I tend to rant about (read: against) mass-produced clothes a fair bit. Perhaps too often I fail to show my appreciation for the few cheap but magnificient pieces of clothing that I have acquired over the years. Some of them have serious staying-power. I bought this angora/wool cardigan at H&M perhaps two years ago. It looks wonderful buttoned up with a pencil skirt, and works well over t-shirts and jeans as well. It is one of those items that I have grown to love, and I fear for the day when it falls to pieces. Considering I have worn it a lot, it is still in good condition. There are no threads loose, and despite the angora, the surface of the knit hasn't suffered all that much.
I admire people who have better discipline. These days I have to stay away from certain stores because my conviction is too easily shaken in front of something pretty. Thrifting is safer for me. I am forced to train my eye to find the things I love, and even then, they might not be the right size. There is no return policy, I always end up with things I actually wear, and the process is eco-friendly. Thrifting helps me define my style. Having said that, I am still happy I have this cardigan. And I am happy I happened to find this print top at Sears (alongside the one in the previous post) for $5.99. Sometimes buying cheap can be a style investment, too, but I, for one, have to tread that path more carefully than most people.