Have you ever considered the link between wearing cheap clothes and your self esteem? As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more aware of what I was putting on my body, and I started to notice that wearing cheap clothes made me feel bad about myself.
First, let’s clarify how I define cheap clothes. As an avid discount shopper who also loves buying vintage, cheap clothing has nothing to do with the amount of money you spend. It’s about the quality of the pieces – the fabrication, the construction and the design.
Click play to watch the video where I share how wearing cheap clothes hurts your self esteem.
And read on for more stylist tips!
Cheap Isn’t Sustainable
In my 20s I had more flexibility with my style. I didn’t notice the shortcomings of cheap clothes because they still looked good on my 20 something body.
As I’ve aged, my style has become more about quality than quantity. I don’t need 50 short sleeve tops. It only takes a few to make me happy. And I’d much rather have those pieces well made with a higher price so I carry that high quality vibe through my day. (Here’s how to feel better about your style with small upgrades.)
What’s Right For Your Self Esteem
One of the main reasons I stopped shopping fast fashion is because I don’t like wearing the same thing as everybody else. This is exactly what happens when you buy clothes from Zara, H&M or The Gap. It bugs me when I see another woman walking down the street in my dress!
It also feels good to not shop at stores with low ethical standards.
The Ick Factor
Then there’s the obvious reasons for not wearing cheap clothes. Those fabrics don’t feel nice on my skin. When I put on a low quality garment, it’s itchy. Sometimes it makes me sweaty. And other times it clings in weird ways. I hate when a cheap skirt bunches up. It doesn’t feel good, and it certainly doesn’t look good either.
Not Measuring Up
When something drapes strangely on your body it creates an odd shape. Seeing this malfunction may make you ask, Is it the design? Or is it my body? Well, often it’s because the manufacturer cut corners in the design. And the last thing you need is to be fidgeting with your clothes because of a poorly designed garment. Cheap clothing is often unreliable. And your self esteem deserves way better!
Have you noticed a difference in how you feel when you wear cheap clothes?
Hi, Elysha, it’s been awhile, but I’ve had trouble with my comments on blogs showing up. Very interesting post. I try and look at the material of the clothes I’m going to buy and pick the ones that seem like they will last. Cost is always important so I guess we should try and get the best for the best buck. Hope this comment shows up 🙂
Hi Michele! Nice to see you😊 and yes- I love getting good value too.
I’m finding as I get older (68) cheap clothes just don’t have the cut or finish for my figure/style now. I’ll leave the cheapies to the youngters who can get away with almost anything! But I still want stylish clothes and not frump.
So true how when we were younger we could get away with more. But we can still be stylish!