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New Clothes and Affordability

April 23rd, 2010 at 12:39 pm

So I never went into the store, I ended up just going on-line and purchasing clothes. Went by a few basic rules I know for my body shape and a store I've come to be very familiar with their sizes/styles.

Bought a shrug, 2 shirts, a pair of jeans, a pair of pants, pair of cargo pants, and a black dress. All for about $163.

Had I ordered them all at once it probably would have been cheaper ($5 first order, $6 second order, $10 third order) because of shipping but most everything was on sale. Then today when I went online I noticed a few of the items went on sale so I'm going to call today to get a price adjustment. It won't be much but $12 is money.

But hopefully the clothes I bought work out. I really hate having to do returns. I never trust those sizing charts though. The size chart says I'm a size M for tops, but I have SEVERAL pieces from that store & the Mediums that I do have feel like they are going to fall off, but all the Smalls fit.

I wanted to order stuff from Ann Taylor Loft or Banana Republic, but they are sooo expensive. Plus I don't have any pieces from them so I think I actually have to go into the store to see how they fit.

Speaking of affordability, while I was making dinner I heard Entertainment Tonight on the TV give fashion advice and say "This shirt was ONLY $36, add that to these shoes which were ONLY $42, and a pair of slacks for $58 and you have a very affordable outfit"

Are you serious? THAT is affordable?!?!

That is ONE outfit for $136... and I didn't even include their "accessories" they quoted.

I spent $163 and got at least 5 outfits (some I can mix and match with pieces I already own)... and I got them from New York and Company.

If you followed their guidelines of affordable, a new wardrobe would EASILY cost $5000. Me? For a few hundred dollars I'm set (well, except for business suits... the most affordable I can find are still around $100-$200 per suit)

The sad part of that is this is probably why you see people go into a store and say "Well, its ONLY $30." I'm hesitant to spent that amount on one item of clothing unless there is a buy one get one off or half off special. Crazy. DH can buy an ENTIRE OUTFIT for $30 or less.

DD #2 listened to my rant as I told her $136 for ONE outfit is certainly NOT affordable. Most people probably make around $10/hr give or take, so they would have to work two days or so just to pay for the outfit... maybe more if you factor in taxes.

Told her it didn't make sense to me, you have ONE outfit you have to work two days for when you can buy FIVE outfits for approximately the same price, work two days to pay for it, and put the other money in savings or use it to enjoy your life when you aren't at work.

4 Responses to “New Clothes and Affordability”

  1. blackdiamond Says:

    I agree. I have friends who buy Coach purses on sale and say "it's only $120!" For a handbag! The bag I carry to work is classy looking, professional and I got it at Target for $17 on sale 2 years ago. Suits me just fine and I get complimented on it.

  2. miclason Says:

    LOL! I was thinking the same thing the other day. I was looking at a magazine that featured "affordable fashion finds" (as advertised on the cover)...this magazine comes with our office's newspaper subscription, so I didn't have to pay for it...and, yes, in the end it was like: Get this look for ONLY $180 (the cheapest one!).... it's doubly ridiculous here in ES, where minimum wage is $160 a month (pre tax)...

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I agree about magazines and TV saying stuff is so affordable when it isn't. I used to work at a magazine that did that, and I will tell you a secret. That's what advertisers want you to do. Too much cheaper, and they won't advertise because they think your readers are too bottom of the barrel. I guess I'm the bottom!

  4. ambitioussaver Says:

    Lol ThriftORama, I guess I am too. But to be honest, I don't think anyone could tell by looking at me. There seems to be a myth that you have to spend a lot of money to look good.

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