As a frugal shopper, I naturally gravitate to clearance racks at low end stores likeTarget and Old Navy, but reading advice to invest in quality clothing from local bloggers like Trent always cause me to stop and consider my own closet and shopping habits. I thought that _The Lucky Shopping Manual: building and improving your wardrobe piece by piece_ by Kim France and Andrea Linett might give me more insight to purchasing decisions.
Overview. This book is a thick reference book that includes a thorough and visual run-down of everything a wardrobe could include — tops; bottoms; and swim-, under- and outerwear; bags and shoes. It was written for women. Each of the fourteen chapters has the following format, mostly with graphics: variations of the garment featured, fit and styling tips, inventory requirements for that garment, how to wear the garment in different ways, bad examples of wearing it, fitting room tips, and a profile of one woman’s wardrobe.
Does it address frugality? It supports frugal ideas without mentioning the word “frugal.” I’ll mention the ideas here. I still have mixed feelings about quality vs. quantity, and this issue is not really discussed at length. The book contains checklists of suggested wardrobe items. I take the lists with a grain of salt because everyone’s situation is different — a stay at home mom in a rural area will have different needs compared to a working single woman in the city. The authors emphasize core items, not frivolous ones, and I find that frugal. The examples of how to wear the garments and create a “look” shows that garments with versatility give more bang for her clothing buck. The profiled women show vintage and thrifted apparel, which I find encouraging as a frugal shopper. Name brands are mentioned, and I think they can be compiled into a list to take while garage sale-ing and secondhand shopping.