The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.
Quality is a tricky topic because it is a bit subjective. One person’s idea of good quality might be considered poor quality by another. I believe you have to develop your own standards for quality…taking into consideration your lifestyle and budget.
Four points to keep in mind with regards to quality…
1. Buy the best version of an item, at a price you can afford- If Forever 21 t-shirts in 100% cotton for $3.90 are the best you can afford…perfect. Don’t apologize. If a $68 James Perse t-shirt falls within your budget, go for it. They are both terrific options.
2. Price doesn’t dictate quality- Sometimes the version that is less expensive is actually better quality. As seen above…a $3.90 t-shirt can sometimes be the best choice. Well-crafted, high-quality garments are often available on sale or second-hand for a fraction of the original price. Shop wisely and you can often score incredible quality for a small cost.
3. Decide what quality means to you- Do you want to be able to wear your clothing for several seasons? If so, then you should definitely choose carefully to insure that the pieces you add to your wardrobe are of the best possible quality and made to last. If your style is a bit more 'of the moment', you’ll be able to buy items of a lesser quality, because you probably won’t wear them next season.
4. Save for investment pieces- These are the solid, hard-working items in your wardrobe…like a statement coat or a fabulous pair of boots. Do some research and find your perfect option. Then, be patient, make a savings plan and wait until you can afford to purchase the one you really want. You’ll be so glad you didn’t settle for a lesser version.
I’m a strong believer in buying the best version you can find and afford.
I think a well cultivated closet contains several investment pieces…mixed in with some good quality basics and a sprinkling of items that aren’t meant to last for the long haul...like tops, fun jewelry, sweaters. The role of the trendier, non-staple items is to enhance the better pieces...keeping the look fresh and bringing your style to life.
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Thanks for reading. I’d love to know your thoughts on quality. How do you decide what pieces to purchase for your wardrobe?
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,