The Clothes Debate
Do you consider yourself a clothes horse or a fashionista? My friend Amy has worked retail apparel for years for the same store and thus has quite the wardrobe. On a lark she decided to see how long she could go without repeating a single piece of clothing. After six weeks even she came to the realization that she has an excessive amount of clothes.
I, on the other hand, am quite the opposite. I have a handful of t-shirts, some sweatshirts, some sweaters and a couple pairs of pants (mostly jeans). When I left the military and started working in a “business casual” environment I had to go shopping. Lacking any sort of style or inspiration I bought five polo shirts all the same style but in different colors. I also bought a single pair of khaki pants and a single pair of very dark wash jeans. I searched high and low until I found a simple (and inexpensive) pair of brown “wrestling” shoes. In warm months I wear the polo shirts and now that it is colder I wear my sweaters and occasionally a blouse with cardigan. And because I’m sure you are riveted by my wardrobe details I will tell you I own one pair of slacks and a couple blouses that I use for dress up occasions, church, and when I need to be more businessy. That’s it. A couple of my clothes are quite cute, I have a couple pieces from Anthropologie, but most are simply utilitarian and lack style. But they all function and that’s really what matters to me.
Occasionally I will swoon over something in JCrew or Anthropologie but practicality in function and budget usually win out and I’m fine with that. I would much rather have a very stylish and well decorated home then clothes. Perhaps because I see my house but I don’t see what I’m wearing most of the day? Who knows. I do know I would much rather spend money on decorating my house, getting just the right lamp or some really awesome art work than Jimmy Choo shoes or a Coach purse.
How do you express your personal style? What would you rather spend your money on?