I’ve been known to be a thrifter and sales chaser. Spending a day grabbing every, somewhat, trendy item I can find at a thrift store has been one of my favorite pass times. I don’t try anything on, I don’t take my person style into consideration. I just grab stuff that looks like something I may have seen on Pinterest and call it a day. By the time I get home, I have $50 worth of items to sift through and by the time I’m done, I might keep an item or two. Still, it always feels worth it for some reason because getting 10 items for $50 dollars feels like a win even if I only keep one, low quality item.
Now trust me, I know the trick where you go to nice neighborhoods for thrifting. I’ve been there. I have scavenged thrift stores from all the nicest neighborhood but that will never change the fact that second hand is second hand and unless you need something right now, you don’t need the second hand clothes.
Not in a snobby, “ew someone else wore that” kind of way. But in a, “$5 doesn’t seem like a lot but it adds up” kind of way. At some point I realized that if I would put that money away and save for something that’s high quality, something that fits, and something I really love. Trust me, I know quality clothing is not cheap. I currently only own second hand or cheap clothing because I’ve had trouble being patient for higher quality items. Every time something gets a hole or snags a string, I can feel the importance of saving for that higher quality clothing. Recently, it’s become so apparent how important it can be to really put time, thought, and money into a high quality, capsule wardrobe.
You really save a lot in the long run. Yeah, you spend more, a lot more upfront. But you buy less. Just because you can take the same amount of money and get WAY MORE somewhere cheaper does not mean you’re getting a better deal.
More clothes means more time spent sifting through items you don’t really love, cleaning up way more mess, and struggling to keep track of all the clothing you have. With clothing, less means more. More time, more space, and more wear for your buck.
You buy one nice shirt one time and then you’re gold. You have the shirt and yeah, it’s still just a shirt, but it’s a shirt that won’t get a tear in the wash because it’s already been washed 5 million times and the cheap polyester just can’t handle it. A shirt you’ll get excited to wear each day. You’ll shop for your clothes wiser, you’ll care for your clothes more, and you’ll always know what to wear because let’s face it, it’s a lot harder to have 500 things to choose from when each thing took months to save for.
So with that being said, here are some items I would love to have in my wardrobe!
MY DREAM WARDROBE
- Brown leather ankle boots
- Black loafers
- Summertime flats
- A good jumper
- A chunky knit sweater
- Short sleeve button-up
- High waisted jean shorts
- The perfect pair of jeans
- A simple tank top
- A simple summer dress
- The most perfect pull-over sweater
So if you’re like me and you are still day dreaming about your dream wardrobe, or even if you’re two steps away from building your wardrobe, I encourage you to use Pinterest. Create a board, pin liberally to that board, and see what it looks like. Take note of the common occurrence pieces and the outfits that caught your eye the most. This will help you to determine the types of pieces you should look for to help you curate your perfect wardrobe!
Photo by Caroline Joy