Why It’s Good to Spend Money on Quality

October 11, 2010 · 13 comments

in Timeless, Tips

Hey Gents,

Just wanted to take a moment to admire a little detail I discovered on some of the J.Crew shirts I picked up recently. This plaid button-down has a chambray lining on the inside of the collar band, along the sleeve placket, as well as on the side seam detail.

If you’re anything like me, you can appreciate the little details of a well-made item. These details are often hidden; the wearer being one of the few who actually notices.

Katie of Fifth&Brannan incorporates little details into her pieces, almost as a special gift to her customer. In fact, her target market is the kind of man who can appreciate small things such as this.

Superior quality is worth the money

In sticking with the theme of wardrobe minimalism, when you find a piece you really love, get it… even if it happens to cost more than you would normally spend. It’s okay to spend money on a well-made piece if you’re absolutely certain you love it, know it will last years, and will use it often.

My point is this: When faced with a choice, buy fewer, but superior-quality items. If you’re the type to appreciate one-of-a-kind, personalized details in your clothing, spend a little more for them, especially if the garment is well-made. We can’t always buy these higher-priced items, but when you find something that you examine and try on and love, and sleep on, and still can’t stop thinking about, just get it. You’ll be happy you did.

What quality items do you have in your closet? How many sub-par pieces can you replace with one really great, well-made piece?

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Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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