If you’re tired of wasting time, energy and MONEY on wardrobe pieces that will end up languishing in your closet, destined for the “donate” pile, read on!
Let’s shop on purpose!
This is an introduction to a new meme I’ll be doing called “Why I bought that,” where I’ll demonstrate smart shopping habits by
- showing you what I bought and
- explaining why I bought it.
Look for installment #1 later this week!
To kick us off, here are some ways to SHOP ON PURPOSE that I’ll be explaining in more detail in the coming months.
1. Inventory your wardrobe and shop according to a list of what you need.
You may need camisoles so you can wear your sheer blouses or a white skirt to pair with your denim jacket. Shopping with a list means that what you buy will actually fit into your current wardrobe and compliment the pieces you already own and enjoy.
Check these lists for some guidelines–and start making your list!
2. Embrace a “capsule wardrobe” concept that is focused on a few of your best colors (along with neutrals) that can be mixed and matched.
This is a beautiful example from Capsule Wardrobes using just 15 pieces of clothing!
3. Know your lifestyle–and consider ‘cost per wear.’
How often will you wear a fancy velvet duster (maybe once or twice a year?) vs. a pair of tailored black dress pants? Invest in the pieces you will wear more often and buy your “once-a-year” pieces when they’re on clearance–or borrow them from a friend!
Conversely, if you frequently attend formal evening events, investing in a fabulous cocktail dress makes more sense for you than spending a lot of money on designer jeans.
The more often you wear an item, the more money you can justify spending on it.
4. Buy pieces that are within your Dominant Color Category.
Don’t know your DCC? Check out my post all about it–with my corresponding Pinterest boards!–here.
Or take Shari Braendel’s Color E-nalysis quiz here.
Knowing your DCC means that you can…
- buy tops and scarves in your “pop” colors
- buy bottoms in your best neutrals
- invest in white vs. cream and black vs. brown with confidence
- buy shoes, bags and accessories that will work for your coloring and your wardrobe
5. Buy pieces that compliment your body type.
The goal is not necessarily to just draw attention to your best features or downplay your problem areas but to help you look proportionate.
Do you need to create a waistline? Downplay your bust? Extend your leg line? Buying pieces that suit your body type means that you will actually wear what you buy and feel confident wear it!
Stay tuned for more, coming soon!
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