Jennifer blogs over at A Well Styled Life. You can head there to find more posts from her on how style is more than what you wear, but also how you live your life.
I rarely buy new clothing for myself.
Rarely. As in hardly ever.
The ones I do buy I wear for many years and either change their look with accessories, or wear them the exact same way, many times over. You could say:
- I have a uniform way of dressing.
- I’m boring.
- I prefer quality over quantity.
- I handle my wardrobe like the often admired French woman.
- I’m cheap.
They’re probably all true to some extent.
In my 30’s I had a shopping hobby, which turned into a habit. Then I worked retail for many years which fed my habit and fueled my shopping addiction. It also gave me the opportunity to dress other women, which I loved. It was during my days as an Image Consultant that I honed my signature style, but also overdosed on shopping and finally put it into a healthier perspective.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I hate clothes shopping!
Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t admire beautiful new clothes, because I do. It means that at this stage in my life I don’t need to buy many things and I’m frugal when I do.
*Frugal means “sparing or economical with regard to money”.
For me, that doesn’t mean buying cheap quality, it means I use the cost per wear ratio to decide what’s a smart buy for me.
*Cost Per Wear Ratio is the total cost of an item divided by the number of times you wear it. This cost per wear formula is the only way to decide the true value of an item.
The documentary on Fast Fashion is causing quite a stir. Have you seen it? It’s not without controversy, but an important film.
I realize I’ve never been a fan of fast fashion. Livia Firth, the documentary producer recommends the rule of 30. If you know you’ll wear a garment at least 30 times, it’s not fast fashion, but a sensible buy.
Do you buy fast fashion?
Things that seem inexpensive when you buy them but pill and look like crap the second time out of the dryer?
Or do you invest and wear items for many years?
What’s your signature style?