I see so many posts on social media, blogs and pictures in magazines showing every day styles and outfit suggestions, outfits to wear when you pick up the kids from school, outfits to wear on a date, casual day wear and people sharing photos of outfits they have just purchased, and unless they’re from the places I shop for my clothes (Kmart, Big W, ValleyGirl), I just can’t grasp the idea of spending say, $100 on a tank top currently stocked at Witchery or $90 for a shift dress currently stocked at Portmans. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of these clothes and would love to own them, but I could have bought 10 tops for that $100 or 3 dresses for $90, but I wouldn’t have, I would have just bought a $10 top and a $30 dress that are still nice and good enough for me.
Unless I want a huge credit card debt or no savings, it’s just not feasible. I do not have a fashion budget because there are many more important things to spend the money on, so I just peruse and dream and then bring myself back to reality and remind myself that:
- I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum who doesn’t require fancy clothes.
- I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum, I don’t work and therefore I cannot afford to buy lots of nice clothes.
- I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum, my son sees me most and does not care about what I wear.
- I am a Mum, I don’t want paint, food, dirt etc to get on expensive and nice clothes.
- I am a Mum, therefore I dress for comfort.
- People don’t have to know where my clothes are from and how much they are, as long as I look good and feel good, that’s all that matters to me. These days you can get clothes that look just as good without the label or the price tag, well that’s what I try remind myself until the cheapies start to show their true colours.
But I know there will be someone that will say “why not spend some money on a few good quality staple items for your wardrobe and then mix and match and they’ll last longer” and I’d say “yes, I agree but how boring”. After a couple of months of swapping and switching through a handful of items, I’d want new ones and I’d have to go out and spend more money again.
So, I guess that until I get a decent income for myself again (or we win the lotto), it’s gonna be singlets, cheap dresses and shorts as the staple in my wardrobe and I guess I’m OK with that.
So, what’s your wardrobe like?
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