Hi Lovelies, Happy Friday!
It’s almost the weekend, and it’s pay day for me! Instead of splurging online, I’ve decided to make some investments in my basics. Now I know a few of you will wonder why spend money on these items of clothing right? Earlier this week I was doing some calculations, and I worked out that I had spent between £304-450 on jeans alone in the last 12 months! I was shocked by how much money I had spent buying ‘cheaper’ jeans. These jeans which I re-buy almost every month, I was livid! This was mainly because I put on some weight in the last two years, so I stopped investing in my jeans and just bought cheaper ones. This was in hope that I would be able to fit back into my old jeans again haha!
So this month I’ve decided to spend a little bit more, on those essential wardrobe basics everyone in your wardrobe. By basics I mean, basic t-shirts, jeans, trousers and smart trousers, shirts, shoes and underwear. These items are are most likely to be your most worn items, that complete or compliment every outfit. So here are my reasons why you should spend a little more on your basics:
Why Spend More Money on Your Basics?
Materials that are made from cheap synthetic materials, are more likely to cause irritation and discomfort. So material such as nylon, polyester and acrylic are examples of toxic fibers which we really should be staying away from. It’s better to invest in natural fibers and fabrics such as linen, cotton, silk, and cashmere and other organic fabrics. Some of these do still under go processes to get it to it’s finished state, however it’s better to invest in these rather than synthetics.
In addition, basics that cost a little more tend to be cut a bit better, and fit more comfortably in comparison to cheaper materials. When things fit right, you feel more confident when you wear it. You don’t have to worry about pulling that top down every two seconds because it’s rolled up again!
2 Most Worn Items
As I said before, your basics can be anything from a basic white t-shirt, to your favorite pair of jeans. They are the connectives of your outfit, so they are and will be your most worn items of clothing. So similar to how you may treat buying a new sofa for your new home, or a wardrobe or a new Macbook. I other words, these are items you will use constantly, so they need to stand the test of time right? The same type of consideration should go into your clothing, as you will strive to buy something that is quality for good value.
3 Cost Per Wear
So this is a theory that has been around for a while. This is where you simply divide the cost of the item, by the number of days you have worn it. After calculating how much I had spent on Jeans earlier this week, I’ll be using this formula more often. It’s more cheaper to invest in your basics in the long run, rather then spending less on items to save money. Cheaper items don’t tend to last the test of time. Now I’m not saying this is the case for everything, as I have bought tees and shoes for chicken change, and they have lasted me some time. I guess the trick is to asses how well put together the item is, and determine how long you want to keep it.
So for example the shoes in the photo were on sale at Mango for £12, which was a bargain! However they are in a bad condition. This didn’t stop me from buying these, as they are a trend piece, that I will probably only wear this summer!
4 Feel Good Factor
When you buy nice things, it does make you feel and look good sometimes. Most cheap items are mass produced, with awkward sizing most of the time. Or a ‘one size fits all’ type of fitting. That’s why you’ll find half sizes in more expensive and designer brands, in comparison to going to your local high street store. Clothing wise, when things are cut right and the fit is perfect, this will make you more confident.
5 Less Splurging
When you spend a little more on your basics, and clothing in general, the less likely you are to splurge. More consideration will go into your purchase of a higher value item, as well as any shopping you do afterwards. Which means that you are more likely to save money in the long run, as you’re less likely to do those weekly online shops of clothing.
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