What kind of shopper are you? Are you the random grab a bargain at lunch time type? Or the style stalker who surfs the net for hours looking for the perfect jacket but accidentally fills their shopping basket with everything but?
I used to think shopping was a sport, I’d set my alarm on a Saturday morning and see how much damage I could do on Oxford Street. I ended up with lots of clothes but nothing to wear. Luckily for my bank balance I now get my fix by shopping for others. Maybe I should change my name to the vicarious shopper?
Often the mistakes we make are due to impulse buying rather than having a plan for what we want our wardrobe to look like. You know the scenario, we have an event to go to on the weekend and we have 1 hour on Friday to buy an outfit. We can’t find anything and end up buying something because it will do rather than because we love it.
Here are my top tips for avoiding mistakes:
- Review your wardrobe every season and ensure that you have an outfit for every occasion. You never know when an invitation to something special will pop up.
- Shop when you need to and with a list. There’s no need to shop more than 4 to 6 times a year if you plan ahead for special occasions etc.
- Only buy pieces you love. If you need to think about it, put it on hold and walk away. If you’re still thinking about it in 24 hours then you probably love it.
- Remember the rule of 3. Will it go with at least 3 other pieces in your wardrobe?
- If you buy something requiring alteration take it to the tailor straight away. Be honest, once you get it home it’ll find its way to the back of the wardrobe and you’ll forget about it.