Just because you are watching your pennies that is no excuse for losing any sense of style that you possess. Being frugal is even more a reason to dress well because you can not afford to make fashion mistakes. Clothing it seems is ruled by the 80/20 rule, which is we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time.
I know that I have one dress that whenever I put it on I feel like I am in style. I think we all have that one item that makes us stand up a bit taller, hold our stomachs in and just feel like you can do anything. What we all need is an entire wardrobe of clothing like that dress.
I am a firm believer in less is more in the wardrobe department. I personally don’t like owning lots of clothes for the following reasons: it takes longer to decide what to wear in the morning, your closet is more cluttered which makes it harder to keep track of your clothes, the process of changing over from one season to the next is more of a hassle and after a career of shopping, I don’t really enjoy it any more.
I chose to buy good pieces that will last me many seasons. I do not even go into cheap shops like Primark as I think they are a false economy. I have bought items there in the past that I have loved, then after two washings they bobbled or fell apart. I know this might not be the most popular opinion; I have friends that adore the cheap and cheerful but it is not for me.
I think there is a huge difference between style and fashion. Audrey Hepburn had style where Christina Aguilera works at being fashionable. Being in fashion is a sport for the rich, that can afford to buy a new wardrobe every season, which I am definitely not. I prefer to being stylish (at least I hope so) which is when you wear the clothes not the other way around.
So do you want to know more? This is part one of the Frugal not Frumpy Series. Stop by next week for the next installment, Know Your Palette.