I’m a huge fan of personal finance blog WiseBread. I started following the site just for the freebie alerts, but was sucked in by their “life hack” articles, which philosophize about frugality and simple living. Their latest post (Spend or Save: The Fashion Edition) intrigued/horrified me:
Clothes shopping. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to do it…The good news is, shopping for clothes doesn’t have to be painful
Really? I wasn’t aware.
Despite the introduction, I agree with most of the advice: buy quality shoes, camisoles, etc., regardless of the cost. Don’t waste money on white basics (especially if you have well water!). But this bit of advice truly is priceless, and reflects of Avant Gaudy’s fashion philosophy:
If you’re only going to be able to wear it for a season or two, it’s not worth the big bucks. Worth purchasing? Probably, especially if you really love it. But not worth the same amount as something you’ll wear year after year.
Why spend tons of money on trendy clothes when you can invest in a timeless, well-made piece? Vintage pieces are often reminiscent of current trends, but let your own sense of style shine through. The time and effort that went into making most vintage pieces is evident: richer colors, secure stitches, and sturdy fabric ensure that each item is an investment in every sense of the word. Even the most frugal fashionista will have a hard time denying the emotional investment and history that accompanies a vintage piece.
Feel free to discuss how fashion and finances intersect in the comments.