Last week, I shared my favourite strategic tips and tricks on how to maximise your shopping budgets without having to buy low quality/cheap items all in a bid to save and buy more. In this concluding part, I would be giving more of an advice and also tips on how to shop for the right pieces, that is, buying items you actually need as opposed to buying because they look nice. Without further ado, below are my favourite tips on how to shop right in order to avoid waiting your money.
1. Know Yourself
When I say know yourself, It simply means: know what you like, so you can easily block out every distractions around you; and know what your body type is, so you can buy figure flattering outfits. In essence, these are the elements that would help reflect who you are as a person by the way you dress, boost your confidence, and help you build a good and practical wardrobe for yourself overtime.
2. Avoid Similar Outfits
When shopping you need to avoid buying two of the same or similar outfits, just because the colour or patterns are different (except however in instances where they are actually required, for example wardrobe essentials like Camis’) It is noteworthy that if you have similar outfits of everything there would be nothing exciting and interesting about your looks, because you would always appear the same way. Also, especially if your end goal is to always look elegant whilst maximising your shopping allowance, you would have to be more creative about things you buy.
3. Shop Your Colour
When it comes to choosing colours for the outfits you buy, you need to know beforehand the colours that work for your complexion and stick to them. This is important because by knowing your colours for instance, you can easily block out colours you do not wear from a rack of clothes or effectively use filters during online shopping, which would help save your shopping time. Furthermore, when shopping try not be too adventurous with colours and opt for colours that would easily fit into other items in your wardrobe, good examples are neutrals which have the natural ability to blend with other colours seamlessly.
4. Choose Quality
In as much as the goal is to optimise your shopping expense, try as much as possible to also avoid clothes with low quality, Instead invest in good quality items that will serve you long, in the long run you would have saved more from having to always replace clothes. A good way to identify quality fabrics are by checking out for neat seams, see through fabrics, thicker textured fabrics, dangling treads, polyester(which can be found on the tag behind the clothes) etc. Basically, if any fabric possesses this type of characteristic it is probably not worth buying.
5. Avoid Always Jumping On Trends
I would like to say it is not worth buying trending pieces just because everyone is wearing it, except however the item is versatile and timeless, if otherwise simply avoid it. Usually, what happens is that after a while these pieces go out of style, everyone has it and subsequently it loses its value to you and you no longer want to wear it. Consequently, you start having nothing to wear in a wardrobe full of clothes, thus it is best to buy your basics and essential pieces.