Okay, I’m going to be honest. Not only am I somewhat of a mild cheapskate, but I’m also very, very practical. If you looked through my closet (which isn’t really a closet, it’s a giant clothing rack in the middle of my room), you will not find a single piece that’s worth more than $60 itself. And I only say $60 because I have a few pairs of jeans that are around that price; however, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $25 on a shirt. If I see something that I like that’s more than that, I will quite literally wait until it goes on sale before I even consider buying it.
With that out of the way, I can now explain my thought process behind this. The majority of my wardrobe happens to be staples; staples, if you didn’t know, are your basics – solid colored shirts, tanks, jeans, etc – things that you can pair well with other things. For example, let’s say you pull out a white v-neck and think, “Hey, I think I want to wear this today.” If you have any kind of interest in fashion at all, then you most likely won’t throw that on by itself and head out the door. No, you’re going to want to add maybe a jacket, some jewelry, and if you’re feeling particularly snazzy that day, maybe even a scarf. Those things by themselves are considered staples, because you could put them in other outfits and they’ll still work. Every person should have a pretty large assortment of staples – v-necks, as mentioned, tees, cardigans, jackets, jeans, jewelry, etc. And once those are out of the way, you can opt for some more expensive items that you won’t wear as often.
It makes absolutely no sense to me when people, and by people I specifically mean others my age, drop $50 on every shirt they own when I know they’re only going to wear it once before they go out and replace it with another $50 shirt. Of course, if you can afford that, then go right ahead, but I for one am a teenager whose parents would refuse to spend that much on me, and my part-time job wouldn’t ever be able to support that way of shopping.
So those are my thoughts. I do enjoy buying something fancy on occasion, of course, I just don’t think that my entire wardrobe should be made up of items I’m going to grow out of in a year or so. And one day, if I’m living in New York as a fashion designer when what I’m wearing is exceptionally more important, this will probably change. Until then, the local mall will just have to suffice.