Fast Fashion May Be Killing Your Wallet
You go to the store because you just hooked up a Tinder date and you decide to take the “cool and casual” approach by investing in a knitted sweater with faux fur ($49.95) some costume jewelry ($19.90) from H&M, a pair of faded skinnies ($41.80) from Forever 21 and some boots ($159.00) and a bag ($159.00) from Zara. Total (prices checked on the US websites of the above mentioned stores as of Nov 26th 2013) of $429.65 for an outfit you don’t totally love but it’s cute and he’ll think so, so whatever.
On the date (which was just so-so), you felt uncomfortable and itchy from the poly blend sweater and it didn’t help things that the shoes (which actually looked nice) KILLED your feet. The faux fur on the vest had your hair so static rich that when he tried to lean in for the kiss… aside from your hair literally attacking his face, there were sparks between you… but these were the kind that left welts on both your faces. After he dropped you off early from the date the jeans rip as you exit his car and the rip is the only thing larger than your embarrassment.
After taking off the costume jewelry, you scrub at the green film left on your skin all while wondering why you’re single @ss is logging back into Tinder for a second round of torture.
Now let me tell you how this could have been avoided and how you can ultimately save money and your dignity. The first problem was the lack of preparation. If you’re using Tinder or any other online dating platform you have to agree to meet on your terms. None of this slap chop outfit miss-mashing. The point isn’t to simply throw some clothes together that look alright and attempt at saving a buck, you must curate your look with precision and quality. And that should be the first point…
Bad things rarely happen to people who invest in quality. I’ve never ripped a pair of jeans! NEVER! It simply doesn’t happen to good quality denim (unless they’re too tight, in which case it’s completely the wearers fault). Buy a pair of J Brand jeans and you’ll lose count of the amount of times you can wash them and wear them all while they keep there shape. Invest in jewelry that stands the test of time and doesn’t tarnish on your skin! Ick!
Oh I get it… you’re a trendy gal so you need more options. You get bored with your closet. That’s probably because the cheap pieces from dash and dates gone by are all worn and damaged so they aren’t actually options anymore. Instead… have five to ten great tops that are subtler in design and work well with a medley of jackets, jeans and accessories. They’ll last infinitely longer and you’ll grow your wardrobe slowly around them creating a smattering of options to choose from. Also remember shoes are only as good as the most damaged spot on them. A broken heel or tarnished buckle makes any pair of heels fit for the trash and in turn, make you trashy. The goal is to avoid spending too much money while owning quality items so be sure to invest in the best materials.
You’re probably thinking “All those things are really expensive though won’t this break the bank?” It doesn’t have to if you develop a long-term shopping budget. Work it into your existing budget and spend or put away for a shopping spree a certain amount every month. Sound ridiculous? Remember the total of that basic outfit from those fast fashion retailers? it was over $400 for just one night. You will actually end up spending less if you (are more prepared, and) invest in high quality garments that you reuse and pair with other higher quality items. Remember you don’t have to shop regular price to have that perfect look. Mega sales come twice a year and they are always a prime time to shop.
In short, set a suggested shopping amount per month and then use that money to splurge on quality rather than quantity. Then when you have that special event that rears it’s ugly head like a wedding you don’t really want to attend or a baby shower of a friend of a friend you can shop within your own amazing wardrobe rather than out at some quick fix fashion faux pas trafficker where you will literally be burning your money.
I’d like to say quickly that not all the stuff sold at H&M or Zara is crappy but in my experience I have pieces that I’ve worn a thousand times from places that specialize in quality and it always wears better, fits better and comes through the wash or dry cleaner unscathed. So choose wisely.