If you still remember Rebuilding Wardrobe 101 series (if you don’t, let me refresh your memory: it’s a lifetime project to rescue my closet) I have mentioned about the 18 ideal essentials I need in my closet in order for me (or maybe for you) to function on a daily basis.
Granted, “Quality over Quantity” has always been the mantra through out the series. While we always encourage Mayo Town citizens “to shoot for the star” (cue this one STAR: Prada Leather Large Zip Travel Bag) instead of shooting multiple close-to-the-ground lampposts (cue: Jack Russell Malletier Duffle), I believe there are times when we don’t need to aim for a star. Or maybe, not even a lamppost.
Remember that time when you’re at the grocery store alone (wifey was out because it’s Girl’s Night Out Friday,) standing at the “Toiletries” row with both hands holding 2 different brands of toilet rolls. The following question just popped inside you: Should be gentler to my bon bon by going with this $10 toilet roll? Should I cheap out on this and take the $5 one instead? Is my bon bon worth the extra $5? Shall I call her? Should I get this Acne Sweater?
I digress. But replace “toilet rolls” with clothes and accessories – that’s where this post is heading. A little balancing act could save you some money for your wardrobe expansion. I’m curious to know this about you:
What items do you splurge on? And what items do you tend to cheap out on?
By “splurge,” we mean things that you’re willing to shell out a few extra bucks for the quality, not necessarily for the (designer) brand. And by “cheap out,” we mean things you’d rather go for the cheaper options because you see no need (or no desire) and the alternatives are good enough.
Things I would normally splurge on
A few extra bucks (or sometimes, hundreds to thousands) goes a long (looooong) way. Given the budget, I won’t feel sorry spending on these:
- Blazers & Suits
- Dress Shirts
- Dress Shoes
- Dress Pants
- Leather bags
I’ve made a personal commitment to always go for fully-tailored or semi-tailored blazers and suits. Do also note that I don’t buy a lot of the above items.
Extra, extra useful tip someone once taught me: Try not to go full retail price for designer items. Sometimes you can get 70% during end-of-season sales.
Things I would normally cheap out
I don’t normally go designer for the below items, as I believe the really high quality ones aren’t really expensive sometimes. You’ll just need to find them. (In our case, it is to dig them out and tell you.)
- Casual pants: khakis, chino
- Sneakers / Casual shoes
- Tee / Polo
- Casual bag
- Accessories: Bracelets, Necklace & etc
While cheap-ing out on the above list, I do splurge but very occasionally:
- Polo: I would splurge on 1 or 2 pieces.
- Jeans: Levi’s is always my choice. (This isn’t a splurge, actually.)
- Watches: I would splurge on 1 or 2 pieces. I wear watches as accessories more than to tell time, and I don’t collect watches.
- Underwear: I would splurge on 2 to 3 designer pieces. My current favourite cheap out is Uniqlo. They just fit me very well and feel comfortable. I think they actually last.
- Accessories: I would splurge on 1 or 2 pieces. The rest I’d go for more affordable options.
Now you can generally see where my clothing budget goes. What about you? Tell me more.
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