I think a famous comedienne said it
best when he said "There is a sucker born every minute." It is ridiculous
how much some pieces of clothing cost. I canít believe people actually pay those
There is, obviously, a difference in
quality between pieces of clothing. There is a point, however, when quality is
met, and then where it is being sold.
You should buy your clothes like you
buy your food. How much you are willing to pay for it should be determined or
related to the amount of wear it will receive similar to servings per box. The
more times you wear a garment, the cheaper it is.
For example, if you live in a cold
climate, your winter coat is probably worn every day. Not only is it one of the
most functional pieces of clothing that you own, it almost becomes your
signature piece, as some people will never see you in anything but that coat!
This is an example of an item you
would want to buy the best you could afford. If you have special needs, like
problems with your feet or legs, you would want to buy the highest quality shoes
you can afford.
On the other hand, if you are going
to a dressy social event, and want a new dress, you may end up wearing that
dress only once or twice. Figure out how much it might cost you each time you
wear it. Do you really want to pay that much? Is there another way to dress up
that wonít cost so much? If you have a slim black skirt there are many dressy
blouses you could add to look more formal.
So, how do you figure out how much a
garment is worth? Obviously you canít just assign an arbitrary figure to how
much you want to pay for something. You have to look around and see what things
are selling for. Even if you donít plan on purchasing garments at some of the
higher priced department stores, walk through them occasionally to see what they
are selling, check the quality, and the prices.
As Iíve been doing more comparison
shopping lately, Iíve been very surprised by some of the things Iíve seen. Iíve
seen the exact same garments sold at both bargain stores and higher quality mall
stores. Iíve found many cheaply made garments at the higher priced store, and
some very good quality merchandise in the lowest priced stores.
I think a lot of this is due to the
inexpensive garments that are coming in from overseas, where labor is so
inexpensive. When we went in to buy a windsock last week for our home at a small
local store, I asked the owner why the big, fancy ones were half the price of
the smaller, less ornate ones. The only difference, he said, was that the
inexpensive ones were imported.
Think what you may on this subject,
it is a factor to consider in buying clothes. Know your quality, be familiar
with prices, prioritize you needs, stick to the classics, and buy it on sale.