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Do you buy affordable clothing or expensive clothing?


Lets be honest. You can buy clothes for $10 at Sirens these days. And you can also buy skirts for $160 that look similar to the sirens style but are 16 times the price. Which person are you? I am the $10 person because then if it gets ruined or if I don't like the style come next season, I don't have any guilt about giving the clothing piece away or donating to a good cause. 
Mar 29, 2018 @ 12:01 am

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Mostly from VEE VEE Boutique

I buy most of my clothing from Value Village or Plato's Closet. I watch for great deals on high end items at a fraction of the original price, and sometimes just the cheap and cheerful fast fashion items to keep my wardrobe current.
My best recent purchases were a pair of tall pink Doc Martens boots for $18 at Plato's Closet and a black wool/felt baseball cap style winter hat with a big faux fur pom-pom on top, by Kate Spade, less than $10 at Value Village. Both items get huge compliments every time I wear them. I say this: used clothing is just hand-me-downs from people I haven't met.
Jun 23, 2018 @ 08:34 pm

I am definitely...

I am definitely a bargain/thrift store kinda girl!
Jun 24, 2018 @ 12:15 am


I have a mix of both but I will always checkout the sales rack first
Jun 25, 2018 @ 12:13 am


I love a bargain, but I don't like cheap clothing. I will spend lots of time shopping around for good deals for quality items with a decent price tag. Finding a good deal makes me feel good!
Jun 26, 2018 @ 04:49 pm


I like buying affordable clothes because instead of paying 100$ for a skirt, I can buy 10 things for 10$ each :D I usually buy my clothes on sale or thrift shops because they have vintage clothes for 5-7 bucks.
Jun 26, 2018 @ 06:43 pm

I do a mix.

I'm a big Mark's fan, because their basics are solid. Their Denver Hayes everyday soft tees retain shape and color with an abusive washing machine. I only bought one item from them that screwed up. Their shorts, jean shorts, etc are good. I haven't tried their jeans though.

I love to shop Winner's and occasionally splurge on things like jackets, like a rain jacket that cost me like $120 bucks, but I wanted a reason to not avoid going outdoors.

I've always experimented with low-end/high-end. I've been just as happy with a pair of $15 jean shorts from Giant Tiger as I have Nygard stuff. Which even though their demographic is older than my age, their jeans / pants are very forgiving and retain good shape even when you don't actually follow their washing instructions.

I am also a frequenter of Reitmans gotten some nice skirts. For Jeans, I used the mid-rise super skinnies from Old Navy for my perfect fit and they don't even wear out in the crotch for those of us with thighs that rub together.

I splurge on high-end leather boots, except for this one time I got a pair for $20 (Naturalizer) bucks at the Shoe Company (they were reg $180) and I'm in Canada, so that's amazing like a never seen price. I'm getting more into purses though, but still, I have a hard time letting myself spend more than $40.

I often peruse thrift stores for high end goods or new items for cheap prices. Even middle range goods.

I usually find I have to spend a lot of sports bras, because I have lots of boobus. I found this really good one by Nike, but I don't know the type/style to find more cause I got it at winners.
Jun 27, 2018 @ 04:37 am


I like variety, so I go with something cheaper so I can maybe get two!
Jun 27, 2018 @ 07:57 am


I like to find high end clothes at thrift shops. I do notice a difference in quality but can’t spend full price, so I guess I’m in the middle...I would try to find the 160$ skirt for 10$😘
Jun 27, 2018 @ 09:51 am
Ali de Bold

Fast fashion = NO

I don't buy a lot, but what I buy is good quality.  I look at the brand that made it and where the items are produced.

I avoid cheap chain stores completely because of the unethical treatment of the workers making the clothes. Getting paid less than a living wage, in sweatshop conditions is normal in this industry.  If you aren't familiar with any of these stories (and there are many) you can read a bit about that here and here.

The second reason I avoid "fast fashion" is because it is horrible for the environment.   Tons and tons of clothing is thrown into landfills every year.  Donations to third world countries (that's where most of our donations end up) is bad for the local economy because, why buy anything from a local business if you can get it for free.  And then there are the greenhouse gases, the chemicals leaching into lakes and rivers, etc.

Sadly it's our desire for having a ton of clothes that is feeding all of this.   We need to be smarter with our shopping choices because this is about so much more than ourselves.  

If you have a small budget and can't afford to shop from brands that produce ethical clothing, consider trying a thrift store or doing clothing swaps.  You can find some great quality stuff and you're not feeding the beast.  Save up for quality items that will last and read the labels.
Jun 27, 2018 @ 12:53 pm


I try to be frugal when shopping for clothes, but as I'm plus size it's very difficult to find things at a reasonable price. I stalk the Addition Elle, Pennington's, etc. sale sections on their websites for good deals often and can usually combine it with a discount to make it more reasonable for me.

I wish I could find more ethical clothing in my size, but it doesn't seem to be very plentiful, unless I personally found someone that I could pay to make clothes just for me!
Jun 29, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

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