As promised, this is the second part of my maintaining your closet series. (I’ve changed the names to make it more obvious what the posts are about.) If you read part one and decided to clean out your closet, then you must have some space in there making you itch for some new clothes. At least that’s what happens to me. Maybe you didn’t clean out your closet, but you still feel like shopping? I’ve been there too. Either way, I have some things you can ask yourself when you are trying to decide if you should buy something.
I am a spender by nature. I have had to teach myself to stop and really think about what I am buying before pulling the trigger on a shirt I am lukewarm about, but bought because it was only $10. These items are the same stuff that ends up making me feel lukewarm about my closet too. So, here’s what I ask myself before I buy something. These questions have helped me to like my closet more and visit the mall to return things less.
1. How much is it?
Don’t try it on if you cannot afford it. Don’t buy it if you cannot afford it. No amount of beautiful clothes can pay off an overdue credit card bill.
2. Does it fit?
Does this question sound familiar? I mentioned it in the closet cleanup post too. DO NOT BUY THINGS THAT DO NOT FIT! When you try it on and your first thought is, “Well I can take this in and make it fit right” leave it where it is. Unless of course, it’s an expensive pair of pants or a nice dress. Those things are investments. But a lot of times I find myself looking at a $25 dress and thinking, “How much would it be to alter it?” I know I won’t. I never have, and that ill-fitting dress hangs in the closet never having fulfilled it’s off-the-hanger dreams.
3. How does it make you feel?
This is weird of me, but on a good shopping day I’ll spot something that actually makes my heart beat faster. I’ll even dance around the rack looking at everything else before zooming in on the thing that drew me to the rack in the first place. This is because I’m nervous the item won’t be as amazing as I think it could be from afar! But, if the thing that makes you giddy from across the store still gives you butterflies when it’s in your hands, then it is probably worth buying. Wow, I really sounded like I was talking about falling in love with a person, not a shirt. Everyone feels that way about clothes though right? Seriously, send me a note because I need to know.
4. Can you think of three outfits you will wear it with?
This question has been a game-changer for me. It works really well for random shoes you find that are slightly unusual or a top that you’re pretty sure you would want to wear to your cousin’s son’s birthday party. Three outfits. Three definite times and ways that you will wear whatever you’re considering purchasing. If you’re not inspired enough by the item when purchasing to know when and how you would wear it, then I promise it will not be a go-to when it belongs to you either.
I hope this posts helps you be a more responsible shopper or even just more confident in your purchase decisions. Let me know if you have questions you like to ask yourself that I missed! Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or maybe I'll catch ya out shopping! ;)