Before You Buy….The Questions To Ask Yourself

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Anyone else struggle with the “I Want’s” every time you get on Instagram, or make a Target run?! I have to say I do love to shop and I love styling my wardrobe….but I turned over a new leaf with my shopping habits about a year ago. I learned, (over time) the importance of taking my time and really look, research, shop around, before I buy in order to avoid impulsive shopping. I was tired of filling my wardrobe with pieces that I didn’t REALLY love, or need, or didn’t go with the rest of what I already owned.
So in case you are like me and need help to curb your “buy now” appetite that so many of us get when we see something on Instagram we really love, or when we walk into a store and our eyes go wild with excitement over the “sale”…..Here are a few key questions to ask yourself before you hit the “Pay Now” button, or walk up to the register:
1. Need…
  • Do I really, truly, honestly need it?
  • Do I have something (or five somethings) that are similar?
2. Use…
  • Do I have something to wear with it?
  • Do I have multiple things to wear with it?
  • Will I really wear it, and how often?
3. Love…
  • Am I in love with it?
  • Does it look good on me?
4. Quality…
  • Did I check the label?
  • Is it good quality fabric? (i.e cotton, silk, wool, linen, leather)
  • Is it well structured, does the stitching seem firm?
  • Will it last after a few washes?
4. Price & Value….
  • Can I afford it?
  • Will I regret it?
  • Is it good value for the price?
  • Or is it just cheap?

* It is always a good rule of thumb to think about a purchase for a day or two….if you just can’t get that top, or dress, or bag out of your mind after a few days and you just absolutely love it, and can’t live without it, get it. Odds are you will wear and enjoy that item! If you have forgotten about that “must-have” top after a day, or decided its not really that great, then you have your answer. When if doubt, wait it out!

Your answers to the above questions should always be a firm Yes or No. That way you can avoid wasteful spending on items that you don’t love or will never wear. That way your wardrobe will be filled with pieces that you wear often and truly love. That is the goal here my sweet friends….to simplify your life and have a closet that works for you and your lifestyle!

I hope you found these buying tips/questions helpful as you build your summer wardrobe and will save you from regret any future purchases.

Stay tuned for next weeks blog as I share my summer capsule and how I put together a cohesive, wearable wardrobe for my lifestyle as a work-at home, mom. For daily outfit inspiration make sure to follow me on Instagram and join my Facebook Style Group to watch my Tip for Tuesday LIVE style tutorials every week, as I share simple, practical style tips to implement into your summer wardrobe!

Blessings, Sarah

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