Style on a Budget: Five Questions to Ask Before Buying New Clothes

 
“My clothes have a story. They have a character and a purpose. That is why they become classics because they keep on telling a story. They are still telling it.”-Vivienne Westwood

Fashion has always been widely believed to be no about clothes, but more on creating a specific look that works best for you and your style.

While this might be true, your sartorial ensembles have been one of the most genuine mediums for channeling your inner style in such a way that there are hints of who you are in them. In this regard, clothes are not just merely assortments of variously cut cloth to cover ourselves in but are avenues for expressing ourselves, our tastes and preferences. After all, according to William Shakespeare, the soul of a man resides in his clothes—so, in one way or another, we can infer just how much of a vital aspect one’s clothes are to fashion and style. Unfortunately, while clothes are echoes of your style and fashion preference, this sentiment does not justify your arbitrary and excessive hoarding of them. Sure, we understand that you have a penchant for new couture and a flair for putting clothes together, but if you are constantly acquiring new clothes, you would soon end up in a paradoxical scenario wherein you have fewer things to wear.

It might seem a little absurd to you—after all, acquiring more clothes would mean a more comprehensive set of sartorial options at your disposal, right? Well, not necessarily. In fact, it has been shown that purchasing more clothes would be counterintuitive to your style. Why? More often than not, when we are overwhelmed with choices, we tend to stick to the safe basics that we wear on a daily basis and consequently, our old clothes would be soon be forgotten in the backs of our wardrobes. Furthermore, the more time our clothes spend languishing inside our closets, the less likely they will ever get worn again—especially when changes would occur to our body such as gaining or losing weight.

Should you ever feel the impulse to throw another article of clothing into your shopper’s basket, you might want to inject a little insight into your buying habits and rethink the way you are accumulating clothes. If your wardrobes are bursting at the seams from having way too many pieces of clothing or whether you constantly find yourself buying the latest fashion trend from streetwear wholesale distributors, you might have a hoarding problem. More importantly, if you find yourself constantly frustrated at the lack of clothing choices despite having a full wardrobe, you might want to ask yourself these questions before you buy any new clothes whether they be designer or not:

 

 

1.) Do I already own something like this?

Before you take anything off the rack, it is best if you take a hard look at your closet first. Survey its contents and take a gander at the articles of clothing you already own. By the time you go shopping, check what you are adding to your shopping cart. If it is similar to anything that you already own, you might want to move on and put it back on the rack. However, if you want to argue that it looks like an impressive number, ask yourself if it is really worth the purchase despite having innumerable pieces just similar to it? Do you find yourself gravitating towards the same kind of clothing and splurging on them often? If so, you might want to skip buying this until you have already gotten rid of your old but similar clothes.

2.) Are you addicted to fast fashion? Or do I have a proclivity for shopping?

Sometimes, it is not that we have a problem with hoarding clothes, but just hoarding things in general. Although your appetite for shopping is not necessarily a bad thing, your insatiable lust for accumulating new things is— mainly if this is the sole reason why you have so many pieces of clothing. If you are buying a particularly expensive fashion item, it is best if you took the time to ask yourself whether the designer piece is really worth the investment or whether you could skip out on it. Such as when you buy an exorbitantly priced customized bag, are you entirely sure you can see yourself not purchasing any other bags of the same fashion family in the next couple of years regardless of how cheap or trendy they are? If you buy an investment piece such as a car or a house, you would not necessarily invest in a number of cheaper cars and houses in the next few years unless you are buying them for investment purposes. Apply the same approach when it comes to fashion.

3.) Does this go with my current wardrobe?

Sometimes we buy things without thinking just because they look cute and trendy on the mannequin. However, you should avoid the same approach at all costs lest you end up a closet filled with clothes that do not seem to work together. In any case, before you buy any new piece of clothing, try to see if you can come up with at least four sartorial ensembles that you could see your potential purchase working with. Remember, what you buy should be in harmony with what you currently have in your closet or else, it should be dismissed and returned to the rack. If your new potential piece is incapable of adapting to the existing clothes in your closet, it might be best if you skipped on buying it.

4.) Will I use it often?

The evening gown might look like an excellent addition to your closet, but apart from formal events and weddings, is there any other circumstance where you can see yourself wearing it? Chances are, if you are not constantly attending lavish and star-studded affairs, this potential piece will only laze away in your closet just to have its elaborate embellishments come off. In this regard, your new piece would not be worth the investment and you would probably be better off renting for a prospective occasion instead of outright buying. If you cannot foresee yourself wearing a particular piece over for several and across all occasions, return it to the rack and save your money instead.

5.) Would I still be using it in the future?

Clothes are largely seasonal. However, style is timeless. If you are forking over an inordinate amount of cash for something that is only hip and trendy for the moment, you might want to step back and reevaluate your purchase. Remember, style is forever but the clothes and fashion alongside it will change every season and at times, every few months or even weeks. It is a guarantee that there will always be a new trend to try for every month that comes, and they would soon disappear before we can fully take advantage of them. If you are not opposed to wearing last season’s proclaimed trends and styles, then, by all means, go for it. Furthermore, if you see a particular style, you can wear for as long as you wish without ever getting bored with it, then add it to your collection. However, if it is something that you like only for the time being, you might want to skip on this potential purchase.

 
There is a myriad of things that compel us to make a new clothing purchase: Storewide sales, a new occasion coming up, a hot new trend or basically anything else. However, if you are always beset with sartorial dilemmas despite having a closet well-equipped with an arsenal of clothes, then you might want to reevaluate how you do your clothes shopping. With all things considered, it is best if you took the time to contemplate your potential purchase before actually proceeding to the checkout counter. Remember, clothes play only one aspect of fashion while your style is everything.

 

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