If there's one main stereotype about females, especially those in college, it is that they love to go clothes shopping. I am no exception to that rule, as I love to go to the mall with my friends and buy the perfect pair of curve-fitting jeans or brightly colored blouse. Every time I come home with new clothing, my gram just looks at me and asks how much it costs.
Gram and I got into a discussion one day about why I buy name-brand clothing when I could just go to Walmart or Target and get the same thing for less. I didn't have an answer. I just knew that I liked clothes from the mall or outlets better. After thinking about her question for a bit, I came to a conclusion that I think many girls can relate to. Allow me to explain.
As I mentioned above, I am picky when it comes to where I buy my clothing from. Most things that I own come from a certain place. I buy my leggings at Forever 21, my bras from Victoria Secret, my underwear from Aeropostale and Victoria Secret, and my jeans from Kohl's. I believe that these stores sell the best quality of those items.
When I buy clothing, I expect two things: the piece looks good on me and I can wear it for a long time. Yes, bras from Victoria Secret are pricey, but they last when compared to Walmart bras that are only $15. What is the point of buying two bras from Walmart for $30 that are going to last just a few months and are not that comfortable when you can go to Victoria Secret and spend about $25 more for two bras that are comfortable and are going to last a long time? In my opinion, spending a bit more money the first time is better than having to spend another $30 two times in the future.
I will admit that buying name-brand clothes can get expensive. However, I have a few tips that you can use to help make the most of your money. First off, be on the lookout for sales and coupons on store websites and their apps. Most stores will advertise a day or two in advance. Secondly, if you shop at a store avidly, remember to sign up for their email list. Yes, it can get annoying sorting through all of the emails, but you can score some great deals and coupon codes when you are on their lists. Third, take time to look around the store, especially at clearance items. Just because something is on clearance does not mean that it is ripped or damaged. It could simply be out of season or not selling as well. Similarly, do not expect to walk into a store and immediately find two shirts and a pair of pants that you will buy. Shopping takes time. Finally, remember to try stuff on and think about what you will wear it with and when. Thinking about these things before you buy an item and making sure it looks good on you will save you time and money in the long run.
This article is not meant to bash anyone for the clothes they wear. I myself buy shirts and other things from Walmart and Target when I find something cute. This is simply meant to show readers that the next time you see a girl who is wearing all name-items, do not think of her as the rich girl. Think of her as the savvy shopper.