hard look at your wordrobe. Just because it still fits and is well-made doesn't mean you should still wear it. Pants styles change, shirt styles change, shoulder pads come in and out of fashion. Make sure your classic doesn't make you look like a golden oldie.
3. In women's fashion, more expensive doesn't necessarily mean better made. For example, I have a turtleneck sweater from The Limited, and one from Walmart. They both developed holes at the neckline within one year. But guess which one cost $40, and which cost $9? Yup, you are correct.
I pointed this out to another friend, and she mentioned that the turtlenecks from Land's End last forever. See number 2 for my thoughts on that. And I refuse to spend more than $50 on a sweater, even if it's cashmere. IT'S A SWEATER. Not shoes, not kicky knee-high boots - what is the point then, I ask you???
I am all for buying quality that lasts. But don't think that quality equals stylish, and expensive equals quality. I say, buy what you want. Rules be damned! Throw your shopping caution to the wind! Step into a Walmart and buy a $9 ribbed turtleneck sweater. The holes in the neck are easy to fix.
Cheapo Find: $9.00 ribbed turtlenecks from Walmart. 100% cotton, tons of normal colors, and they don't pill or fade. Nice.