It is not a secret that more expensive clothing tends to look, feel, and fit better than its cheaper counterpart. This vast difference happens because of a few factors: materials involved, craftsmanship levels, designs, and styles. Not all of us can afford to buy expensive things but having a few exceptional quality items is essential. I will share with you a few tips I use when updating my closet with more beautiful/expensive things.
Expensive and good quality do not necessarily mean the same thing. Sometimes expensive clothing is costly because it carries a fancy well-known brand name. And it could be that these expensive clothes are not well made/designed. Other quality pieces, on the other hand, might not have a well-recognized brand name but are made from amazing materials, fit perfectly, and built to last. Staying vigilant and paying attention to a few things will help you buy expensive items that worth your money.
First of all, do not shop well-known brands like Dior, Channel, Lou Vitton, etc. (unless you have a giant shopping budget). All their items have a high markup because of the name recognition and status. As much as I would love to have Channel bag, I think it is unreasonable to spend that much money on a single handbag given my budget constraints.
Second, stick to basics in neutral colors that do not hit the trends. Why? Because we want these pieces to last you a few years to justify a high price tag. The items I would get are a basic grey sweater, a great pair of blue jeans, a white shirt and t-shirt, winter jacket, and LBD. Seriously, invest in these items, and you will see considerable improvements in your looks.
Third, pay attention to the end of season sales. These are critical in helping you get the most out of your budget. I pay close attention to the end of season sales to acquire a fabulous coat, chic blazer, or Italian sandals/boots. And do not ever pass sales racks; there are treasures to be found.
Fourth, check clothing tags to review the materials' properties. Things that you want are organic cotton, linen, wool, silk, and hemp. These feel great against your skin, look better, reduce environmental impact, and last longer - justifying their price tags. Polyester and other synthetic materials will look cheap, cling to all the wrong places, and won't last as long - don't waste your money.
Fifth, do not settle. If an item does not entirely fit, that means it is not for you. You might love that gorgeous dress on a mannequin, but if a waistline is off, length does not work, shoulders do not fit, or armhole is too tight - it is not for you. So leave it and move on to better things! Love what you wear and feel great rocking it!
Next time you shop think twice before you hit a checkout register. An item does not have to satisfy my requirements, but it has to worth the price tag for you. You might have different values, but the goal is to stick to your values (and budget).
Brand Names: steer clear of well-recognized expensive brands;
Basics: purchase basics in neutral colors that will last years proving their versatility;
Sales: buy expensive items on sale;
Material: pay attention to garments' materials; environmentally friendly clothing is better for you and the environment;
Love Factor: do not settle for an O.K. item.
That is a wrap. I hope you enjoyed this read.