This is a post talking about how often to buy new clothes
In this article, you’ll find
- Why do you feel the need to always buy new clothes?
- Being elegant and having a capsule wardrobe
- Quality over quantity
- …and more!
How Often Should You Buy Clothes
Living an elegant woman, it is exciting to buy new things. Especially when they make us feel prettier, but this habit is not only detrimental to your wallet but also to your closet. Having too much is not a good thing and this is one aspect where quality is better than quantity.
As much as we love shopping, purchasing clothes can be expensive and wasteful if done carelessly. Shopping should be more intentional, It is important to invest in good-quality pieces that will last longer without breaking the bank. This way you won’t have to spend as much money on clothing replacements over time because they will last longer!
Since clothes are more affordable than they were in the past and fashion trends change every season, it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping cycle. Out-of-date pieces can be annoying, especially if you’ve shelled out more money for something that is “in style” but doesn’t accentuate your body type. For this reason, most women buy new clothes several times a year. But it is important to be mindful of what you are buying, to prevent this from being a needless expensive process.
Blending your new pieces with your existing wardrobe is the best way to minimize clothing replacements while still looking stylish and classic. By regularly mixing and matching your current collection, you won’t only make the most out of all the clothes in your wardrobe – but you will also save money, time, and space in your home.
How Often Should You Buy New Clothes?
This depends on many factors. How high quality is the clothing and workmanship of the clothes? What is the color and have you bought clothes that aren’t overly trendy?
What about where you live? Is it mild or harsh? Do you need to wear five layers in the winter just to keep warm?
It could be as frequent as once a month to once a year, it depends on your lifestyle and how you care for them. There are other factors like weight gain., pregnancy, and whether or not the time of the month can impact your clothes.
Being an elegant woman is to see that buying the highest quality you can afford is better, but if you are going into debt for clothing then that is not right. Looking great is essential to elegance, but it doesn’t mean you need to buy new clothes often.
It is also worth it to note that if you shop often, are you trying to fill an emotional void? It’s very common for people to go shopping and buy things when they are lacking something. It gives you a little high that is addictive and when it wears off, it’s easy to return to shopping to get that feeling back. If this is something that you might do, the first thing is to go deeper within yourself and see what it is you’re lacking.
Buy Quality Clothing that Will Last Longer
Your clothes shouldn’t break down and need to be replaced every season. Invest in clothing that is good quality and will last several years or more. This can get a little pricey, but if you look at it as an investment, rather than spending money on clothes all the time, you’ll probably feel better about your wardrobe budget.
How do you know if it’s quality?
The two most important aspects of clothing quality are fabric and fit. Quality fabrics can retain their shape and color better than cheaply made clothes, and they tend to last longer. A well-fitted garment will flatter your body type and make you feel more confident as well as look good.
A good tip is to hold up the article of clothing up in the air, pinching the shoulders at the seam and seeing how it falls. Does the bottom hem fall straight or is it crooked? If it’s straight, it’s a little better. I had it where my side seam would migrate to the front and the other side would go towards my back. It was terrible, it felt awkward to wear and it looks the same.
When shopping for fabrics, look for those that are made from natural materials, such as silk or wool. These textiles should drape well and feel comfortable against your skin as well as being breathable and warm. Fibers like polyester and rayon may be cheaper, but they won’t age nicely and can make you sweat more than knitted or woven fabrics.
But to be honest, the technology has improved as of late. I do own a few rayon sweaters and they’re not terrible. Polyester is very good for clothes that you want to look presentable even when doing things that might wrinkle or stain. However, because they are made of plastic, I try to avoid them.
Also, pay attention to the weight of the fabric; heavier fabrics will be less transparent and should last longer. This includes wear and tear and also washing them. I’ve had pieces of clothing go completely transparent from age. However, the thicker shirts are still in my wardrobe and they are over ten years old!
The fit needs to fit the body appropriately- it should do just that. Anything that is baggy or too tight will not look as elegant. Even if you are trying to hide your weight, baggy clothes don’t make the right impression on an elegant woman. If it’s too tight, you might get excited when you get into your wardrobe and pick out something that is too small for yourself!
One size doesn’t fit all either. Find out your measurements and what works for you. You can do this by trying something on in a store or taking your own measurements at home. If the right size isn’t available, it’s okay to send them away to get tailored if necessary! This has happened to me many times where I’ll find something online, buy it without trying it on, and then have it come later. When I try them on, they are too tight or loose or something that isn’t right for me at all!
Fit is also based on what you’re comfortable with wearing. If you feel confident in a pencil skirt, wear it. If you feel better in a pair of pants, wear them! Don’t follow trends and force yourself to wear something that doesn’t make you feel your best.
It’s more important to have a good seamstress or better yet, teach yourself because most clothes today aren’t made for you. The fit can make or break an outfit.
Why Quality Lasts Longer?
Quality clothes last longer because they are made from fabrics that can hold their shape longer, they’re pieces designed to fit you well and they’re free from rips or tears.
If something is meant for machine washing, I recommend hand-washing it in cold water- especially with delicates. Always taking a few extra precautions will ensure that the clothing will last longer. Even lower quality clothes will last longer.
The higher quality clothes just mean that there is a better chance of it lasting through the years instead of weeks.
Don’t buy too many trendy pieces at once
It can be difficult to stop shopping or buying too much when you’re there. This is done on purpose and they try to get you to buy more with an incentive of a discount. It feels good to buy when you get 30% or 40% off your purchase, the FOMO that they trigger can be difficult to resist.
However, when you buy too many trendy clothes (this is especially true with trendy clothes), then chances are that you will lose interest in those clothes.
Don’t let clothes be your identity.
There is nothing wrong with having clothes make you feel better or complimenting who you are, but it shouldn’t be the only defining factor in your persona. Being elegant comes from within and if you are dependent on clothing then you will inevitably buy more.
Take Care of Your Clothes
Buying good quality helps, but taking care and being intentional with your clothes will make all the difference! If you can’t afford to buy the highest quality clothes, then take care of your things!
For example, if you want something that is long-lasting and in good condition, then don’t wash it with warm water. When I hand-wash my delicates with cold water, they last longer than when washed with warm or hot water. Taking good care of your clothes will ensure that you can enjoy them for as long as possible!
Buy new clothes when you need them. Don’t be a stickler about it, but at the same time, there needs to be some awareness of how many clothes you need. This is when a capsule wardrobe is useful and once every few months to check in and see where you are missing some clothes or if they are completely finished.