Investing In My Wardrobe

Styling and fashion have always been fun for me. I like how clothes can change your mood and quickly transmit your personality to the world. And like one’s personality and taste, one’s style definitely changes over time. I think mine has been constantly changing and evolving since I was about thirteen. In middle school I went through an exclusively gym shorts and hoodie phase (yikes); then there was the chunky sneaker and vest phase (channeling Justin Bieber? a little Ellen?), then the beachy boho phase (thanks, San Diego!), etc., etc.

Now that I’m in DC, I think my style is becoming simpler and much more about the function of fashion rather than what can be expressed by cheap, trendy pieces. Instead of picking several cheaper items while on shopping dates each month, I’ve started to buy only one or two pieces that are much higher quality and classic in their style and shape. I make sure they’ve been on my list for at least a couple months and things I can see myself wearing on at least three different occasions.

This might seem like an involved process, but it’s kept me from dropping money at fast fashion stores on items I know I’ll wear only a few times or that won’t make it past five washes. And I find myself taking better care of my clothes. They cost more money and I took the time to decide whether or not they were really me and something I would keep with me for years to come.

This is one of my currently favorite outfits. It’s classic, simple, and totally me! I feel completely comfortable in this look and have worn it to museums, a food show, and on a date night.

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What are your rules for buying and investing in clothes?