Several months ago I was chatting with Madeline on Twitter about our clothing and wardrobes and she said something that made a whole lot of sense:
Pay attention to what you throw away.
I was due for a closet clean-out so as I purged things that were looking sad or that I rarely wore I made sure to pay attention to the brands. What I discovered was both enlightening and sad.
You guys, I throw away a LOT of Target clothing. Also, Old Navy, Forever 21 and random cheap brands from department stores.
It kind of makes sense, right? Those places are known for their fast fashion and not necessarily their high quality. It was heartbreaking to look at that pile on the floor because I knew that the cost per wear on those items was not spectacular and I realized it was maybe time to set limits on what I buy from those types of stores.
I did almost no shopping this summer thanks to all our travel but now that we're home I'm getting that old familiar itch. But I'm determined to turn over a new leaf and start spending my clothing budget in a more responsible way!
If there's a trend I want to jump on that I know won't be super long-lived then Target and Forever 21 all the way! But for my wardrobe basics, it's time to spend a little more money on fewer pieces with the hope that they will last me for years.
I already have a great pair of jeans that have proven well worth the investment (they're AG) but I'm collecting suggestions for just about everything else. I've heard good things about Halogen tees. What are your favorite higher quality brands? Where do you buy them? Do we have any eBay experts out there willing to share some wisdom? Is retail a better way to go?
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