10 Timeless Fashion Tips

Use these ten timeless fashion tips to get the most out of the money you spend on your wardrobe.

  1. Classic Coats, Trendy T-Shirts A general rule of thumb: spend a little more on high-quality classic pieces when you’re shopping for long-lasting items like coats; go cheap and trendy on items that get worn-out quickly, like t-shirts. There isn’t much sense in spending hundreds of dollars on a t-shirt, considering that you risk staining it, ripping it, or otherwise ruining it on the first wearing. There also isn’t much sense in spending hundreds on a faddish coat that would outlast the trend and then hang around unworn in your closet after the fad dies.

  2. Real Jewelry Has Lasting Value. Cheap, trendy jewelry has its place. But when you buy a cheap piece, keep in mind that it is likely to turn green, break, and look dated after you wear it a few times. If you’re looking to build long-term value into your wardrobe, it’s better to buy one stunning piece made of genuine precious metal than it is to buy dozens of junk pieces.

  3. Buy Only Comfortable Clothing. Don’t waste your money on clothing that itches, constricts you, or doesn’t fit right. Likewise reject pieces that are too short, or too low-cut, unless you’re totally comfortable and confident wearing such items. It doesn’t matter how good that piece looks; if it’s uncomfortable you probably won’t wear it much. It’s better to spend your money on pieces you’ll want to wear over and over again.

  4. When in Doubt, Buy Black. Fashion designers and retailers work with new, trendy color palettes every season; after that season has passed, some of the color choices might start to look dated. Black, however, is a color that’s never going to look out-of-date.

  5. White Shirts or Tops Have Staying Power. White on top is a great idea for the same reasons; white is less likely to look dated than an eye-catching color is.

  6. Don’t Fixate on Color Trends. When you’re buying new wardrobe staples, Choose colors that look good on you; don’t purchase anything just because that color is popular right now. If the colors you end up with happen to be trendy colors, great. If not, no worries.

  7. Plan Ahead. Evaluate every potential wardrobe addition by asking yourself the following questions: Will I still want this item a year from now? Five years from now? How will this item look at this time next year? If the answers to any of those questions are unfavorable, it’s not a deal-breaker; of course you can still buy it if you really want it. Keep in mind that you probably do want to avoid spending substantial sums of money on pieces that totally fail this quick quiz. The same money would be better spent on items that pass it.

  8. Buy Clothes for the Life You’re Actually Living. If you only go to parties several times a year, it’s unwise to buy dozens of party dresses; one or two would do. Beyond that, the money would be better spent on clothes you can wear every day, whether it’s work clothes, pajamas for lounging at home, sweats for your workout routine, or outfits appropriate for whatever else you actually do on a day-to-day basis. Sure, buy a few pretty dresses so you aren’t caught unprepared if an interesting invitation comes your way; just don’t overdo it.

  9. Avoid Buying “Orphans.” What’s an orphan? A piece that matches nothing else you own. You could think of your wardrobe as being sort of like a family; you want all the pieces to be related in some way, right? It’s a good idea to buy pieces that work into the wardrobe you already have. Focus on buying items that go well with other items you enjoy wearing regularly.

  10. Before Buying a New Garment, Give It the Shoe Test. Meaning, determine whether you’ll need to buy new shoes to go with it. If so, you’ll have to consider the cost of the shoes in addition to the cost of the item; otherwise you’re in danger of ending up with another orphan. In most cases, it’s wiser and thriftier to buy pieces that match the shoes you already own – unless you’ve already decided that your shoe wardrobe is ready for an update too. Also, if you do decide to buy an item where new shoes are needed, you’ll want to make sure that matching shoes are actually available as soon as possible after you purchase the new garment Allow enough time to return the piece if you can’t find matching shoes; be sure to save your receipt and keep it in a safe place until you’ve put the entire look together.