How to Buy Clothes Consciously
The Spring season is almost here, but there is one thing about Florida... seasons don't matter! You never know what you are going to wear when you wake up, until you check the weather app and go outside. Some days you might see me wearing cardigans and sweaters, and other days short sleeves and dresses. You never know, ya know. As a Floridian, it is really hard to stick to a "capsule wardrobe" around these seasons. One season for sure it can be done: Summer. Still, no matter the weather, my Nisolo Mariella Mules are always on repeat! They are getting so worn out, but I love it!
One thing I want to dive in and share more is; how to wear items of clothing in different ways, and how many times you can use that item in an outfit. There are a couple of things I look for when I buy clothes nowadays.
How many outfits can I make out of it
Something I have learned is, when I have an item that I can only wear one way, I tend to not use very much. It almost gets forgotten in my closet. Every time I am browsing for clothes I have a vision in my head of at least two outfits that I can create with that item. It makes getting dressed way more fun too, being creative with your outfit wills show more of a personal style that makes you different from others.
Is the color right to use in different outfits
Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals. Have you ever struggled between two colors in a pair of shoes? Yep, been there. I am even OCD about what color I buy and if it will actually go with so many outfits. For my personal style, neutrals is the way to go. Staying with the whites, blacks, creams and browns is my way to go. Having statement pieces of different types of color is great to have! Especially if you love a color pop in your outfits.
Will I wear it more than once
I feel my husband always asks me this question. I always ask him if he likes something I want to buy, when I am indecisive. He always ask the right question! Haha. You don't want to invest money on something that will not get used, ya know!
Is it comfortable
SO IMPORTANT! If you don't feel right in it, will you really want to wear it again? Will you remember it at all? Will you be excited or frustrated that you have this piece when you put it on? I understand the random times you have to wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes for a party, but I assure you that you can probably find a pair of shoes that combines comfort and style! Don't settle because it was the first thing you saw, or it was the cheapest. I promise, if it doesn’t feel right or comfortable you will forget about it!
Does it look right with my body type
Something I tried for so many years, was to try to fit into a certain style that really didn't look right on me. If it looks good on that person, it has to look awesome on me right?! NO! We are all different, and if you put something on and it just looks odd, but then you say... I can make it work... Nah! You will find the pieces you love on your own skin when you first try them on.
Does it really go along my personal style
I feel this one goes along with the previous one as well. Trying to fit in something that doesn't look right on us and it doesn't really represent our style or the style with want to portray is no fun. I know it’s hard because there are so many trends out there and we love more than one style! And that’s ok! I would advise sitting one day on Pinterest, and find inspirations of styles you love, and at the end, narrow it down to the exact style you know is you, and goes along with your lifestyle and would be excited to wear!
Quality over quantity
I am no expert, AT ALL. But over so many years, I have learned to make smart purchases. Let me tell you, I was the girl who wanted to see how much I could get for $100. Ask me if I have any of those clothes right now????? NONE. With anything cheaply made or lower quality, you will end up spending more money than if you buy the better quality, maybe more expensive item. I also stopped going to the mall and shopping. I online shop and take so long to buy anything. Spending time to find the brands you REALLY love and just shop from those few stores you know you will always love the item. Looking at what kind of material a garment is made of, the texture against your skin, the fit on your body and so on.
Being picky can be a good thing, for your wallet, and it will make your life easier when it comes to picking and create outfits. Holding off on spur of the moment purchases, will really help you decide if you really what that item. Usually if I wait on an item and I haven’t forgotten about it in weeks, then I will most likely add it to my closet. If I forget about it, then I saved time and money on that item that will probably get lost in the closet, and dealing with returning items is not my favorite! The awkward introverted me hates it. Think of your wardrobe as a collection, where you want the best pieces to add and go along well with the others. At least I view it that way, art!