You know how you should probably have a financial safety net in place for those inopportune, unexpected moments? Well, the same can be said about fashion. During a recession, you spend less because you have less. That’s just a fact.
Some people might say “invest in good, key pieces,” and while that’s not bad advice, it’s also not necessarily practical. Not everyone can afford couture or high-end separates, and it’s the people who can’t afford Balenciaga and Prada who are impacted by recessionary times the most. That’s not to say you can’t have some nice clothes, but it does mean you have to be a little more thoughtful about where you put your money.
So, how do you keep your wardrobe recession-proof? It’s actually a lot simpler than you think:
How to build a recession-proof wardrobe
1. The BasicsTake a look at what you've got. You should have basics, and a lot of them. But you can buy 'em cheap. There's no reason you'll ever need a $50 white t-shirt. Classic tees and tanks are going to carry you through a recession because they're classic and can be worn with anything (and pretty much anywhere).
$10 at Zara. Zara/The Loop
2. Be Anti-TrendTrends are a no-go. They're disposable and ever-changing. Spending your cash wisely is the key to getting through a recession unscathed. Opt for classic pieces, like a pencil skirt. They'll take you from the office to evening and they're quite affordable. You want to aim for classic pieces that can be worn in multiple ways – this way you're actually using your clothes, rather than accumulating them.
Pencil skirts, $15 and $30 at H&M.H&M/The Loop
3. Shop Your ClosetTake a look at what you already own. It may sound easy and obvious, but we often buy new pieces without actually considering our current fashion stockpile. You haven't had to think about things like "recessions" and "rationing" for a while, so you probably have a wealth of clothes that are just itching to be worn.
Brusali wardrobe, $169 at Ikea Ikea/The Loop
4. BeautifyDid you know that the beauty sector is never really impacted by a recession? It's because it's considered "affordable luxury." A stroke or two of red lipstick will turn a cold, saddened visage into something a bit brighter and cheerier. And you'll feel richer than you are.
$39 at Sephora Thinkstock/The Loop
5. Spend Money"Splurging thoughtfully" may seem like bad advice, but we're only talking about jackets and bags. The shell of your look should keep you warm (the jacket) and keep everything in place (the bag). If you're going to spend money, these are some of the pieces you should budget for. They're meant to carry from season to season for as long as you treat them right.
Outerwear, $205 and $232 at Loft.Loft/The Loop
6. Mix Things UpAs we said, basics are a girl's best friend during trying economic times. But you can mix and match, so you can at least have some of the fineries you might already enjoy. Like a high-end, classic and timeless cashmere sweater ($280) for example, mixed with a pair of jeggings ($34). Mango/The Loop
7. Party ResponsiblyYou aren't going out for dinner as much, or hanging out at some local boîte with cocktails either. Everyone is feeling a little cash-strapped these days, so it's not just you. So bring the party to you and it keep is super-casual. Seriously, have a pajama party or keep it fun, flirty and low-key.
Pajamas, $27 and $19 at Forever 21. Forever 21/The Loop
8. ShoesIf there's one more thing you can spend a little bit more on, it's footwear. Go with black, though. They will literally never go out of style, as long as you skip ostentatious embellishments. You can have some cute details (like a wooden heel or some gold hardware), but don't overdo it.
Shoes, $202 and $96 at ASOS. ASOS/The Loop