Oh, this is a question that a lot of people makes me when we are about to start the personal shopping experience. It, actually, didn’t surprised me that much when I found that same question on Quora, but what actually surprised me a lot is that the question had some following from other Quora people, but only one answer (which is like 2 lines long). This frequent inquire have made me answer to my clientes very clearly about it, and I believe it would be nice if I share here too my thoughts and experience about this.
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The long story- short answer is> It all depends. There are several considerations, such as:
a) How many clothes you already have (and can still be worn for a while).
b) What do you do for a living; as it will determine what kind of clothes you actually need and help you set a budget.
c) How much money you can and want to set apart for spending on clothes.
d) When do you want to do the shopping, as in what time of the year.
e) Where do you live. It is not the same to be living in Southern California than to live in Michigan, specially during winter time.
f) Your personal style. We all have a mix of styles already set in our mind and we translate that to our wardrobe choices.
g) The reason(s) you think you should invest in new clothing. For example, it might be because you want to get more adventurous with your style/game or because your current clothes are rags and/or have holes that shouldn’t be in certain areas.
These are just to illustrate the point of relativism when it comes to setting a budget for clothing. I would say that it is better to have a solid 5 to 7 high quality pieces (and, most probably, from the expensive side of the line) in your closet that you can mix and match with non expensive trendy ones, which shouldn’t make your wallet cringe.
Also, you don’t have to buy all the most expensive pieces of wardrobe at once. Instead, save for them (I would consider around $250- $500 USD for each of them on average) and get them whenever you can following the “most worn” rule, that is: Get the pieces in the order that you know you will be wearing more often. This means that you might want to get a great winter coat in the middle of May. If that is your first basic piece to buy, bear in mind that you most probably wont be wearing it for the next 6 months. However, a 100% solid white or navy button down shirt is a piece that can be worn once and again all year long. So, in this case it is better to invest in, at least, two of those first. Of course, the Winter coat might be on sale in May, but it shouldn’t be your priority if you don’t already have something like the much more resourceful basic shirts.
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