Your mum kept you in clothes that probably looked decent and lasted long. If that trend didn't carry over into adulthood, you're not alone. Take up the elegant shopping wisdom of one skilled men's fashion blogger.
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Men's clothing blog Put This On is a wealth of item links, example pics, Q&A sessions and other advice that helps grown men dress themselves. Author Jesse reprints some of the things he learned from his mother, who worked her way through graduate school as a single mother in San Francisco, but whose home "is filled to the gills with beautiful things, and her wardrobe is, too." A sampling of the passed-down advice:
Buy things that are repairable. Good shirts can have their collars and cuffs replaced. Good shoes can get new soles. Good luggage can have straps replaced. Whenever possible, buy things that can be fixed, rather than discarded.
Don't confuse price and value. Quality correlates to price, but it certainly doesn't correlate to price directly. There's plenty of expensive crap out there, and there are plenty of big markdowns that aren't very useful to you. It can be tough to resist that orange cashmere sweater marked from $US490 to $US49 - that's 90% off. But how valuable is an orange cashmere sweater to you? Unless you're in a community theatre production of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, it may be less than $US49, no matter what the original price sticker says.
Some of it reads like your standard Advanced Common Sense, but the post struck a chord with at least one Lifehacker editor who admits to owning two pairs of grey slacks, but only one shirt, if that, to wear with them. What's the best fashion advice you've kept to?
Shopping Effectively Means Shopping Like My Mom [Put This On]