8/24/12

the age old question... quality or quantity????

my summer closet 2012

Today I have been asking myself the question, "is it better to have more choices or better to have nicer choices."  I was going through my closet and found that most things that have staying power are the ones that are from my favorite brands (mostly kate spade, some j crew and ralph lauren.)  All of the Marshall's, TJMaxx and Target purchases seem to be hanging around for one season only.  I am asking myself if this is because they weren't expensive so I don't value them or is it because they weren't really that great in the first place.
new blazer from target $34

After my post yesterday on the Target Blazers I started thinking... Is it better to buy 4 blazers from Target or one from J Crew.  I really like the fit of the Target Blazers and that they are not 100% wool because I can wear them in the fall in Houston.  But, will they make it to next season or just be disposable clothing.  My Ralph Lauren blazer has been through two seasons and is still going strong.  Is this because I like it or because it is a $300 jacket?  I would love some input on this subject and to hear your philosophy about quality or quantity.  I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

xoxo,
Sandee

8 comments:

Z said...

Unfortunately, I have both, and the problem is that it becomes very expensive! I basically only shop with three boutique designers for clothes and most of their items average out at around $300. Thing is though, I haven't had to cull anything from my closet because it's all still in very good condition. I have cardigans and coats from almost 10 years ago now that are still going strong.

The downside is that having such an expensive and expansive wardrobe makes it difficult to remember exactly what you have. I can't tell you the number of times I've been searching for a particular item, and come across two or three other things still hanging in my wardrobe with tags on that I'd completely forgotten about. If you're not easily bored with your clothes (like I am), I say go for quality over quantity.

The Green Hillionaire said...

I tend to skip over tops that I LOVE in favor of three or four sale tops that I like because they're cheaper. Because they're usually on clearance, the fit is usually either weird or a trendy cut, and I only keep it for a season.

On the other hand, my more expensive pieces that I've invested in have lasted many seasons. It's usually the stitching or the quality of the dye that goes first, and neither of those is a problem with higher-quality items. It's cheaper in the long run to spend a little more at the start, I think.

redwhitebride said...

I remember an article on businessweek about the high cost of cheap clothing, basically about us spending a lot of money on low quality clothing items that don't last (low quality material, bad stitching, weird fit etc). I generally opt for more versatile quality items on sale (e.g., blazer or pencil skirt will not go out of style, so it's ok to wait until one goes on sale).

Lydia N. said...

Z is right, it is an expensive problem! I realized I spend too much money on clothing that doesn't get worn because of the quality and fit.

In my opinion, wearing a $300 jacket for years is much cheaper than buying a $20 jacket that I don't wear. Because it is getting used, and is kept for a longer period of time, the more expensive piece is less costly when all factors are considered. It's also better on the environment to not buy disposable fashion. I have a few tops that I love, they have lasted over 5 years. Every season, I buy a few trendy tops, but keep going wearing the one's I already have and love.

Sandee Royalty said...

It sounds like collecting clothes is like a hobby for you. It is a full time job keeping up with everything though!
xo,
Sandee

Sandee Royalty said...

Maybe a few of each kind each season is a good balance. A little Kate spade and a little forever 21 mixed together. :-)
xo,
Sandee

Sandee Royalty said...

That is where the Kate spade outlet comes on for me! I get so much more bang for my buck there!

Sandee Royalty said...

I have started looking at the cost per wear of my clothing instead of cost to purchase. Something like a pair of Kate spade jeans that I wear every week vs a pair from target that I have Worn once. The Kate spade wins hands down!
xo,
Sandee