“OH IT’S SO CHEAP. BRB GOTTA BUY IT” - an old friend of mine.
Here’s my opinion on clothes that are poorly constructed, or “crappily made” AND are cheap (not or. AND). The clothes fast fashion retailers put out are ephemeral. They are not going to last you more than a season or two unless you take good care of them. I was a victim of this in high school. It was impossible for me to repeat an article of clothing for a year, thanks to these stores. But if you think about it in the long run, the amount you spend on these clothes vs. the amount you spend on something well-made (and pricey at times) is going to be significantly different. Would you rather spend $10 on a shirt that’ll only last you for a season, or a $100 shirt that will last you for a year? I have a dress I got from Theory during my junior year of high school and now as a college graduate, I still have it and I still wear it. It looks brand new, despite the fact it’s my ultimate go-to dress in the winter. What happened to the chambray dress I got from H&M during 10th grade? I think my mom got sick of looking at in the wash that she threw it away without even telling me.
Most of my readers are either in high school or in college, and come from different backgrounds. Some prefer to get an article of clothing from fast fashion retailers, and some don’t. But I really don’t think you should spend your money on something that’s not going to last you a season, especially if it’s not made well. I am not telling you to go to Barney’s this weekend and grab everything you see. There are some things that you want to splurge on, and some that you want to take it easy on. I’m perfectly fine with the $15 t-shirt I received in the mail today from Everlane. I would never spend $200 on an Alexander Wang t-shirt - I would rather spend that money on a jacket that’s going to get me through the Chicago winter.
As always, quality over quantity.
I just had to let it out.
PS. YOUR STYLE IS GOING TO CHANGE. DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU’LL WEAR THOSE FLORAL PANTS THIS TIME NEXT YEAR?
PPS. Is there something you really want, but you can’t justify to spend $80 on a sweater? Wait for the sweater to go on sale. Is there a special promo? Take advantage of that. Are you a student/can you use your student discount? Use that on top of this promo. If it’s not there when you are able to afford it, maybe it’s not meant to be yours.