When to Buy Duplicates

buying multiples

I don’t wear trendy clothes. Barring an obsession with tube tops when I was a teenager, I never have. Proud staples of my wardrobe include boat-neck striped shirts, cigarette pants, and A-line dresses.

I suppose you could call it a work uniform, but as far as I can tell, this is my life uniform. These are the lines, shapes, and cuts that make me feel like my most authentic (and put-together) self. This also means that I have a lot of striped shirts, cigarette pants, and A-line dresses.

Why? Because when I find something I like (read: simple without trendy trappings), I intentionally buy duplicates — saving me both time and money. Here are the five items you should stock up on when they’re on sale.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Be Fruitful and Multiply

I don’t wear trendy clothes. Barring an obsession with tube tops when I was a teenager, I never have. Proud staples of my wardrobe include boat-neck striped shirts, cigarette pants, and A-line dresses.

I suppose you could call it a work uniform, but as far as I can tell, this is my life uniform. These are the lines, shapes, and cuts that make me feel like my most authentic (and put-together) self. This also means that I have a lot of striped shirts, cigarette pants, and A-line dresses.

Why? Because when I find something I like (read: simple without trendy trappings), I intentionally buy duplicates — saving me both time and money. Here are the five items you should stock up on when they’re on sale.

That Underwear You Really Like

That Underwear You Really Like

Underwear is like toothpaste: You’re going to use it at some point. That exact cut of super soft bikinis you wear with everything? Or the lacies you cherish? Buy them all.

Take advantage of those five-for-$20 types of sales and load up. Add them all to your rotation at once or ration them so you can make a swap when your intimates get ratty. (Because intimates should never be ratty.)

Those Jeans That Fit Perfectly

Those Jeans That Fit Perfectly

On the rare occasion that jeans actually fit me, I buy two pairs. It’s my default. Because having multiples of jeans serves several purposes:

1. It increases longevity by splitting the wear over two pairs.
2. It allows you to treat jeans like jeans, with plenty of wear and tear.
3. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to wear your “favorite jeans” whenever you want — even when one pair is dirty.

That Shirt You Wear All the Time

That Shirt You Wear All the Time

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when you fall in love with a casual, everyday garment, the designer/manufacturer will stop making it. (Just ask Fran Lebowitz. Brooks Brothers discontinued her beloved uniform button-up shirt).

Having said that, hoard. If wearing Peter Pan collars makes you feel like Grace Kelly (just me?) and you’ll wear them every week, buy five. Pay attention to sales and stock up off-season when nobody is even thinking about turtlenecks. If white button-downs are your staple, invest in many.

Finding a classically “you” garment that can be worn with virtually anything is an underrated experience. Lightning will not strike twice.

Fabulous Sheets That Are on Sale

Fabulous Sheets That Are on Sale

Even if you’re not a thread-count queen (I’m a recent convert myself), buy nice sheets when they’re on sale. Even if you already have nice sheets you love, buy more. You will always need sheets because you will (hopefully) always have a bed.

Much like your favorite jeans, sheets get a lot of use between washing, drying, and sleeping. They will always need to be replaced and the cycle will continue. That’s just the way it is.

Discounted Bathroom Towels

Discounted Bathroom Towels

Ditto.

If you absolutely love the way those yellow accented towels look/feel in your perfectly curated bathroom, invest in many, especially if they are a specific design or color. Your original ones will get worn and disgusting and you will use them as bedding for your cat, and then you will have no nice towels in your otherwise nice bathroom.

Even if you have a simple, no-frills bathroom where everything is in beige (and you like it that way) buy more beige towels. You’ll save yourself an annoying “we need more bath towels” trip to purchase full-price towels — which nobody should strive for.

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