4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing Clothes

How many items of clothing do you own? Is your closet so jam-packed that you struggled to shove that new top onto the rack? Do you feel like the more you shop, the less you have to wear? Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

We’ve all taken a look at our overflowing closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear”. We all buy more clothes, but continue to feel unsatisfied and unhappy with our wardrobes.

If you’re anything like me, you’re ready for a change. Are you ready to love each piece you buy and know it’s going to last? We need to change the way we shop and how we think about our clothes in order to feel satisfied with what we wear and how we look.

Whether you’re shopping online or walking through the mall, these four questions will help better determine if what you’re about to buy will work seamlessly into your wardrobe and will work for you long term.

1.     Am I getting this just because it’s on sale?

I can recall many times I was mulling over a top in the sale section and justified buying it because it was a steal, even though it wasn’t perfect. We are all suckers for a great deal, but sometimes we let the price sway our decisions. Make sure you love the piece you’re buying for what it is not for what its price tag says.

2.     Does it work with the what’s already in my closet?

We all know the feeling of bringing home something to find out we have nothing to pair it with. We bring it home only to realize we have no idea how we’re actually going to wear it. When contemplating a purchase, think of at least 3 ways you could wear it and the pieces you already own to pair it with. If nothing comes to mind, don’t waste the time and money trying to make it work.

3.     Will I still wear it next season?

It is so easy to get caught up in the next big craze. We all love experimenting with new, exciting styles, but we must ask ourselves if we will still wear something next season. Is it a trendy color or silhouette? Is it catchy and/or flashy? Then most likely it will be in this season and out the next. Don’t be swayed by the ever-changing trends, they change quickly and you will continue to cycle through more clothes in an endless search of the newest, coolest style.

4.     Is it durable and well made?

There is nothing more frustrating than having something for a few short weeks only to run it through the wash and it come out warped and looking ratty and old. If you are tired of buying and re-buying clothes, shoes and accessories, this is one of the most important questions to ask. Look out for natural fabrics, as they tend to stand through more washes and overall look better over time compared to their synthetic counterparts.

To spot well-made garments, look at the seams, buttons, and overall construction. Poor quality pieces typically have warped seams that will shift and bend in the wash and you'll hate that the things you love disintegrate so quickly.  True quality does come with a price, but one well worth the investment. If you’re seeking a wardrobe you are happy with and want to end the cycle of buying, tossing, and re-buying, you must shift your focus to one of quality over quantity and start to think smarter about what you’re buying and make sure it is going to last.

When shopping for clothes, make sure you’re buying items you love. If you love it, you’ll feel great in it, and if you don’t love it, you won’t wear it. Start by taking inventory of what you have and donating what you don’t wear. Then ask yourself these questions the next time you feel the urge to splurge. 


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