OUTFIT | MAKING SENSIBLE CLOTHING PURCHASES

26 February 2018


Welcome to part two of finding my Spring/Summer 2018 style. This post is a little update on the blog post I wrote two weeks ago about finding my SS18 style. In that post I already talked a bit about how I was finding it very hard to find clothes on the high street that looked good on me. I can’t pull of the ‘70s, ’80s or the ‘90s styles, and to be honest, I don’t like those clothes all too much. After sharing this dilemma in that post, you let me know that you would like to see updates on every now and again in finding my SS18 style.

If there’s one thing I would like to think that I am better at now that I am 21, it is making sensible clothing purchases. When I was younger, I used to be such a clothing hoarder. Who’s with me when I say that I leave tags on clothes, because I am unsure about them. Then throw them in my closet, to find them hiding somewhere in the back of my closet 2 months later. By then it’s too late to return them and I basically lost money. This is the story of my life. But I’m trying to better, so before I go on a major finding my SS18 styleshopping spree, I am sharing a few tips on how to make sensible clothing purchases. Let this be your cheat sheet for making sensible clothing purchases.


Make a list of things you would like to buy and stick to it. If there’s one thing that I really like doing, it’s making lists. I live for this and it’s so good for my brain, which feels like it is in constant overflow mode. I am currently in the process of making a ‘What I want to buy for SS18’ list. By making this list, you’re basically creating your base of what clothing pieces you would like to wear. This is your cheat sheet whenever you will start to buy things. Now that you know what you like and have written it down, you can properly start looking for those clothing pieces. This is so good, because otherwise you would just be wandering around (online) stores for hours.

The list also really helps you to stop distractions from happening. You see a floral top that you like? Is it on your list? No, then move on. If you’re still thinking about it in about two weeks time, then maybe it’s time to add it to your list. Which brings me to my next tip:

Always double think before buying clothes. If there’s one thing I have learnt when growing up, it’s definitely to start double thinking on whether or not I need that particular piece of clothing. Before I used to just buy every single piece of clothing that I liked. Now that usually end up to me making some desperate choices in life, which leads to me finding clothes with the tags still on there half a year later. So nowadays, if I am buying clothes, I like to eye them up first. Save them to my basket, make a mental note or even take a photo of a piece of clothing that I like. If I am still thinking about the piece of clothing two to three days later, it’s time to start adding it to my list. Then if I still think about it in two weeks time, I buy it.

This shirt is such a great key example of what I am trying to explain in today’s post. The shirt that I am wearing in this outfit post for instance, has already lasted me a good 1,5 years. It was €40 when I got it and thought it was a whole lot of money. I am still in uni, so I still think that this is a lot of money for just a shirt. So before I just went and bought it, I eyed it up. Then when I went back into Zara a week later, I looked at it again. Then after about two weeks, I decided to bite the bullet. I loved this shirt so much that I had to pick it up. That’s really double thinking about it before purchasing, don’t you think?




Choose quality over quantity. Double thinking about buying clothes didn’t come natural to me. Throughout the years I definitely learnt to choose quality pieces of clothing over quantity. After I had left high school, I had this complete change of heart when it came to clothing. I felt very grown up (little did I know that I wasn’t grown up at all), and wanted to change up my wardrobe. I wanted to start from scratch again and pretty much wanted a very minimal coloured wardrobe.

Those Primark tee’s didn’t fit my style anymore and I wanted to buy t-shirts and blouses that wouldn’t have weird hem problems after washing a piece of clothing just once. So that’s when this thing started. Nowadays I like buying clothes that are definitely of a lot better quality than when I was younger. Like I said, back when I got this shirt 1,5 years ago, I thought it was a whole lot of money. But never would I have thought that this blouse would still look so good after 1,5 years, meaning I definitely have gotten my €40 out of it by wearing it at least 40 days, if not more.

Don’t feel pressured to buy something. Something I still sometimes struggle with is buying things because I feel pressured to buy it. Examples of this are when there’s a 50% off discount code floating around, clothing pieces are on sale, or because only your size is left in stock. Just because your size is left in stock, that does not automatically mean that it’s meant to be. If the piece of clothing that you like is still in stock after you have ticked all of the boxes above, then it’s meant to be! Don’t buy things just because of some psychological marketing tricks. Studying Communications (and marketing) definitely made me realize that it’s all about shops wanting you to spend as much money as possible. Did it tick all boxes above, then you're allowed to buy it. Don’t cave and be strong.

What I'm wearing:
Bershka coat (similar)
ZARA military shirt (similar)
ASOS jeans
Manfield boots (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff bag

4 comments :

  1. I definitely need to be better with my spending on clothes, these tips have been so helpful. I'm definitely going to try your tip of making note of what I would like to buy and stick to it, such a great idea!
    I also adore this look too! I like the flash of green with the black :D
    Violet Daffodils
    xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! I'm so glad that you liked the post and these tips were helpful for you Violet! Definitely let me know if they help you spend less money on your clothes! :) xx

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