Weekly Wonders #47-Quality vs. Quantity

Quality vs. Quantity in Fashion

Quality vs Quantity in Fashion.

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I know when you get to a certain age, “they” all say you should spend more on the quality of your clothes and not to worry about the quantity.  And as always, I love to be the devil’s advocate.  It’s not really that I want to stuff my closet (more) at this age, but I’m still not convinced I should spend a bundle of money on most of my clothes.

That being said I do believe and love promoting the small local boutiques and businesses—I know what it’s like to be a small business owner and I think it’s essential to support them as much as possible. Besides, it’s shopping at these places that you can find more unique and interesting items that not everyone else has in their closet.  Usually the small boutiques are not as inexpensive as many of the franchise shops—however, they too, have an occasional sale.

Here are my reasons I otherwise don’t like spending a ton of money on my clothing:

1-My weight, like everyone else’s, fluctuates.  Even if your weight does stay the same, body parts shift (fact not fiction)!  It’s frustrating to plan on wearing a piece of clothing from a couple years ago and find it’s too small or big.

2-Stains, rips, and a multitude of different natural disasters seem to happen to my clothing…even when it’s just hanging out in the closet.  I’d feel much guiltier if it were a $200 sweater that got ruined, than if it were a $30 one.

3-Styles change—I realize there are basic items, but somehow and someway the companies change the classic styles just enough that the old version can look “dated.”

4-I like to shop—so if and when an item gets “worn out,” I find that’s a perfect excuse to hit the stores! Some of those quality pieces never wear out!

5-The materials keep getting better—who doesn’t love spandex in their jeans, now?  Even if I still had a pair of my 501 Levis, would I even want to wear them?

6-I actually get tired of some of my clothing items.  I don’t feel bad about giving them away if they didn’t cost me an arm & a leg!

Do you agree or disagree? This week we’ll each be wearing Tweed Jackets!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Agree with all your points. Style not determined by price. But if you have an expensive classic that now appears dowdy, refashion it to update it or wear with up-to-date and edgy pieces.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly!! I know my mom has taken many a pieces, and altered them to make them modern! Even if someone doesn’t sew, I bet the tailor’s can do it too!

  • Justyna Faliszek

    | think we wrote about the same theme, using the same arguments but from slightly different perspective (being stylish / liking own warderobe). And I’d like to admit that nothing olders elder women more than old-fashioned clothes, even if they should be classic. The worse! “classics” that you payed a lot and are overdated but in good shape are the hardest to throw away.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So true, so true!!

  • OneDizzyBee

    I’m a curious mix when it comes to fashion. I tend to spend more money on anchor pieces; the classics that never go out of style. There’s nothing like a really well-tailored tweed jacket or that basic black dress that you can take from day to evening and won’t go out of style for 20 years. Then there are the “fad” items that probably don’t need to last longer than the fad. So I can mix and match the fad pieces with my classics, spend the money where it’s best spent, and still be somewhat trendy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s the smart thing to do Tess!! Speaking of tweed jackets….that’s the theme for this week!!

  • Because I thrift, I get both quality and quantity…but I also get tired of wearing the same thing. I wish my husband would buy more clothes because I get tired of seeing him in the same five shirts and three pairs of pants. Sigh…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What if you bought him clothes? 🙂

      • He always says he doesn’t need any…

        • Jodie Filogomo

          The word “need” has many definitions—Maybe you should just “exchange” some of his old ones for different ones! He might not even realize!!

      • He always says he doesn’t need any…

  • Agree!
    I do a some “quality” clothes but I have not paid full price for them.
    {For example my Cashmere coat should have been £800, but i got it for £120}
    That kind of classic quality I love….but only at a bargain price!

    The main agreement for me is the “getting tired”.
    I get tired of my clothes and love to recycle, donate or give them to friends.
    Sharing the love is always a good idea!
    Great article, Jodie!

    • should read *I do have

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Samantha! I agree about the quality at a bargain price….it’s not that I’m against quality…it’s just hard to pay a lot of money for these things. Of course it all depends on our perception of what is important, I guess! I won’t skimp on my health since I only get one body—but clothes are everywhere!!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I’m in complete agreement with you on this one. I also tire of garments after awhile, and don’t feel bad donating them if I’ve paid relatively little for them. Another option that I enjoy is to refashion the tired garments. I feel more comfortable cutting them up and experimenting with them if I haven’t paid a fortune for them originally. I like to spend less on the trendier items, and buy better quality on the classics. I also agree with Lorena Lorena’s comment…I worry about destroying the more expensive garments, whether it be in the laundry, or while I’m wearing it. The weight changes are another issue that begs spending less. This is a great blog post Jodie, thanks 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet!! Sometimes I feel somewhat admonished when I read those articles saying since we’re older, we should buy quality. I’m so glad there are women out there that feel the same way I do!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    I’ve done a bit of both: quality and quantity and I have to be honest here, most of the time I grab and wear the items that were purchased under the “quantity” label. For some odd reason I think if I wear the “quality” ones I’ll ruin them and sometimes just don’t feel at ease in them as I am too worried they will be stained or snagged – so I don’t enjoy them !

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice to know, I’m not the only one, Lorena!!