With the continual passing trends of fashion, it’s easy to find ourselves in the trap of buying and wearing the latest pieces featured on the runway. It’s hard to pass up the funky jumpsuits, thigh-high suede boots, and fedoras that are extremely popular in today’s market. However, can you imagine yourself wearing these pieces in 10 years? How about 5? What about in 2 years? Chances are, these passing trends will be gone before we’ve even reached next season.
It’s important to consider this when you’re shopping and making expensive clothing purchases. When you’re on the hunt to expand your wardrobe, consider pieces that will withstand the test of time both in style and in quality. Start to look at your clothing purchases as investments as opposed to an indulgence.
Here are a few good reasons your clothes should be classic, yet diverse, and perhaps even more expensive:
GOOD QUALITY CLOTHES LAST LONGER
Designers create high-quality clothing with the intent of them lasting a long time. Thus, investing in quality pieces for your wardrobe will ensure an increased lifespan of your clothing. Designers put a lot of thought into each piece they produce. They may use high-end fabrics as well as smaller stitching patterns to make sure each piece holds together over time.
Additionally, while each piece may be more of an investment upfront, it’s important to consider how often you plan to wear the piece in comparison to the price you paid. For example, let’s say last year you bought a sweater for $25 but only wore it twice before it got a hole in the dryer. You also purchased a $200 sweater and have worn it every week since. The cost per use on the $200 sweater is about $3.85 (200/52), while the cost per use on the $25 sweater is $12.50 (25/2). Therefore, the high-end item is a better investment since you’re continuing to get use out of it.
IT’S EASIER TO MIX AND MATCH CLASSIC PIECES
You should purchase classic pieces as opposed to buying costly trendy additions to your closet. By purchasing classic pieces, you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe seamlessly. For example, it may be more challenging to mix and match a $400 pair of bright green velvet pants as opposed to matching a pair of black ones.
So, when selecting pieces for your wardrobe, choose the basics that you can match with a variety of items in your closet. Choosing basic pieces will help you simplify your wardrobe and make it easier to match different items with pieces you already have in your closet.
HIGH-QUALITY CLOTHES FIT BETTER
Have you ever noticed that high-quality clothes fit better and feel better? For starters, quality clothes fit your body well by design. Everything from the stitching to the cut seems to be well-considered and meticulously completed. Since designers charge more on these pieces, they spend more time creating each piece with the buyer in mind. Not only does the final product fit better but you feel more confident by wearing clothes that flatter you and lay appropriately on your body.
Additionally, the fabrics that designers use tend to be more comfortable. Less-expensive materials, such as synthetic fibers, tend to breathe less or may even leave you feeling itchy. On the other hand, fabrics such as cashmere are more comfortable and appeal to more luxurious taste. So, if you’re spending more money on clothes, wouldn’t it make sense that you would want to wear quality pieces every day?
YOUR IMPULSE PURCHASES MAY DWINDLE
When you buy cheap clothing, it’s easy to get carried away with impulse purchases. You think since you spent a small amount here and there, it won’t impact your wallet. But spending like this does add up. However, it’s harder to justify additional purchases when you spend your money on quality pieces, like a $200 pair of jeans.
Since you’re spending more time researching the clothing items you purchase, you may think twice before making an impulse purchase.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Adding staple, classic pieces to your wardrobe is the best way to assure you’re creating long-standing options to your clothing selections. These pieces withstand the test of time, never going out of style, despite the trends of the latest season. Spending more on these staple pieces ensures their durability, fit, and comfort.
It will also give you a sense of pride in the pieces you wear on a day-to-day basis. Forgo falling into the trap of paying top dollar for the latest trends and opt to purchase high-value pieces that you can wear for years to come. You’ll be glad you did.