Whenever I go shopping for clothes or shoes, I’m always struck by the difference in prices that seemingly similar items cost. Generic clothing and footwear can cost a fraction of their branded counterparts. But why? What are well-known brands doing differently, and are they worth the higher price? Let’s find out.
Footwear: Comfort, Design, And Functionality
Although generic footwear can get the aesthetics (almost) similar to branded shoes, there’s more to a shoe than looks. High quality footwear is more durable, and functional as well. Also, if you ever read a no bull shoes review, you’d find that many people will claim they are more comfortable. This may not seem obvious if you’ve never tried on expensive shoes, but it is apparent from the moment you try them on. In the end, the better materials and manufacturing process that brands use tends to produce better results. Branded footwear of all kinds is worth the investment, and generic shoes cannot even begin to compare to the quality and comfort that name brands provide.
Winter Fashion: Durability
Jackets, overcoats, and other staples of winter clothing don’t change much from year to year. You’re better off investing in a high-quality item that will last you a long time. It may be more expensive to buy, but it will cost you less in the long run because you won’t be constantly replacing or mending.
The same concept of durability applies to accessories. An expensive bag or sunglasses are likely to last a very long time, and they generally stay in style as well.
Other Clothing: Better Fit And Higher Quality
Whenever you buy generic clothes that have become more prevalent thanks to fast fashion, you might notice that they don’t fit as well as you would like. On the other hand, big brand clothing stores often offer free tailoring services to help you mend clothes to fit you better. Not only that, but the clothes are made with better finishes and higher quality materials, so they tend to last longer. While buying from high-end stores may not be as affordable in the short term, you can create a classic wardrobe that will last longer and cost less over time.
There is an old saying in some parts of the world that translates to: “I’m not rich to buy cheap”. If you have the funds to buy expensive name brand clothing and footwear, then it will cost less over time and you will enjoy the items better. Cheap clothes are cheaply made – and they aren’t even worth the low prices, in our opinion. If you don’t think you can afford expensive clothing, you can always start slow and collect your wardrobe over time. No one says you have to change your entire wardrobe at once.
Capsule wardrobes are also a popular method to get more outfits from fewer items. If you can buy a few expensive items and use the capsule wardrobe method to make the most out of them, you’ll always feel like you are well-dressed.