Is buying disposable clothing ever worth it?

In case you haven't realized it, there's a growing trend in retailers making clothing cheaply. So cheaply, in fact, that not only are they marked down way below the usual value in low-end lines but the clothes also don't last very long. In fact, you can say that this is a growing trend in disposable clothing.

These clothes are typically sheer and therefore require layering. They sell for about $5-25 and it's almost a miracle if you can make one of these pieces last more than a season. So what's the appeal, then? And are they ever worth it?


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I've seen a lot of these kind of pieces at some of my favorite stores, like H&M, Forever 21, Gap and American Apparel. Although I do like to buy quality pieces as much as I can, I don't know if that's always the wisest decision when it comes to things that are just trendy at the moment.

I'm in love with bright-colored pants for the Spring, but I'm not yet sure what I would wear as a top to go with them. I can't wear one of my typical bright, printed blouses or tees that I slip on over jeans, jeggings and leggings. Those would be way too much. So I need to find something else, something simpler. That's when cheap, disposable clothing may come in. 

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When looking for something easy and trendy that you know you may not want next year, disposable clothing is a good choice. It's also great for growing kids (properly layered, of course) who won't fit into their clothes next year anyway.

Another great reason to wear cheap clothes that won't last very long is if you're actively losing a lot of weight and need something to transition form your higher weight to your new fabulous self. Plus, to me, some of them are just fun. Well-layered sheer clothes can be great for over the latest trendy pants or even skirts. I definitely think I'll be making an investment. And I don't even mind that it's a temporary one. 

Would you or have you ever bought disposable clothing?

Images via American Apparel