In a recessionary condition a shopper does not have to stop shopping, though the shopper should start thinking. Spending wisely can help build your wardrobe while making sure you don’t feel entirely retail deprived. It’s important to buy staples- timeless, well fitting pieces that will serve you for years to come. So long as there is value behind your purchase you should be safe from the pangs of buyer’s remorse.
A beautifully tailored peacoat or pair of trousers is never a mistake if the price reflects the value: the quality of materials, craftsmanship, fit and overall wearability. A piece that could transition easily from day to night or season to season (where is this one they call summer?) is clearly more valuable than something that could have very few wears in proportion to its price.
The move toward classicalism is never a mistake; that’s what makes it classic. Look for pieces that blend well with clothes you already own, pieces that fill gaps in your wardrobe- say a stunning structured blazer or a durable leather tote that will only get better with age. Investing in practical pieces isn’t always easy when there is a shiny new trend you’d like to take part in, but there is a way to have your cake and eat it too. Trends are fun way to add a new twist to things you may have grown tired of. The general rule is: invest in timeless clothing and buy trends on the cheap. Mall retailers and discounters alike have various versions of the latest phenomenon at peanut prices nearly any cheap chick can afford.
Another way to perk up your wardrobe is to take an inventory of your closet. You may have pieces you no longer wear after weight loss or that never fit properly because you got them secondhand. It’s amazing to think about the treasures that could be revived with a little simple tailoring. A trip to your local dry cleaner or a professional tailor could be all your grandmother’s velvet jacket needs to be your new favorite item. No one wants to look like they’re wearing someone else’s clothes; the secret is all in the fit. San Francisco Tailors (109 Geary St) provides timely, skillful alterations that could pull any ill fitting duds out of retirement.
Classics will always be classics, so don’t be afraid to invest in something of value. You deserve to look sharp no matter what is going on in the world around you so treat yourself to a timeless, staple piece perking up yourself and your wardrobe.