10. Fast Fashion
With the rise in fast fashion like Shein, clothing trends evolve faster than ever, leaving many scrambling to stay looking current. Redditor /u/vvml reflected on the money they’ve wasted on cheap fashion. The user said, “Cheap clothes and handbags. Thinking back, I bought so much random stuff from Forever 21, Wet Seal, etc. I’m not saying everything from these places is bad, but I realized it’s a lot more worth it to just spend $30 on a nice sweater from LOFT or J Crew (which have good sales too) than buy 2-3 cheap ones from F21 that will shrink in the wash.”
Fast fashion also tends to be low quality, meaning pieces don’t have the longevity of higher quality clothing. As one Redditor ominously contrasted, “I used to shop quality and loved thrift stores. Then I embraced fast fashion.”/U/miss_bonny commiserated about shopping woes while sharing a vital shopping tip, “Impulse clothing buys. I rarely wore most of the stuff. Now I go shopping with a list and a budget. In the world of fast fashion, it’s hard to avoid impulse buying cute clothes, but they rarely stand the test of time in terms of trends or physical wear and tear!