I'm a big believer in buying quality clothing, but I also constantly make the mistake of acquiring items that require special care. I know I don't want to go to the dry cleaner, or do any hand-washing, but I still end up buying clothing that requires that stuff anyway. It's time to start checking those tags in the store.
Photo by Simon Law.
All of my dress shirts are fairly nice, but when I wear them I either have to drop them off at the dry cleaners, or carefully wash and press them myself. Otherwise I run the risk of shrinkage, damage or speeding up the wear-out process. I don't want to do any of that. If you feel the same, Brittney Morgan at Apartment Therapy suggests you line up your clothing purchases more closely with your lifestyle and routine. That $200 pair of jeans or $150 shirt might look great on you, but are you willing to invest your time, money and effort to make that purchase worthwhile? Be realistic. If not, maybe go with a cheaper version you can just toss in the washer and dryer instead. Save for a few essential items. That's what I'll be doing.
Quality clothes last longer for the money you spend, they're more comfortable and they make you look and feel pretty good while you wear them. Best of all, you can find quality anywhere. It comes down to buying less mediocre stuff and using that money on a few nice things that last forever.
Never Return Anything Again: How to Buy Clothes You'll Love to Wear [Apartment Therapy]