How to prolong your closet wear
I mostly grow up with people that up dress for any occasion - with me the only one being casual in tee and jeans - I was the poor kid.
These days, the bare minimum I would wear is a shirt and jeans with ballet shoe and with a jacket or blazer at hand. Printed T-shirts comfy is uncomfortable for me outside the home. Don't you hate it when you bump into a situation you hope you had dressed your best, especially when you have spent so much money in buying the clothes?
I like the fact that our society doesn't over emphasise on outward appearance here as compare to some countries, but it's a simple truth that looking good brings a lot of joy and energy to our life. From a good finance point of view, our spending on clothes should be 4-6% of our disposable income, and not exceeding one month of yearly pay, including bags and shoes. So it's important that we keep the cost in control.
Here are some simple and useful ways to make the best of your closet. (No sewing class to attend)
1. Develop the style that favours your budget.
Unless your job is to entertain or you have pretty high resources at your disposal, chances are fancy prints and colourful clothes will not work in favour of your finance. A generic rule is to buy clothes made of structured cloth so it doesn't lose its shape. Cotton dress, for example, will only give you 5 wears good and 20 washes at maximum. But a fitting cotton shirt is a good choice in our hot weather. Start building with solid colours. Dark colour always look more expensive than bright colour. Patterns should be geometrical or a good french lace, preferably no animal, floral or rainbow prints because that trend runs too fast. Also avoid odd ribbons, ruffles, and buckles if you planning to wear longer than a year.
Am not going into what sort of detergent to save cost but simple hand-washing does keep your cloth looking new longer. Then, of course, you should balance between your time spent and worth in cost. If your top is RM20 (which is a good money choice), just let washing the machine (the best ever invention) do the job. I believe Levi's jeans is built to last, mine gone into more than 150 washing machine cycle and still doing great.