Even though we're living with winter weather we can still shop new season trends by looking to accessories. Add a splash of spring with a Sindy Shopper (€47) from Oasis. The shopper is the perfect size for everyday use and has a longer strap to wear across the body........keeping your hands free for even more new season purchases!!
So many of my personal shopping clients admit they hate shopping. The majority of the time it's because they don't know what they are shopping for. They hit the shops thinking they have nothing to wear and that they need everything from jeans, to tops, to shoes etc.. If you walk into a shop in this frame of mind, you won't know where to start and naturally will find the entire experience overwhelming and unsuccessful.
Everyone makes impulse purchases, but most of the time when we shop for items other than clothing - for example for food, electrical items, household items and so on - we know exactly what we need. In a lot of cases, particularly when food shopping we have a shopping list. So what's to stop us having a shopping list for clothes? I find it brilliant - it means every time I splash out on something new I always come home with a piece that I can instantly make outfits from. Every new purchase adds more value and outfit options to my wardrobe. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED
Create this list the same way you make your food shopping list.....instead of checking what your kitchen presses are lacking, suss out what's missing from your wardrobe.....
Do you need some warm layers?
A smart blazer to dress up your denims or your casual dresses?
Lacking the perfect pair of jeans?
Neutral boots to team with your everyday clothes?
Some new statement tops?
Of course once you have your list this doesn't mean your next trip to your local shops involves ticking everything off this list - Prioritise your needs. Denims are one of the toughest items to shop for and take patience, time, and lots and lots of trying on. So if denims are on your list you must ensure they get a shopping trip all of their own!
Another advantage of knowing what it is you are shopping for is you don't have to rummage through every rail in every store. If you are shopping for new tops, know what shops are worth visiting and when you are in each shop only look at tops. Don't get distracted, or worse still overwhelmed by the vast selection of clothing and accessories in each shop. You are focused - You are a Smart Shopper - You will Enjoy Shopping - You will have Something to wear :-)
Ladies the oh so common scene of standing in front of your wardrobe and moaning ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ is very seldom due to a shortage of clothes. The big issue is lack of wearable clothing, AND - you’re not going to like this - an unorganised wardrobe.
Most wardrobes are overflowing with clothes that, don’t fit, need altering or items which you have nothing to team with. You’ll probably have noticed that your messy bulging wardrobe also means you tend to only wear what’s at the front of your wardrobe over and over again!
Purchasing more clothes is never going to be the solution to having nothing to wear and for most of us it is now no longer an option – we need to start making the most of what we already own by becoming familiar with our wardrobes. I know this is going to sound mind-numbing but the only answer is to clear out your wardrobe.....only clothes you wear should take up valuable hanging space.
To begin take everything out of your wardrobe one item at a time. Each item of clothing needs to be placed in 1 of 3 clothing piles
Pile 1 Clothes you wear regularly;
pieces that compliment your shape and colouring
Pile 2 Clothes you might wear;
items you love but need altering or customising.
Pile 3 Clothes you don’t wear;
pieces that don’t fit, have lost their shape or look, or items you have never worn.
Pile 1goes back into your wardrobe. Never hang clothes in organised outfits as this only limits the amount of looks you can create. Instead hang all tops together, jackets with jackets, dresses with dresses etc.. This will make creating outfits much easier.
Pile 2 only returns to your wardrobe once altered.
Pile 3 is to NOT to go back in your wardrobe. Anything that is not in wearable condition should go to a clothing bank. The remaining items that are in good condition could be material for money making there are many sites and even pages on facebook that allow you to sell your unwanteds. Another option is to donate them to a local Charity shop.
As you work your way through your wardrobe you will come across pieces you would love to wear but have nothing to wear them with. So make yourself a little shopping list as you go. This list should stay in your purse. The next time you’re about to make an impulse purchase – check your list – if it’s not on it then don’t buy it. However if this purchase can be worn with at least three of your existing items of clothing then it is a valuable addition to your wardrobe. The key to remember from now on is – every purchase you make should increase your outfit choices. You are now ready to begin growing a wearable wardrobe :)