It’s all too easy to get swept up in a shopping spree; to buy things you don’t really need, to spend more than you meant to, and to make questionable choices about the ethical quality of your clothes. Here are my top three tips on how to reign yourself in, take a beat, and make sure you end up with a wardrobe that you adore.
Always(!) try it on first
Regardless of your confidence in the fit, take the time to try the item on to see how it works on your body,. Some things look great on the rack, but terrible on your body and vice versa. Taking the time to try it on gives you the chance to think about how much you really want the piece. Is it worth the cost to you, and whoever made it? Taking this moment can also save you from impulse buying that leaves you standing in front of your wardrobe lamenting that you have nothing to wear.
Don’t buy anything in the sale you wouldn’t buy full price
This can be a difficult one to stick with, but it’s SO worth it if you manage it. There will, of course, be exceptions but just having the rule in mind makes you stop to think about how much you really like the piece, or whether you’re buying it because it’s in the sale. If you’re buying it simply because it’s on sale, you don’t love it, you won’t wear it, and it won’t be worth the cost of the piece.
Ask yourself: do I want to wear this immediately?
If you don’t want to leave the shop wearing the item, or style it the very next day, then do you truly love it? There are, once again, some exceptions- if you’re buying a ball gown then you can’t have the same urge to leave in it (having said that, if you truly love the dress then maybe you can!) By and large though, if you want/ need the piece then you should want to wear it as soon as possible. If that urge isn’t there, then leave it on the rack and walk away.
All this comes down to the question: how many times will I wear this item? If it’s anything less than 15 (at a bare minimum) then think twice about buying the item. Take into account the environmental cost, the financial cost, and the life of the person who made it. Take a beat, and remember these three tips before your next shopping spree.