A Guide To A High Mileage Wardrobe

Friday, April 25, 2014

A smart and sharp Victoria Beckham cotton shirt would cost you approximately $500 at the point of purchase. But if you incorporate it into your daily ensembles once a week for a year, it amounts up to less than 10 dollars per wear. My point is that it is the premium material and workmanship that goes into creating a long lasting garment. It all adds to the experience of wearing the garment because they make you feel like a million dollars every time you put them on.


The fashion industry of the 21st century is one that is of intense velocity. In order to stay on top of the game, brands have been constantly reinventing themselves. They employ emotional appeal and create moments out of moods to tug at our heartstrings. That, of course persuades us to part with our money to buy into the new, the exotic and the extraordinary. 

However, we often forget that trends develop quickly and fade away the moment the perception of novelty disappears. True style and substance are often lost in the chaos of this fast-paced consumerism. We often find ourselves in situations where we stand in front our bursting wardrobe, pulling our hair out, trying to assemble an outfit. 

You might spot a shirt in your closet that you hadn't worn in awhile and decided to slip it on because you are out of ideas. Then, you remembered the reasons why you stopped wearing it. The shirt had gone out of shape and the fabric clung on to all the wrong places. You feel terrible in it. 

Looking good everyday seems like a challenging task. But if you think about it, it's easy to be well put together everyday when all your clothes in your wardrobe are your favourite clothes.

Ditch the current fast disposable fashion culture that is driven by conspicuous consumption. Do you know that we usually wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time? We are always shopping a lot and throwing away little bits of money every time we go into a store. This results in huge quantities of mediocre clothing that does not seem to be able to withstand the test of time and wears. 

Invest in durable, quality items that are anonymous enough to be worn season after seasons, and versatile to work anywhere and everywhere. It is important to pay close attention to the fit, cut, and fabric of the apparels. Quality is the key pillar to building a high mileage wardrobe, and although the price points might sway towards the higher end, it is still hardly considered as an extravagance. 


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