Often we hear the saying, “I’m not cheap! I am just frugal. Or also ” You get what you pay for? Sounds familiar? These phrases are often heard when talking about prices of things we purchased, like clothes.
I used to be an avid fan of shopping clothes back in my high school years. I really wanted to own expensive brands. But then, I had only such a low budget so my only option was low cost clothing in the range of $10-20. For that budget, I would normally shop at Walmart, Ross, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21 and other small independent fashion chains. The cons about buying inexpensive clothing is that the clothing tend to quickly shrink, fade or damage, sometimes even in the first wash. I would often get rid of my unusable clothes at least at a ratio of 7 out of 10 clothes. Not good. How I deeply wish I could afford to splurge on expensive clothes. Don’t get me wrong. There are cheaper clothes that lasted long, too. Sometimes, I am lucky to find great selection and prices at TJ Max, H&M or Old Navy. It is usually a hit or miss.
What are Your Brands?
As years went by and I found a corporate job, I started purchasing somehow expensive clothing a little at a time from brands like New York&Co, Banana Republic, and Loft. In my opinion, I hated NewYork&Co because the quality is not worth their price. They were the very first brand I was able to afford expensive clothes. For less than a year, I was a devoted shopper at their stores.
What is your Budget
I used to buy clothes between $10-$20 so anything above this price is considered expensive for me. My definition of expensive is in the price range of $30-$60. I am not willing to spend higher than $60 per piece of clothes. At this price range, I am able to find decent quality clothes from brands like Loft and Banana Republic especially on discounted prices. I am not insane of overly expensive brands like Prada or Burberry. It is not that I dislike their brand or their products, I just believe that it is not worth the price to spend that much money on clothes.
What determines you to purchase your preferred brand of clothes?
Is it the brand, price or what country its made of? For me, brand does not really matter. Although there are others who purchase certain brands only because it is famous or its endorse by certain person they like. Contrary, although it is a good brand, others will not purchase it because it is endorse by particular person they dislike.
Sometimes, it is really tempting to purchase overly expensive brands. To avoid regrets later, just think twice about it. I have a couple of friends who bought LV purses for the price of $700. That’s just so insane but it is understandable that for some people, the satisfaction is a therapy for them. Yes, my friends are happy they got their $700 LV purse but they are now broke apparently. I would not want to be on that situation of having an expensive purse and then, my wallet inside it is emptied. Not a great feeling. Smh!
Cheap or Expensive?
Every person have different preference and belief. Everyone have different limit of budget and standards. It does not matter if it’s expensive or not. As an individual, the decision is up to you. You know better what is reasonably price, what perfectly fits and what is great quality of material.