The entire purpose of the garment industry is to tempt you to buy things that you don’t need. I think we can agree that we are far past the point of saying that they exist to make sure that we’re all appropriate attired for the weather and our social environment. Most people have far more clothes that they’ll ever need!
But sometimes, you do want to buy something new. Maybe just a refresh to your existing wardrobe, or a treat because you deserve one. There’s nothing wrong with this thinking, in moderation – so long as it IS thinking, and not just an emotional response.
So how to know?
Let’s say that you’ve seen a cardigan that you really love. REALLY love…
First thing is to determine if the colors of the garment are right for you, and then secondly if the style of the garment reflect your personal style – or maybe is a style direction in which you wish to move.
After you’ve determined that the garment suits you, you need to make sure that this isn’t a duplicate in your wardrobe. It’s not wrong to have a couple of pieces that serve the same purpose, but you don’t really need to have 6 or 7 grey cardigans, do you?
If you’re STILL looking at this object of your desire, start imagining how you’re going to wear it? Can you go dressy?
isn’t this a delicious dress?
Maybe you can take the dressiness level down a notch and see how you fare:
Maybe 2 outfits is really all you need to justify the purchase, but don’t discount the possibility of how a nice sweater will look with dress pants:
Maybe more casual pants? In cold weather, nothing’s more fun (to me) than pulling out corduroy; I love corduroy…
At this point, if you haven’t decided to go ahead and buy your current crush, I don’t know WHAT you’re waiting for! But just in case, let’s see if this sweater works well with jeans:
Maybe you don’t need to go through this level of analysis before you make every purchase, but this kind of thinking can save money and those annoying shopping errors!