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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Do This Before You Shop

I've been editing my wardrobe a lot the past few years, shifting from what my style was back in high school and college, to a closet that's a little bit more curated once I graduated. I've gotten a bit simpler, I'm a big fan of being an outfit repeater, and so when it comes to a wardrobe that is in a constant rotation, investment pieces have definitely been a huge contribution to my current style. 

I have a few shopping round-up posts coming up so before you check out those, I wanted to be sure to mention this. I have made my fair share of bad shopping decisions, impulse purchases that I would end up regretting past the date I could return something by, etc. So before those "shopping" posts go live, you should do this first:

Go through your closet and see what's in there. Keep what you love and take out anything that you haven't worn in at least a year, donate what you can, and set aside elsewhere things that may have sentimental value, but realistically, you're not going to wear.

After you've become fully aware of your closet and what you've got in there, it should be easier to figure out what you're looking for. This will also help you steer clear from picking up anything that might be too similar to something that's already in your closet. I usually make a mental note of things I want to keep an eye out for if I'm out at the mall or in the city, and knowing exactly what's in my closet definitely makes it easier when I'm trying on things before buying them. Because my style is super simple, I just mix and match the same core pieces to get different outfits.

1. Go through your existing wardrobe.
2. Get rid of anything that doesn't fit, hasn't been worn in a year. Sell, donate, etc.
3. Create a list of what you're missing + what you actually need to tie your wardrobe together.

I have worn the above sweater so many different times. It's one of my favorites! (Adichie Sweater from Aritzia)

Now that you've purged, created your list, you can begin to shop for whatever it is that you're looking for. The following questions may be helpful if you're still a little unsure about whether or not you're going to spend on something. Also, if you're concerned about spending too much, create a budget and prioritize what you'll get the most use out of. For example; a wool coat, or every day boots, or needing a new work bag.

"Will I wear this a lot? What is my cost per wear?"
When it comes to any investment purchase, it's important to think about how often you will wear something before you buy it. Don't buy a $600 dress that you'll only wear once.

"Where can I buy this for the best price?"
Try on in-store, make sure you know exactly what you want, but before making that in store purchase, make sure you check for any discount codes or coupon codes. Certain things such as designer jeans or particular bags often make it to the sale tab of certain sites. Keep this in mind before you pull the trigger on something because I've been able to save anywhere from 10-50% on something just by assessing all my options. Check where that item is available and check to see if there's a discount code you can enter. I use Honey to scan the internet for codes.

"Is there anything in my closet that I can sell to fund this purchase?"
I've been going through my wardrobe more often and as I filter more, I've been able to fund new purchases from things that I've sold, or just be able to save money in general. This is a great way to update your wardrobe without making too big of a dent in your bank account as well as prolong the life of an item by allowing someone else to get more use out of it. (I sell through IG but I've seen friends use Depop and Poshmark.)

"Do I genuinely love this or am I falling for a trend?"
Investment items should ALWAYS be because you genuinely love it and can see yourself wearing it for a long time. If you're into a trend but still unsure, you may not want to spend a lot on it.

The above points are just things I keep in mind when I do shop. I've made my own shopping mistakes in the past. I hope you guys found these tips helpful! Just wanted to share some things to keep in mind for when you are shopping for things that might be on the pricier side as a few shopping posts are coming up.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave them down below!

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