The art of dressing well, which is a continual pursuit, can be, seemingly, an expensive endeavor.
It’s all appearances though. Rather than buying more items, authors on style and dressing have long encouraged purchasing the best quality you can afford. A deal seems great at the time since we’re all conditioned to value a lower price point. Rather, we mustn’t forget the long term during these shopping trips. The long term is: will this item hold up, how does this fit into my lifestyle, what’s the cost to wear ratio?
For example, in January of 2012 I purchased brown suede tassel loafers from Zara for $40. “Hell yeah!” I thought to myself at the time. Especially since most pairs I’d looked at were significantly more expensive. Fast-forward to May of the same year and both the tassels and soles were coming unglued. By comparison, the Alden tassels I replaced them with look and have worn incredibly in the past 15 months. The idea is that if we’re buying for a deal, oftentimes, we may end up buying twice to replace an inferior product. It’s better to buy fewer items that will last than more pieces which may very well have to be replaced. It’s better, in the long run, on the wallet and in the closet. Some examples: Instead of buying three wool blend sweater, opt for a neutral sweater in cashmere. Will you wear the same sweater more? Yes, but it will feel infinitely more luxurious against your skin, not to mention will hold its shape better, for longer. Do you want 10 Fossil watches or one Omega? Again, this takes some reconditioning; more stuff, in truth, isn’t an advantage. It’s just more cheap shit taking up room in your closet. Pare it down to the essentials, but the ones of the highest quality for your budget.
By no means would I advocate a four-day a week eating habit to make room for John Lobb shoes. That’s madness. However, it’s much more beneficial to remove the three pair of Aldo shoes in your checkout box and buy one pair of Crocket & Jones or Alfred Sargeant shoes. You’re getting superior quality in the leather and much better constructed shoe; Goodyear welter to say the least.
Buy the best you can afford, even if it means buying fewer pieces. Fewer, yet more substantially made pieces will take the guesswork out of dressing. Additionally, this will lighten up your closet. No one needs a closet full of shoddily made shoes and clothes.