Coming from an immigrant family, I grew up very frugal. It wasn’t until middle school when my family started shopping for clothes in actual stores, and even then, we’d only go to cheaper places like Winner’s and Urban Planet (they were pretty ghetto back in the day). So that’s how I’ve become the type of person who thinks $20 for a top is steep. However, I learned that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look put together. Here are some Holy Grail tips passed from one fashionista to another on how to look fabulous for cheap.
We all have moments when we fall in love with a totally rad garment…until we see the price tag. Yes, I’m talking about those times when we question if $60 for this top is worth it. It’s about investment pieces nowadays. Meanwhile, our inner hoarders will try to convince us that everything is worth investing in. Over the years (and tons of trial and error), I’ve come to make peace with my inner clothing goblin. Here is my wardrobe spending guide- aka. when to splurge and when to save.
What is your oldest clothing item in your closet?
Mine happens to be over 20 years!!! It is the denim skirt I bought for myself in my high school years, and for some reason, I have a difficulty getting rid of it. Each year, I decided to purge my closet and faced with this particular clothing item, I am paralyzed. Typically, I can make decisions fairly quickly and decisively; however, when it comes to this ITEM, I am stuck! While having a conversation in my head about why “I need to keep it for one more year, just in case” talk, I inevitably end up keeping it each year. I suppose my need to “keep it for one more year” reasons could be varied: sentimental value, style coming back, and also the ego boosting quality about the item, I CAN STILL FIT into the clothing item I wore in my high school years! Continue reading →