Find your signature style: shop smart. I’ve been following RealSimple’s article. Define signature styleParts 1-3 can be found here, here, and here. You’ve found your favorite items, analyzed your mistakes, and identified your missing pieces. Today we shop smarter! (It’s never too late to be smart, right? I didn’t marry the man of my dreams until I was 46, so I might be late out the gate, but I’ll get there.)
Here is the article:
Grab your list of likes, dislikes and needs and head to the mall [my note: preferably the thrifts, or Etsy, or Poshmark] But before you open your wallet, do this checklist to determine if it will last you. Worth it, right? After a while, you’ll automatically start asking yourself these questions. The more expensive the item, the more seriously these factors should be considered.
- Will it work with your lifestyle?
- where do you wear Ideally this is a place we go to weekly or monthly.
- Can you coordinate with at least 3 items in your wardrobe?
- Can I wear it all year round? Imagine tights, sweaters and open-toed shoes.
- Can you imagine yourself wearing it next season? next year? in 5 years?
- Will hand washing and dry cleaning efforts make it unwearable on a regular basis?
- is it good quality?
So I identified the perfect silhouette, color and fabric for me. I know my shopping blind spots (I think!). You want to shop smarter, make fewer wardrobe mistakes, and enjoy every item in your closet. Finance side of the wardrobe.
When it comes to budgeting, the key question for me is not “Can I afford it?” You can usually do it because you shop in a reasonable market. It’s more like “is it worth it?” We don’t mind trying out fun pieces for a few bucks and reusing them for families and savers. Most skirts, accessories and casual tops fall into this category.
But when it comes to big items like shoes, boots, signature dresses, “real” jewelry and fine leather bags, I try to answer the questions above. I needed a cashmere pullover for my wardrobe, so I went through the steps and ended up buying something like this.
this sweater is big yes Answering the questions above (I can wear them year-round once I start moving back to NYC). I could have bought a few lower quality sweaters, and have done so for decades. I like them, but I don’t like them. So I made, MoiShop Smarter decision.
What are you saying? Interested in investment dressing, cost-per-wear, and the Shop Smarter philosophy? Do you divide your purchases into small and large like I do?
End: We look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter. We hope you enjoy this series for the sheer fun of playing in our closet.
great stay, xo
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