It’s been hot as balls here in SF lately, and as I pace around all sweaty in my dark denim, people are walking around dressed as if they’re in South Beach Miami.
Can’t blame them, though. It’s way too hot for heavy denim. So I hopped on down to Old Navy tonight and snagged like 5 pairs of shorts. My total was $112. Not bad, considering that before I even thought of Old Navy, I was about to drop $50-$60 on just one pair.
I don’t always shop based on price though. If you’re a long-time EG reader, you know that I advocate buying quality when it matters, and skimping a bit when it doesn’t.
I spend money on good shoes, good liquor, good electronics… things I like and want a good experience owning / using. But when it comes to, say, boxer briefs, I’m okay with whatever Target carries.
Basics: Worth the splurge or okay to skimp?
So there are two schools of thought when it comes to purchasing the basics:
A. Get high quality pieces because you’ll wear them all the time, or
B. Get more affordable versions because you’ll wear them out and eventually have to replace them
Which camp do you belong to?
With a plain white T-shirt, maybe it’s more cut and dry which camp you side with.
How about with something like a khaki blazer?
Definitely not a basic anymore, but still, they’re offered at wildly varying price points. See below.
To be fair, I know there are plenty of factors at play (fabric, construction, overall quality, country of origin, etc.) but the question isn’t necessarily about those factors. It’s simply about how important certain types of clothes are to you, and how you decide if it’s important to splurge, or okay to skimp.
Let’s get a good discussion going
I think it’s interesting, because if you think about it (and if you’re super objective like me, ha!), the argument can go either way and there are valid points to both.
Ultimately, it depends on what is most important to you, but I want to hear your reasoning behind your choices.
So leave em in the comments, wouldja?
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