The skirt I'm wearing today is six years old. I bought it when I went to London for the first time, in 2004. It cost ten pounds at this random no-name clothing store we popped into randomly. I believe we were on our way back to the hotel after our traditional carvery dinner.
I like to buy clothing as souvenirs. Not touristy clothing. Regular clothes you'd wear any day of the week. It's great, because then every time you wear it, you can think about the trip. I have the skirt from London '04, the red-with-black-polka-dots top from London '06, the floral print top from Newport Beach this spring. The dress from New York City '09. It's perfect--I increase my wardrobe and I get souvenirs without clogging up a shelf with shot glasses and snow globes. Jewelry would work similarly.
But it also gets me thinking. This skirt is six years old! Most of my button-up shirts are four or five years old. The black dress that was my bridesmaid dress is six years old this winter. Shoot, the shirts I paint and color my hair in are from junior high! Nearly all my heels are four years or older.
People are always talking about how you need to pay for quality items, but do we really? I mean, how long are we supposed to hang on to a pair of black pants? Am I supposed to love them for 15 years because I spent a lot on them? Does anyone even stay the same size for that long? If I can buy clothes at Target, Old Navy, Ross, etc. and wear them for years, do I really need to pay more?
Now, I know that expensive clothes are supposedly designed better or fit better or whatever, but...I really wouldn't know. I've never bought an $80 pair of yoga pants, so I can't really say that they superior to my $15 Old Navy yoga pants. Because let's face it--I'd rather buy five pairs of cheap pants and do laundry less frequently.