It’s #fashionfriday, everyone’s favorite day of the week! Thank you for sticking around for the second installment of the Styled By Erika series, Learning from Your Shopping Mistakes & Setting Your Budget.
I touched on this last week in Defining Your Style but when I had my daughter Rylie, I decided I hated everything in my closet and wanted to start over from scratch. At that point in time I definitely didn’t have the shopping budget required to do the complete closet overhaul that I was longing for. This led to quite a few poor shopping decisions.
Pinterest was great for giving me ideas on where to begin but actually finding things similar to what I had been pinning wasn’t so easy. I ended up with a closet full of visually similar items to those I had pinned but I could never quite “get the look” right. It took me quite a while to figure out what I had been doing wrong. Here are some things I have learned along the way:
Quality Over Quantity
In almost every single aspect of your life the general rule of “quality over quantity” applies. I cannot stress that enough. The car you buy, the food you eat and even the clothes you wear. It really does matter. I understand that everyone has different budgets and priorities. I’m also not telling you to spend $220 on a pair of jeans because they have some designer name stitched onto the butt. As with anything, always do your best with what you have.
Forever 21 and other discount stores used to be my go-to’s for their affordable prices and hot trends. Some of their clothing does hold up pretty well but I would say a majority of the time the quality and fit are sub-par. Chances are no matter how cheap something is, if you don’t feel good in it you won’t wear it. Period.
Not Paying Attention to My Style
Just because a certain outfit looks good on someone else, doesn’t mean that it will look good on you or that it’s practical for you. There are tons of beautiful pieces of clothing that I have bought with hopes of styling them just as I had seen on Pinterest only for them to sit in my closet with the tags on. Take your own lifestyle and personal style preferences into consideration before shopping for something new. I love the midi skirt trend right now but I am far too petite and casual to make that work in my lifestyle.
Not Having a Plan
Just as shopping for groceries without a list is a bad idea, the same applies to shopping for clothing. If you buy something simply because “it’s so cute” with no plan or intention for how or where to wear it, it will sit there unworn. When debating whether or not to add something new to my wardrobe I will do a quick Pinterest search and find at least 5 ways to style it. If I can’t style something 5 ways, it has no business in my closet. This also helps to ensure I’m getting the most bang for my buck out of everything that I purchase.
Establish a Color Palette
This goes hand in hand with planning ahead. Knowing what you’re shopping for and what colors you’re shopping for definitely take a lot of guesswork out of getting dressed. It also helps to ensure you have a fully mix and matchable, cohesive closet full of clothes to work with.
Not Taking Closet Inventory
Please tell me I’m not the only person guilty of buying the same thing over and over. Before shopping for anything new, take inventory of what you have. Make notes of anything you feel like you are missing and anything that is damaged. Try things on and make sure you still like the way they fit and make you feel. If they no longer make you feel good, it’s time to donate.
Setting a Clothing Budget
Most of us buy our clothing on an as wanted or as needed basis. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of this for a long time. If you want quality pieces that will last season after season, you might need to invest a little bit of money into them. As stated above, I know everyone’s budgets are different but I’ve found about $25-50 per month per child and $50-100 per month per adult works pretty well for us. Does this mean you need to spend that much every month? Of course not, but based on average prices and seasonal needs this is what we end up spending on average. This includes all articles of clothing from undergarments and pajamas to activewear and everyday attire.
Another way to stretch your dollar further is by shopping second hand. You can typically find amazing deals on Poshmark and you’re being green by wearing previously loved clothing.
As always, I’m here to help with any questions you may have. Feel free to email me (fill out the contact form in the about section). I love hearing from you!