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Getting over the wardrobe blahs
I use to be a "I have nothing to wear" shopper (even though all of my closets would be overflowing with clothing...both new and second-hand) and I realized that a lot of my shopping was due to wardrobe boredom. In order to curb my shopping habit so that I could save more money (good for me) and consume less (good for the environment), I implemented the three strategies below. Also, if I ever do get the itch to go shopping I ALWAYS make a trip to one of my local second-hand stores before I ever go to a regular store. The vast majority of the stuff my husband and I buy is second-hand. Click here to read my post on Why Vintage Clothing Rocks.
1) Try falling in love with your clothing all over again. All of the clothing experts say "throw out anything you haven't worn for 6-months" but then what do you do then? Then you have to go shopping (whether new or previosly-loved), however, my strategy employs one step before purging "unwanted items." When I look at an item I haven't worn in some months I take it out, visualize how much I loved it when I first got it, reappreciate its good qualities and then I FORCE myself to wear it. If I still don't like it after that day I do one of two things: 1) if the reason I don't like it is because the styling is out of date, but the quality of the garment is good, then I store it and reevaluate it next year or 2) if I know I'll never wear the item again, usually because my style has changed or the item no longer fits me well, then I donate it.
2) No more neutrals: Now that I have all the "staples" (pants, jackets, blouses that fit me well in the black, brown and neutral color-ways) I ONLY buy colorful things that I LOVE. Limiting myself to color and to items that I not only like but LOVE is a good way to limit myself.
3) Keep new items back-burnered for a week: When I was younger, whenever I would buy somethig new I would immediately wear it the next day. Now I hang my new item in the closet and when I get dressed I look at the item and imagine what I'd wear it with and get dressed with that in mind. If I find from this excercise that I have similar items already, I'll return the new item.
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