Perspective


if you had half your usual budget to spend on clothing, would you buy half of what you might normaly buy, or would you spend half of what you normally spend? that is, which would you cut, quality or quantity?

now, do you think if you had double your current spending money, you would buy twice as much as you do, or the same amount, but things twice as nice?

11 comments:

Iheartfashion said...

That's easy: quality over quantity every time.

editor said...

i agree it's an easy hypothetical, but in actual practice, would it truly play out that way. i would answer as you did, at first, but then upon thinking about it, with the right amount of money, would i buy one chanel blazer (or the equivalent) or X number of prada or whomever. do i only own 2 of the very best (that i can afford) of everything now? no. i haven't chosen to actually implement that value, it seems to me.

In Yr Fshn said...

If I had half my budget, I'd go for quantity. Sometimes one must shop and if H&M is the only option, so be it. If I had double the $, I would choose quality.

TravelGretta said...

This sounds like a story problem, which is math.

But I'm excited to hear I have a clothing budget! When does that arrive?

Alexandra said...

Quality over quantity in both situations. No questions about it. I tend to rarely buy trendy, disposable type of pieces anyway...so it would be in keeping with my shopping philosophy.

fashionaddict said...

This might be evidence that I'm not all that fashion-crazed after all - if my clothing budget got cut into half and I couldn't find anything I liked in my budget (that met my requirements for quality and design), I'd rather not buy anything - I'll go buy a book or DVD and some good snacks to munch while I worked my way through it.

If my clothing budget got doubled...no questions, it'll be what I liked, regardless of price. If it happened to be cheap then hurrah, I can buy more, and if it's not, then hurrah, I got something I love to bits.

martha said...

I just deleted my first response, which was "quality over quantity, always" because I realized 2 things. 1, I don't actually "always" make this decision when I opt for, say, an American Apparel t-shirt (in my defense, Dov did sell the company...) over another kind. It gets the job done, but it's hardly the best quality I could find. I settle for it. That is not choosing quality.
and 2, if my budget were cut in half, I can't say that I would buy what I buy now, but less of it, because I don't do that with my regular budget at full capacity - that is, I don't buy just one jacket and make sure it's the very very best that I can afford. No, I buy a few, at different price ranges. And I wouldn't be able to suddenly not be a consumer - if I bought the very best I could, and had less money, I think I would have to make sure it lasted a good long while, so then less shopping for me. It sounds okay in theory, but I don't think I would be very happy.
So your question is making me think, and I don't know exactly what I would do, but I am now aware that I don't actually do what I thought I did, or wanted to do (quality over quantity, etc.).

Gervy said...

I recently did have less than half my usual clothing budget - I had about 10 months off work while I was getting married/moving from London to New York/moving from New York to Sydney.

I bought far fewer clothes than usual during that time. What I did buy was basically average quality basics - plain trousers & layering pieces. And a couple of great tops from Anthropologie (very hard to limit myself to that since I wanted to buy the entire shop).

I love the idea of having twice my wardrobe budget, but I am not sure what difference it would make. With my statuesque proportions (5ft 11", Australian size 14 top and size 16 bottom), my wardrobe choices would be just as limited with double the money.

WendyB said...

Twice as nice, for sure. In the past, whenever I did get a raise, I bought nicer things, not more junk.

a. said...

i think i'd probably be somewhere halfway in-between - i.e. a few more expensive items that were better quality (for example a nice new leather handbag and a leather jacket - two things i have been wanting for a while) but i'd also continue buying some of the cheaper stuff that i do buy, because i find no problem with it. i just don't think every single item in one's closet has to be of the most exacting highest quality. i mean, some of my favorite worn-every-day, fit-me-really-well tops come from forever 21, and i wouldn't pay 4-5 times the price just because i have more money. (and, we did just talk in a previous post about how a higher price does not necessarily mean a higher quality item).

Candid Cool said...

twice as nice. :)