I went to see the movie Crazy Stupid Love the other day. My wife and I wanted to go on a date, so I suggested that we see this movie. From the previews, I expected a straight up romantic comedy. It’s not that I thought that I would hate the movie, I just thought that it wouldn’t be quite “my thing”. Well, it was, and for a very unexpected reason. Ryan Gosling. No, not the scene where he takes his shirt off, and not even because of the way that he acts or because he is a pickup artist. I really, truly, just liked his clothes.
Which is a little odd for me to say, because I have never really been interested in fashion before. I’ve been wearing jeans since I was 14 years old, and I was relatively sure that graphic t-shirts are the be all and end all of upper body wear. I have never been confused for someone who is fashionable, and I blame that solely on two reasons. First, I’ve just plain never been interested. For me, clothes were always functional – in that they kept me from being too hot, or cold, or naked. Wearing something solely for the way that it looks seemed downright silly. Second, fashion can be expensive. When I first married my wife, I was absolutely shocked at how much she was willing to spend on a pair of jeans. I still have to fight the urge to run away from denim that costs more than $20.
So I have gotten a little better about investing money in good quality articles of fashionable clothing (like $30 jeans. woo!). I have begun to recognize that it can be worth it to put more money down upfront for proper fitting clothes. Not only are they more likely to last longer, but you’re more likely to continue to wear them if they actually fit well. While I don’t recommend you take this as permission to go out and purchase some ridiculously expensive clothes, there are some things you can do to be in fashion on a budget.
Slow and Steady Sales
As you might be able to tell, fashion can be very expensive. It can also be very addicting, and it is one of those things that just never stops. No matter how many shirts you buy, there is always one more that you could use to really round out your wardrobe. Therefore, what I recommend is to always having a budget, focus on the core basics, and purchase clothes that can be worn through every season. Also, if you want your wardrobe to really last, try to get clothes that have a timeless sense of style to them, so that they won’t be out of fashion in 6 months.