I've been a personal style blogger for almost 8 years. When it comes to taking photos of myself on a regular basis, falling into the “new clothes” habit is not only bad for my bank account, it also is bad for developing my own true sense of style. Don't get me wrong, I love shopping. Love buying shoes. Love. It. But over the years I've come to notice that I've wasted a lot of money buying things that didn't really work for me or I didn't end up wearing very much.
So instead of learning the hard way, like I did. I'm going to share with you a few things I've noticed helps in terms of curbing the shopping bug. Not that it keeps me entirely away from the shops, but it does help in making smarter choices.
Do Your Laundry
This may seem like a “No shit, Sherlock” kind of tip, but I can not tell you how many times I feel like I have “no clothes” when there is a big pile of laundry that needs to be done. Ok, maybe you don't hate doing laundry as much as I hate doing laundry. But the fact is, the clothes in your laundry bin are probably your favorite pieces. Give them a wash and look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes again. Also, doing your laundry will help you to realize what you have, and what you really wear.
Mend Broken Pieces, Go to the Tailor
If you wear things enough, they start to fall apart. No this does not necessarily mean you need to buy something new. Sew back on those buttons, stitch up those rips. If something isn't fitting you just right, take it to the tailor. Giving your clothes a new lease on life will help you identify what your signature pieces are, and eventually help you identify what your true style really is.
Organize Your Closet
Back in the day, people were able to fit their entire wardrobe on a couple of hooks. Today, it seems like everyone has a walk-in closet. Sometimes it's not that you don't have “enough” clothes, you just don't remember exactly what you have and where it is. I try to organize my closet every couple of months, usually with a change in the seasons. It always helps to realize what is going on in there.
Purge Clothes You Haven't Worn, or Rarely Wear
Usually after you organize your closet, you'll see exactly what you're not wearing. Donate or sell those pieces!
Ask, Why Certain Pieces Didn't Get Worn
Look at the pieces you don't wear very often. What do they have in common. Do you keep buying sequin dresses when your life calls for blue jeans? Face the facts. What do you ACTUALLY wear? Not what you want to wear, or wish you could wear, or think your readers would like to see you wearing. Really get to the bottom of how you dress by taking an inventory of what gets worn and what doesn't.
Plan Your Shopping Trips
Believe it or not, EVERYONE has a budget. Some people may have a large budget for clothes, others not so much. My husband and I used to live off around $300 a month, and my clothing budget was about $10. Believe it or not, my blog was still posting outfits every week back then too. You don't need to go shopping every month, maybe you do your shopping every new season, or at the end of the season for the sales. What do you tend to buy new every year? A pair of boots in the fall? A new swimsuit in the summer? If you have an idea of what you normally buy, making a plan for your spending will help keep your shopping splurges laser focused.