Economical Fashion: Sticking to Basics


MUJI long sleeve shirt and scarf

"Spend on good quality pieces that transcends through time" was the most valuable fashion advice my mother gave me. The only way to achieve this is by sticking to the fashion basics.

Not everyone's wallet can keep up with fashion's constant changing state. There's always something new that comes out every day. I used to be quick in buying whatever the current hot product is, but when the novelty wears off, I move on to the next. I give away those that have been outdated and over time I realized that what remains in my closet are the basics. Those are the things that I'm investing on. 

I like concept stores that specifically sell fashion basics such as MUJI! I like the products' neutral hues, high quality and environment friendly fabrics, and the practicality factor that's attached to them. Aside from being timeless, the other description I can think of regarding MUJI's clothes is this: user-friendly. They're very comfortable {still the number one factor for me} and are made from lightweight and breathable fabrics. The latter is very much an important factor when you live in a country with only two kinds of weather - very, very hot and wet! Their clothes are still wearable even during summer

Let's break down the importance of sticking to fashion basics, shall we? 

Seasonless and Timeless

Fashion basics are never outdated. They have a very strong staying power. You can confidently wear them any time of the year, any year of your life! This brings me to the next important reason... 

Age Appropriate

They are not only timeless but ageless as well. A 17-year-old and a 70-year-old will equally look good wearing fashion staples. Whether we like it or not, wearing fluorescent daisy dukes or wedge sneaks has an age limit. You can go outlandish for a time, but you'll still go back to basics as you age. 


Since fashion basics are seasonless, timeless, and age appropriate, they're highly economical in the long run. That's why I consider them an investment. Buy good quality pieces {not necessarily expensive} that will stand the test of time. Buy poor quality products only if you are rich. You can easily replace the substandard pieces once they get broken in a day or two after purchase. If you're not rich, buy the high quality ones. You'll save so much more!

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