Everybody knows that a bargain may not be everything you bargained for. Caveat emptor and all that. If the bargain is too good to be true, it probably is, but what if the bargain simply seems like a pretty good deal on something you can wear? Not great, but pretty good. You know you aren’t getting away with a steal, but everything points to a significant savings. Can you still be completely certain the bargain really is a bargain? Maybe. Maybe not. When it comes to finding a bargain when shopping for clothing, apply these tips as a way to more accurate assessment of the genuine “goodness” of your deal.
Clothing needs to be kept clean, right? Check the label carefully to determine whether this bargain basement retail price is going to come back to bite you in the wallet protruding from your butt. Don’t assume that dry cleaning is a just a common bit of advice or even a corporate scam; some fabrics absolutely need the expensive cleaning treatment. That upfront price that seems like a bargain may wind up making the clothing far less worth it on the back end. Dry cleaning and other types of special cleaning techniques that keep you from tossing the fabric into the washing machine with the rest of your wardrobe can add a significant latent cost to that bargain purchase.
Certain articles of clothing demand accessories to achieve the full fashionable effect. That ridiculously low price you pay for the main item in an ensemble may be just the beginning of a long line of purchases that are a far piece from bargains. Before you allow that initial flood of endorphins to color your thinking, shake away the fog and conduct a ruthlessly honest assessment of whether you already own the accessories need to wear the bargain clothing to its ultimate level of chic. If not, then ask yourself how much you are willing to spend on the accessories and whether those secondary expenses are going to even out the initial bargain or, perhaps, actually undo the greatness of the deal entirely.
A great bargain on an item of clothing can be determined mathematically in some case. Blowing $500 on an incredible suit or dress you know is only likely to be appropriate fashion three or four time a year is not nearly the bargain it would be if you can expect to wear it out a couple of times a month. This math applies regardless of whether the same item originally cost $750 or $3000. The bargain is not applicable to how much money you save off the original cost, remember. The bargain is applicable to how much it costs divided by how often you wear it. Unless, of course, you are completely shallow.
Does it Really Fit?
Take a minute to consider how much money you could potentially bank if you got all the money that consumers spend on apparel that doesn’t actually fit in just one day. You could retire on that income, man! People buy things that don’t fit for many reasons, but one of the biggest has got to be that the price was too good to pass up. Guess what? No price is too good to pass up if the clothing doesn’t fit right. Unless you are not real big on the whole comfort thing, then a bargain ain’t a bargain if it’s too tight beneath the arms or too big through the waist or makes you sweat like a Frenchmen during the summer.
Of course, you can always bypass a bad fit by considering alterations. This means taking into consideration the cost of tailoring the attire to fit your needs. Do the pant legs need hemming? Does the waist need to be let out or taken in? If you can do the alterations yourself, the bargain becomes less about additional cost than whether you can transform the clothing to fit you in the way you want without losing the sense of style or quality of manufacture that attracted you in the first place. If you aren’t comfortable with thread and needle, do you know where you can get the alterations done and do you have a reasonable idea of the cost? Indeed, will you take the time to get the alterations done or is there a likelihood that the ill-fitting clothing is going straight into the closet never to see the light of day outside your home again?