The Amortization of StyleI remember the first time I spent over $100 on a pair of pants. They were black stretch from Barneys and made my butt look great! I remember being so hesitant to pull the trigger, to cross that symbolic spending threshold of ‘you spent WHAT on WHAT??!!’

However, those pants became the go-to for every occasion in which I needed to look good. I finally retired them after many years of wear, dry-cleaning, repairs, folding and unfolding, and the natural neglect a 20 year old assigns to her stuff. They were worth every penny and taught me an invaluable style lesson: when you pay more, you get more.

Very often, spending more money will garner a bigger return in the form of longevity. Since the clothing is made of higher quality materials, constructed with more time and attention spent to detail, it will stay a part of your wardrobe for years, not months, amortizing its cost.

Additional returns on your investment come in the way of better silhouettes, a wider variety of colors, enhanced detailing (buttons, clasps, trims, etc) and more originality. So consider upgrading appropriately. Three $20 Target tops equal one from J.Crew and on up the spectrum until you end with a closet full of beautiful items that although cost in the short run, saved in the long.



  1. but for stay at home moms?

    I agree with what you say above, but would you still say this to a messy stay at home mom of a messy little girl? I tend to buy “basics” at old navy and jcrew factory b/c we are so rough on my “mommy uniform clothes”. i’m basically buying new short sleeve tees every spring and new long sleeve tees every fall b/c last year’s clothes are stained and pilled. 😀

    • liz

      Hi. I would split your shirts up according to function, with the Old Navy items as your *at home* uniform and your nicer items for when you are out. Thanks for your comment.

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