I love shopping. I always have and I always will. I can remember being 12 years old and wandering stores for hours with my grandma– a fellow shopping addict. There’s just something so enthralling about it and I find fashion absolutely beautiful. In a way, it’s a creative outlet for me.
That being said, I’ve learned a lot over the years about smart shopping. After filling my closet time-and-time again with clothes that I never wore, I’ve learned what’s worth my money and what isn’t. The tips that I’ve picked up along the way have made a huge difference in my wardrobe, my bank-account, and my shopping habits. Hopefully you’ll benefit from them as well.
Shopping Tips & Tricks:
1. Define your style
Who is your style inspiration? What outfits make you feel confident and comfortable? When you walk into a store, what immediately catches your eye? It’s important that you know the answer to these questions, otherwise you could be swayed into buying items that you’ll never actually wear. Personally, I love basics, pastels, black & white, and very feminine pieces. I typically steer clear of loud patterns and too many dark colors because they just aren’t “me”.
2. Try everything on
This is so important. Clothes look completely different on a body than they do on a hanger. Plus sizing never runs exactly the same. Trying everything on saves you from making extra returns and from buying something that you don’t absolutely love.
3. Buy what you’ll wear now
If you can’t think of a specific instance within the next 2 weeks that you’ll wear something, don’t buy it. Likewise, don’t buy something that doesn’t fit in hopes of wearing it in the future. It’s not worth it.
4. Shop with cash
Debit and credit cards are dangerous territory. Decide before you go shopping exactly how much you’re willing (and able) to spend, then withdraw that amount in cash and stick to it. Overspending can happen really, really easily and, as much as I love clothes, they aren’t worth being in debt.
5. Know your closet
Know what you have and maintain it. If you haven’t worn something in 6+ months, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Don’t buy a light pink tank top if you already have 3 hanging in your closet. Being aware of exactly what you own will ensure that you don’t waste money on unnecessary items and that you continuously rotate through everything.
Here’s to happy, practical shopping…