I am not a ‘clothes’ person, but I do have a handful of wardrobe staples that I splurge on. These pieces make me feel more put-together and polished, regardless of my outfit.
I am not ‘into’ clothes. I want to look good, but I am far more concerned with comfort than with style. My workplace is casual, so the clothes I wear at work are the same as the clothes I wear at home for the most part (minus the yoga pants).
I am also long past the days of grabbing those cute fast-fashion clothes off the rack in Target. I don’t even want to think about the amount of money that I have wasted over the years buying clothes that stretch out of shape after one cycle through the wash.
Now I take the time to find and buy quality clothes.
Just to be clear, I don’t splurge on every piece of clothing that I buy. Although, I still swing through Old Navy on grab t-shirts on sale. And I troll ThredUp regularly. I do, however, have a few pieces that I spend extra money on, and they make me look more put-together and polished, no matter what I am wearing.
Here are the items that I spend more money on.
Ugh. It can be so hard to find bras and panties that are of good quality that don’t pinch or ride up. I am in love with Third Love bras since trying them out a few years ago, and for panties, my go-to ones have become these from Duluth Trading Company.
Pants that fit like a glove
I had such a love-hate relationship with jeans until I found a brand and style that worked for me. I don’t have to wear dress pants very often, but when I do, I want them to be comfortable. The dress pants yoga pants from Betabrand were definitely worth the price tag.
A kick-ass bag
A few years ago, I was doing the bookwork for a trucking company that my husband and dad owned. In lew of payment, I let them me buy me this bag. It was the most money I have spent on any bag before, and I was more than a bit anxious.
The bag is leather (no faux stuff here), the lining is durable and gets more and more beautiful with use.
I keep my footwear pretty simple; I have a pair of Chucks and Keen walking shoes, Rothy’s black flats, a few pairs of boots I got second-hand, a good pair of sandals and some clogs I picked up on sale.
Being a Minnesotan, outwear is essential. Splurging on a good coat (or two), sturdy boots, and a good pair of warm gloves and a stylish stocking hat is commonplace. And cheap-ing out on these items can be the difference between a comfortable walk in the snow and losing a toe.
- Coats are from Lands End and Duluth.
- My boots are second-hand that I picked up from ThredUp.
- I have this stocking hat is from Duluth, and my mittens came from a craft fair.
You don’t have to spend big bucks for a quality wardrobe. With a few quality pieces, you can dress with more confidence and feel better about your (small, but stylish) wardrobe.
You heard from me, know it’s your turn! What pieces of clothing do you invest in?
PS – Not everyone can afford to spend $70 on a pair of jeans, and there are lots of others where those jeans seem cheap AF. The point is to get the best quality/fit for you, and don’t worry about what others are doing.