How To Stop Buying Clothes You’ll Never Wear
If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that I have too many clothes I never wear. Granted, last year I pretty much lived in jeans and t-shirts, but none the less, I quickly realized I had tons of pieces I know I’ll never wear again. Keeping in mind, it’s my “job” to share my favourite pieces with you, latest trends, how to style items, etc., so I may have more clothing that your average gal? I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions, but I did promise myself that I’m going to STOP buying clothes I know I’ll only wear a handful of times. So today, I’m going to be chatting about how you can not only save money but stop making silly purchases that are only going to end up hanging in the back of your closet.
My first tip is, to stop scrolling the internet when you’re feeling down. We tend to make bad purchases when we’re looking to satisfy an emotion. Whether that’s being mad, sad or stressed out, we need to stop retail therapy shopping. For that split second, you’ll feel better, but the problem is, you’ll now associate that purchase with bad feelings and vibes. When you reach for that new item, you’ll feel guilty and major regret, leaving you to never wear it. My tip is to walk away from the computer when you’re upset and stop adding random items to your cart. On the flipside, when you accomplish something, reward yourself with a new purchase. Higher chance you’ll reach for that item on the daily.
I know finding your own unique personal style can be a challenge, but a common problem is buying items that don’t fit your wants and needs. There’s a huge difference between seeing style you love on someone else, then styles you actually enjoy wearing. I highly suggest browsing Pinterest and saving looks you adore for some inspo. You will quickly realize the styles you gravitate towards and truly love. Stop buying trend pieces you know just “isn’t you”, just because it’s a popular item at the moment. Avoid purchasing items that you think look good on others, but know you’ll never reach for. Take black for example, as chic and stylish as it may look on everyone else, I know deep down it’s a colour that doesn’t truly make me happy, so I don’t buy it.
Speaking of finding your personal style, stop being influenced by others. This is a tough one, thanks to social media, but it’s important to only buy items that speak to you. Although you may be inspired by an outfit you see on Instagram, stop and ask yourself, will you actually wear it. If there’s even a slight hesitation, the answer is probably no. This is one of the main reasons why we end up with so many articles of clothing we never wear, is because we are heavily influenced by people we see online. We also tend to reach for items that are popular within our friend circle, knowing quite well it’s not our style.
Most of us are guilty in purchasing multiples of the same item. The problem with this is, it leaves our closets uninspiring and limited. Having too many similar items is a total waste of money, as it doesn’t leave much room for experimentation. How many basic tees does one need? As much as your drawn to the same article of clothing, try branching out and trying something new. Expanding your closet will give you more outfit options and less chance of facing that dreadful…. I have nothing to wear” moment.
Stop purchasing new items as soon as the seasons change, without reevaluating your closet first. We all get excited for a new season, especially going from winter to spring, but the problem is, honing in on the previous tip, we end up with the same items. Take inventory of what you have, and jot down ideas of new pieces you want to introduce into your wardrobe. Start by making a list of all the items you are coveting right now, new trends you want to try, or items that need replacing. I highly suggest starting to track your clothes, if you haven’t already. Make notes of items you’re tossing (and if you want to replace them), along with new items you’re looking to invest in.
When was the last time you did a wardrobe cleanout and declutter?
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