When It Comes To Fashion, I’m A Cheapskate

You know what I’d love to do one day, I’d love to go clothes shopping. But not shopping for the usual types of clothes I buy that are more about comfort and price, I mean for fashion pieces, clothes that make a statement, clothes that you see in magazines or on fashion blogs. It’s a dream, just a dream.

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:

  1. I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum who doesn’t require fancy clothes. 
  2. I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum, I don’t work and therefore I cannot afford to buy lots of nice clothes.
  3. I am a Mum, a Stay at Home Mum, my son sees me most and does not care about what I wear. 
  4. I am a Mum, I don’t want paint, food, dirt etc to get on expensive and nice clothes.
  5. I am a Mum, therefore I dress for comfort.
  6. 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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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. February 6, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    I think Kmart, Big W & Valley Girl have some really good pieces! I like shopping for bargains too.. Gives me a thrill to find so thing resale nice that I like, at a very affordable price :p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • February 7, 2014 / 6:45 am

      They do Ai. Sometimes I’m not sure what a bargain is or not when it comes to the more expensive clothes! Silly I know.

  2. February 7, 2014 / 2:01 am

    Im living in tshirts and bonds shorts at the moment. I do like to have a few nice staples for those child free and extra special occasions though. These items I always tend get on sale. Half price, SOLD! You have to feel extra nice sometimes!!

    • February 7, 2014 / 6:45 am

      Yes, I’m seeing a lot of people talk about sales, I need to look out for these and I think I need to go to a different shopping center.

  3. February 7, 2014 / 3:31 am

    I love designer stuff but I source mine on Ebay! I have scored so many good items, (many new), and for a fraction of their original cost. Thank god for stores like my new fav Big W, who stock good pieces for barely anything! (This is not a sponsored comment!)

    • February 7, 2014 / 6:46 am

      I think I’ll have to look on Ebay again, most of the time I’ve looked it’s really ugly stuff and I get nervous about buying it and receiving it and it’s horrible!

  4. February 7, 2014 / 5:25 am

    I am with the buy quality with mix and match, HOWEVER, particularly in winter, the $5 undergarments from Kmart or BigW to keep you warm are my saviour. Target has loads of things that you can disguise with a “label” or select piece.
    The only thing I really do say in defence is that some of this stuff lasts so much longer. My husband lives in Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfigher. They just last and last, so the expense is minimal, plus they cater for his height.
    In my case, the frigging hand washing bullshit, does my head in! However, once again, they last longer, I wear them more than anything else in my wardrobe (pay per wear) and I feel really ‘special’ in them.
    You figure out what works for you.

    • February 7, 2014 / 6:47 am

      Yep, I understand what you mean Becc and I really need to get in this mindset. I have heard about the pay per wear, and it really does make sense but I still feel terrible spending so much on clothes!

  5. February 7, 2014 / 5:58 am

    You speak my language! I’m exactly the same. Big W and Target are my go to places. Occasionally I shop online, but still keep to a similar budget, $10 for tops and $30-40 for dresses. Actually I rarely buy dresses. Most of the time I am in tops and shorts anyway. I think there is something to be said for mixing and matching a few good pieces, but it’s not my strong area.

    • February 7, 2014 / 6:48 am

      Yes, I’m slowly learning that perhaps I could give it a try one day (the quality pieces that is) but I’m not ready yet.