It’s that time of the year. Time to stock up on summer basics for your wardrobe. These may be for this year or you may be planning ahead for next year. That’s what I do. I wait until summer basics like tank tops, shorts, etc., go on clearance and then stock up for next year. Basics like tank tops and camisoles (not silky ones but cotton) wear out quickly when you wear them a lot during hot, humid summer days. It doesn’t matter if you pay quite a bit for them or if you get them cheap; they get stained from sweat and discolored from all of the times you wash them due to dirt.
I’m not a proponent of cheap, low quality fashion because most people don’t shop a lot and end up wearing what they have at least a day or two a week. This means if you buy cheap clothes, they will end up wearing out very quickly due to wear and cleaning. And since you don’t shop often, you keep wearing them hoping no one will notice the stains, pills, holes, threads, etc. For garments, especially ones you wear to work regularly, such as pants, jackets, tops, dresses and skirts, pay as much as you can afford-stretch a little. It will be worth it because they’ll last longer and look good longer.
My exception to this rule are basics that you’ll only wear one season or that you layer under other things for modesty or as part of your look. An example is tank tops, like I mention above. I went to Walmart today for something else and happened to walk past the t-shirt, tank top and shorts section. I noticed the tank tops were marked down to $3. This is quite a deal. I layer my tank tops under other tops that may be somewhat see-thru or just to add more interest to my outfit, so I bought a bunch.
When you see a deal, no matter where it is, on seasonal basics, stock up. Next spring, you’ll be happy you did.