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When to splurge and when to save

When to splurge and when to save

Despite what a lot of guys think, ‘cheap’ is not a synonym for ‘value’. With clothes, you get what you pay for. Spend a bit extra and, generally, you’ll have something that looks better, fits better and lasts longer. Spend as little as possible and your new purchase will probably split after a few wears, or shrink the first time it goes through the wash.

Not that we’d advocate emptying your wallet on everything in your wardrobe. But there are some areas where it’s wise to part with a few extra pounds. Below, our expert explores four areas where you should splurge or save. So you can get more wardrobe bang for your buck.

Splurge

Footwear

Splurge or save shoes

As the old saying goes, you should invest in your shoes and your bed, because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other. “You wear your shoes a lot and premium materials are so much easier to look after,” says Thread stylist Brooke Philips. “So you get a lot of payback, because things like leather can last for years.”

Splurge on classic styles like brogues, boots and minimal trainers. If you’re after something more trend-led, or with a lot of design detail, it’s wise to save your pennies. “They’ll date quicker and you won’t be able to wear them with as many things, which means a worse cost-per-wear,” says Brooke.

Outerwear

Splurge or save coat

As with shoes, coats are designed to do a job. And the right protection costs a bit more. “Winter with a bad coat is miserable,” says Brooke. “But if you’ve got one that can stand up to wind and rain, then you don’t even have to think about the weather when you leave the house.”

It’s better to buy one expensive coat than three cheaper versions, so look for classic styling and muted colours. “Something like a navy overcoat, or even a tan trench, is designed to go with everything,” says Brooke. “Which makes getting dressed easier, too.”

Save

T-shirts

Splurge or save t-shirt

You can spend a lot of money on t-shirts if you want to, but you can get decent quality for much less outlay, says Brooke. Unbranded versions in 100% cotton – like our MVP range – are flattering but also cost-effective. “They’re something that gets beaten up a lot, so it makes sense to be able to replace them when you need to.”

Trends

Splurge or save trends

Trends are a great way to inject some life into your look. But think twice before investing in something straight off the catwalk. “You might not know if it suits you, if it’s something you’re comfortable wearing, or if it goes with anything else you own,” says Brooke. Instead, go for more affordable, high street versions to see if you it works for you. You can always up your budget next time.

“Something like patterned trousers are getting more popular, but they can be tricky if you’ve only ever worn plain versions,” says Brooke. “So experiment with affordable versions in something subtle, like a Prince of Wales check or houndstooth and wear them with brogues. It’s a good way to break the mould and rejig your style, without any risk.”