Frugal Chic Series: Buy Well

S&S buy well

  • Buy what you love:  One great buying strategy is to buy those items that you absolutely love.  Have you ever tried something on and you just don’t want to take it off?  Those are the items to splurge on and not pass up.  It can be difficult to discern whether you really love something, though.  A lot of times we mistake a feeling of belonging with love when shopping, mostly because we love the idea of belonging.  It can be easy to get caught up in a sale and make split-second buying decisions, but this often results in a closet full of clothes that you never wear more than a few times.    Buy what you love.
  • Buy what fits:  Shopping with a future size in mind is a sure way to end up disappointed.  It’s important to buy what fits now because fit is everything, and you can’t make sure something fits the future you.  Plus if you’re anything like me you will want to don your new purchase ASAP, and buying for a future version of yourself doesn’t let you enjoy your purchase while it’s still new and fresh off the rack.
  • Buy what makes you look and feel good:  This point is SUPER important – there’s no use buying something unless you think you look good in it and you feel good while wearing it.  Your besties may tell you that crop tops are so cute on you, but if you aren’t comfortable in them you’ll never end up wearing one without being self conscious, and that’s no way to live.  You want your clothes to empower you and help you become the best version of yourself, but ill-fitting clothing is not likely to empower you.  If you find something that you love, that fits, looks good on, and makes you feel like a million bucks, I’d say snap it up in a heartbeat!
  • Buy quality items:  Fit may be everything, but quality is what takes your look from cheap to chic.  Items don’t have to be the most expensive clothes in the world to be great quality (plus, price tags don’t give you a realistic picture of quality).  Quality can be measured by the fabric itself, the construction, and the overall design aesthetic.  Now don’t get me wrong, some things are totally worth the heftier price tag, especially if a certain brand or style makes you feel great, but don’t automatically think that all expensive clothing is worth the heavy price.

When shopping for the long-haul, avoid buying:

  • Items you don’t love
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit you right now
  • Clothes that don’t make you look and feel great
  • Cheap quality items


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