If you read my post last week on ankle boots where I made my excuses for being a terrible blogger so far in 2018, you’ll remember that one of my main goals of 2018 is to “be a grown up”, which essentially translates into shopping less and making more sustainable purchasing decision.
Firstly, I simply do not have enough space to store many more clothes (this truly is a feat because my bedroom is enormous), and I’m just not willing to part with anything I already have. I’ve also never been one of those people who packs away all coats at the end of winter and switches my seasonal wardrobes, partly because of the admin involved, but also because I hate the thought of restricting my choices at any point – what if we have a particularly cold spell in the middle of July?! Maybe I should start doing that – but in any case, space is tight situation.
Secondly, budgeting. Enough said.
Anyway, to help me on my mission I’ve come up with a set of questions to ask myself when I’m making a new purchase, and I thought you might find them useful too.
- Do you actually have a need for this?
Try to question why you’re really making the purchase. Is this something that you’ve been thinking you need, or that you’ve wanted for a while? Or is it closer to an impulse buy? If you have five denim shirts already, you may not need another…
The tricky thing about this, is that some of my favourite buys of all time have been impulse buys – so I worry that I’m limiting myself creatively (or whatever I need to tell myself to buy it anyway).
2. How many times will you wear this?
Although I think this is an incredibly boring question, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it must be asked. In this world of fast fashion, I do think we should be realistic; ask yourself if you think you’ll wear something at least 10 times before you make the decision to buy it.
I find this tricky, because fashions go in cycles and you’ve got to leave room here for your own fashion to be rediscovered, don’t you think?!
3. What else are you paying for this month?
Seriously, WHO AM I?!
Another boring question. But, I’ve finally faced the fact that money doesn’t grow on trees, and if I’m getting my hair coloured that month, I probably can’t buy that dress too. There’s not a whole lot more to say on this one, but it does make me feel the most grown up…
4. How long will this be in style for?
Another boring question – they’re all boring, lets be honest, but necessary I suppose! Use this question to keep you from buying things that you’re not super keen on just because they’re in fashion. I think we can get really caught up in what is “in” at the moment, and forget to think about whether we actually like something or not. A good test of this is to ask yourself; will you wear it next year? Or even the year after?
I’m sure that I’ll have a few slip ups in the year, but for the most part, these should see me through, and hopefully they’ll be useful guides for you too.
Can anyone else share their fashion frugality tips with me? Am I alone in this fight, or is there someone else out there who faces the same daily conundrum?!