Tips and tricks: How to prevent buying things you’ll never wear

Tips and tricks: How to prevent buying things you’ll never wear

After cleaning out your closet, you can’t help but notice that there’s quite a pile of clothes you’ve hardly ever worn, some of them even have the tags still on. Sounds familiar? Here’s how to prevent buying things you’ll never wear. Or, in other words: how to master the art of clever shopping!

Find out what your wardrobe lacks

Take the time to raid your wardrobe and see what’s still missing, and what you’ve already got plenty of. This is also a good time to do a wardrobe detox. Out with the old, in with the new!

Make lists

Before you actually start shopping, pen down a list containing the things you want to buy. Whenever I go shopping I always need some sort of plan. Otherwise chances are I’ll get overwhelmed by all of the items in the racks, which will result in a) impulsively wanting to buy everything or b) suddenly not knowing what I like anymore.

Careful with sale

I know, sale is like the most wonderful time of the year. Be careful though! It’s so easy to just grab along everything you come across while walking down the shopping isles, just because it’s cheap(er).

Take your freshly created list and set a budget for yourself, so you won’t spend up to your last penny on sale items.

Buy less, choose well

Although I’ll admit that I used to think so, shopping is not about popping as much tags as possible. I’ve come to realize that it’s all about the buy less, choose well principle. Before buying something, ask yourself how you’re going to wear it. Try to come up with multiple (different!) ways. As well as this, look for quality. I have had the same wonderful handmade pair of Cutler and Gross sunglasses for many years now, and yes they cost a lot when I bought them, but the quality really shines through!

Pay attention to fabrics

One of the first things you should check before purchasing something is the material. Silk, cotton, linen and other natural fibers are usually worth more than synthetic stuff. The price of those fabrics is probably higher, but they’re also of better quality so it’s likely you’ll enjoy wearing them longer.

Are you an impulsive shopper or do you always make a plan beforehand?