Have you ever experienced going to a clothes store, ending up going back and forth to the fitting room, and yet… still not finding anything that look good on you? Or roaming around inside the store from one end to another to find nothing inspiring? I have been there, in both situations! But that is just history now :)
Let me share you the simple rules how to shop the right things with a smile:
Do not shop just to satisfy your eyes
There are times when you buy things because you think they are so cute, so beautiful or you just love the color, etc, etc. And not for a second do you think about other aspects such as; with what combination will I wear it? Or to consider, ah, I already have about 20 white t-shirts at home.
Remember that whatever you buy, it needs to go together with other clothes and shoes that you already have at home! You should be able to make several outfits from it.
So the next time you see something really nice and you have the urge to buy it, give a little thought before you purchase it.
Always ask yourself: “What would I wear this with? How many outfit can go with this?”
The main idea to buy more clothes is to “expand” your wardrobe, so you will have more choices on what to wear, more styles. But to be able to do this without tearing down your neighbor’s wall :) you should expand it in a smart way!
More choices to wear mean that you are able to mix and match most of your clothes. Feels like a lot of work? Hmm…not really. But you definitely need to know what you already have. I promise you, it will make you feel in control of your style as well as your wallet :)
I hang most of my clothes, except for t-shirts, knitwear and jeans. And I divide them by colors. In this way, I will be able to see most of my clothes immediately and since I group them in colors I know how many white t-shirts I have.
When I am in the store, before I purchase something (or even trying it on in the fitting room!) I would ask myself: what would I combine this with? With my green pouf skirt? Or with that pencil skirt? Can this also fit my skinny jeans? How about the grey ankle boots I just bought?
If I can make at least 3 or 4 outfits out of it, I ‘ll go for it.
This rule will be the same for shoes, bags or anything. With what dress or outfit will I wear these beautiful maroon shoes? If you cannot think of anything that can match those shoes, put them back and walk away.
Sometimes, if I am not so sure with the combination I have at home, I would check with the store staff whether they provide a refund (not only an exchange, but also a refund). In the case it doesn’t match well, I will go back to the store, return the item and ask for a refund.
After you have made the decision, to buy or not to buy, don’t think about it. Since you have put a lot of thought into it (at least with the two points I mentioned above), you have made the right decision!
One week later you might see a bronze jacket that you crazy about and you might think the gold jacket you just bought was actually too bright… Forget it! You have bought that gold jacket after some thought. So you did make a good decision. It was a good buy!
When you are able to do this most of the time (not all the time :)), to make a decision whether to buy or not to buy with no regrets, your ability to choose the right things will get sharper. The next time you enter a store, you know what you are looking for. And you will shop effortlessly.
What do you think? Do you have any tips how to shop the right things? : )