Well hello there. Thought I’d disappeared? I’ve been a bit uninspired the past week or so, but that changed after spending an hour playing dress-up in my closet tonight. I was looking through my dresses, remembering the stories behind them and laughing at myself for the haphazard way I acquire pieces in my wardrobe. I like to think I’ve recently become a more intentional shopper, but my shopping history is littered with questionable decisions. I’d like to share with you the tips that have defined my shopping life thus far:
- If you love a piece of clothing, and it is on clearance, but they only have it in a size that is not the size you wear, buy it anyway. (This applies to shoes, as well, as long as they are within one size of what you normally wear.)
- If you are shopping at your favorite discount store, and you find a fantastic piece with a minor flaw, buy it anyway. You can probably fix it.
- If a 12 fits, buy a 10. Or an 8.
- If you ever find a bubblegum pink party dress with flowers embroidered in rainbow metallic thread and little faux gold coins along the bust, buy it. You have to. This applies to any outlandish/fabulous/rainbow-striped/relatively inexpensive item you run across.
- Never buy anything full price.
Yes, you’ll have quite a cohesive, well-fitting, tasteful wardrobe if you follow these simple tips.
Or you will have a hodgepodge of unique, colorful pieces, some of which you can actually wear, and some of which you can’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I have some much-beloved pieces in my wardrobe that were acquired using these techniques, but I realize that I haven’t always been the smartest shopper. I buy into the fantasy that I will magically lose weight, or have an occasion to wear an over-the-top cocktail dress, and it’s too much to resist sometimes. The fact that I have consistently bought clothes that I can barely/not at all squeeze into makes me sad, and it says a lot about my body image throughout the years.
But I really can fix most flaws in discount clothes, and I believe in the power of a good sale. And when I do have a special occasion, or go down a dress size, there are generally fun pieces waiting for me in my very own closet.
These days, I am focusing more on buying classic, versatile pieces that fit well and work with what I already own. But will I ever totally abandon the wacky impulse buy? Probably not.
God has blessed me by humbling me.