Help me dress like a grown-up, without blowing a grown-up's salary.
June 14, 2012 11:01 AM Subscribe
I have way, way, WAY too many clothes. I want to clear out my closet and replace most of this junk with a few tasteful, expensive staples that I rely on more often. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of money right now and will soon have even less upon entering grad school, so what should I be spending my money on?
posted by zoomorphic to clothing, beauty, & fashion (28 answers total) 61 users marked this as a favorite
I tend to buy clothes that are fun but cheap, and it shows. My main staples are H&M, random stuff from Beacon's Closet (midscale thrift store in NYC), and ASOS. My closet holds an entropic amount of $20-40 shirts, $50 dresses and $60 shoes. With the exception of a couple items (beautiful blouse from a sample sale, vintage dress I randomly found at a flea market), none of them will last me more than a few seasons either because they're too trendy or they fall apart in the wash.
Over the summer, I am going to haul most of these clothes in garbage bags and donate them to Good Will. Then I am going to slowly build a new wardrobe for a woman who is almost 30 years old. What should I buy? Where should I buy it from? How can I save money on some really well-made pieces of clothing? What stores offer staples that are worth their price tag?
Details: I'm 5'3" and 120lbs, small-chested and somewhere between hourglass and pear-shaped. I love dresses, ballet flats, skirts, and heels, but I'm not very good at walking in anything higher than 3". My weakness is too-fussy clothes that are trendy for only a season or two, and I'd like to settle on things that are more classic and grown-up looking.