Today’s reader question is one that I definitely would love to hear all of your opinions on. I shared my own thoughts of course to the question posed by the lovely “C”, below.
Could you provide your thoughts on splurging on clothes? I can always spend lots on a purse or jewelry but when it comes to clothes I suddenly become “cheap”. I guess I argue that I can use a bag many times in a month and year, but not clothes. I also feel they go out of fashion easily and am not confident about choosing non trendy items. Do you have a view on splurging more on accessories, over clothes?
Here’s my personal view on C’s question…and then I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts as well.
When I think about the question and took a look at my closet, it also rings true for me that it seems way easier to splurge on accessories versus clothes. I boiled this down to a few reasons.
1. Past experience. If I look at the items that I’ve spent more than let’s say $1K on that I actually regret – most of them are clothes. Maybe it’s because I tend to go more risky with clothing choices versus accessories, where I’ll end up wanting to go with more plain/neutral/classic choices. I do know that I wish I had never spent serious money on dresses with any type of frill or cap sleeve (which took me years to realize is a cut which makes me look like a miniature linebacker).
2. Wearability. I don’t have the confidence to wear the same designer dress three times a week to work, plus I hate dry cleaning bills. But wearing the same tote every single day? Way easier and doable. It just seems to better justify a “cost per wear”.
3. Laziness. While I theoretically like the idea of discovering cool new shops where I’ll find the one perfect item from a brand nobody’s ever heard of, whenever I attempt this I always end up getting frustrated and everything looks like a tent. Plus, I have low shopping stamina. So I always just end up going to the same brands and stores which fit me..and just from past experience, I’ve found way more “go to” affordable clothing brands that I like, than accessories brands. I like comfortable clothes, and I can usually find something I like from Gap, or Vince. For accessories, I know I can always find something to drool over at Chanel or Bottega Veneta.
But I will say…when you do get a right with a clothing splurge, I don’t think anything else is really like it. When you find that perfect jacket or dress that just makes you feel amazing, the splurge is so worth it. The trick then becomes figuring out what those pieces are and when to open your pocketbook…something that I’m still working on perfecting! In the meantime, I’ve accepted that I will probably make some pricey purchases in the future that I might regret…but as long as it’s affordable from a broader view and I’m having fun, then in my opinion there isn’t a big problem!
Where do you all do your splurging?