Do Fashion and Frugal Belong in the Same Sentence?
First of all, I think that all of the frugal fashion divas out there have my undying admiration. They offer outstanding tips on looking good, without spending a lot of money – and they have your best interests at heart.
That being said, the extent to which a person embraces fashion, is sort of at expense of their frugality. Being frugal means that you don’t buy a lot of stuff, so you don’t need too much space . There is always an aspect of minimalism that is wrapped up in frugality. A closet full of clothes is at odds with that.
There is also an environmental and sustainability question involved with fashion. The more land we turn over to the farming of textile crops – the less land is available for food production. There is actually a virtue to having fewer clothes in your closet.
I have always spent around $200 a year on clothes. These are usually bought at department stores, and in styles that are pretty bland and timeless. Golf shirts, polos, chinos, jeans, hoodies and oxford shirts just don’t go out of style. I have never bought a pair of acid washed jeans or rugby pants or a velour shirt.