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When Buying Something Expensive Can Be Worth It...

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This post is for all the frugalistas out there.  I was clearing out my closet the other day when I came across my favourite pair of jeans.  They’re Hudsons (you know, the jeans Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl, and Kate Hudson wear). Of course I took a minute to admire them- so much so I took a picture of them lol…  I bought them about three years ago in the states, and I’ll admit, they were over $100.  $150 to be exact.  Back then, I vowed to myself to never ever buy $100+ pair of jeans.    When I look back though, I wear these jeans a LOT.  Probably about 80% of the time.  They always fit nicely, they make my small butt look decent (the secret is the pocket placement, girls), and they don’t give me a muffin top (which is a look that is getting harder and harder avoid achieving these days, believe me).  They haven’t even torn yet (knock on wood).

I have a philosophy when it comes to clothes shopping.  If something makes you look good, I mean- really good, and you know you’re going to wear it a lot, and it’s a key staple, then you should buy it.  I often think of money spent on clothes as “cost per use”.  So the first time I wore those jeans, they were $150.  The second time, they cost $75/day.  The third time, they cost $37.50… you get the point.  I know it’s not mathematical or scientific by any means, but I feel that the more I wear something, the more “worth it” it becomes.  You’ll know it’s worth the money you spent on it when you’ve used it so many times that you’ve lost count.

I used (er.. sometimes still am) to be a hardcore warehouse sale shopper.  Sometimes I would buy something because it was a good deal.  I would get a pair of brand name jean shorts that normally cost $89 for only $16.  Trying it on in the change room, I would tell myself “hmm it looks alright…it’s a bit high waisted for me, but it’s such a good deal!  I’m sure I’ll get good use out of it”.  Then I would wear it once and realize how terrible those jean shorts look and then they would sit in my closet for a good year.  I would try my best to love them, but it usually never works out.

Those $16 pair of jean shorts, that $10 top, that $25 dress.  They all add up and accumulate in a neglected pile in your closet.  However, if something’s on sale and  you absolutely love it and  you can see yourself wearing it all the time and putting good use with it (e.g. if it was a key wardrobe staple, something that you need, etc), that’s even better!

I’m just saying that sometimes things that are regular priced and a bit more expensive can be justified (at times).  Especially if you often have a hard time fitting jeans that make you feel good about yourself.  Now I’m not advocating for you to all buy a dozen pair of $100+ jeans.  One or two pairs is enough I think.  Nor am I advocating for you all to go on and shop til you drop at Christian Louboutin (where shoes are over $1000+), there is a reasonable limit, wouldn’t you say? 😉

PS… I went to Macy’s recently and saw some Hudson jeans again.  I was very tempted to buy another pair in a different wash, but resisted the temptation and am proud of myself for doing so. 🙂  I did go so far as to try them on though!

Readers, do you own a pair of $100+ jeans? Do you have a few key pieces that you believe are okay to spend a bit of extra money on? Do you have the same “calculations” I use to justify a piece of clothing (or am I just weird)?

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