Every person has been guilty of impulse shopping and how could you not! There are so many fashionable trendy items being shoved in our faces on a daily basis. Not to mention how cute they are and the urges we get to just buy more. It is a never ending cycle. Have you done any impulse shopping? You buy an item because it appeals to you or it is currently trendy… only to wear it once and then it collects dust. It ends up being a waste of your money and your time.
Building a wardrobe should take time and consideration. Think about living with intention and shopping with intention. This means bringing items into your life that fulfill a purpose and not spending money just to spend and to have because you can. When building a wardrobe you should think about the pieces you want and ask yourself these five questions. This way you can make sure you are making a smart purchase and not just wasting those paychecks that you work so hard to earn.
5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying New Clothes
Do I already own something similar?
I have been guilty of buying the same style in multiple colors. Often times we are attracted to the same style of clothing. So before you buy that piece of clothing ask yourself, do I already own something similar to this? Or do I have another piece in my collection that can fulfill this function? Otherwise you may end up with five white shirts that you do not need or wear.
Is this something that I truly love?
How will you feel if you walk away right now? Maybe give yourself a few days to think about the piece and how it fits into your wardrobe. If you walk away and stop thinking about it then you know it is something you do not need. If you are still thinking about the item in a week then maybe this is something you truly want. But that does not mean you need it still.
How many times will I wear this?
You want to get your moneys worth out of an item. Is that colorful beaded cocktail dress just going to be used for one occasion then sit in the back of your closet for the next year? Or is this something you can use for that special occasion and also wear it out for drinks on the weekend? Before making a purchase consider how versatile the piece actually is. What events or occasions can you wear this to? How functional is it?
Is this piece classic or just trendy?
I can be a sucker for trends even though I am usually late to them. I can list off a few trendy items right now that I would love to buy. Before you make that impulse buy think about if that item will be out of style soon and will that make you not want to wear it? Trying out trends can be fun but make sure in a year you will still want to wear it because there will always be a new trend and you can go broke trying to keep up.
Would I still want it if it wasn’t on sale?
Items on sale are instantly more enticing because it makes you think you are getting a bargain. Remember this..you never save money by spending money. If you did not think about the item before or needed it before then you do not need it now just because it is on sale. If you wouldn’t purchase it at full price then walk away.