This week, I want to talk about splurging. Now obviously, spending tons of money on new clothes is never the goal when shopping on a budget, but sometimes we have to invest in ourselves. But there’s a way to do it efficiently, so you don’t end up with a ton of stuff you don’t wear and can’t return. Here are some of my go-to rules for buying expensive items.
Don’t buy anything the first time you see it.
It’s tempting when you see the cutest pair of shoes or a coat that’s really ‘in’ to buy it before anyone else does. The problem with this is that when we’re overwhelmed with the impulse to shop, we stop really assessing our closet’s needs. Unless it’s on final sale and there’s only one left in your size, wait until another day. If you’re still thinking about it later, it’s worth considering.
Don’t splurge before checking around for a better deal.
This seems obvious, but if you see something you love with a price tag you don’t, check in with stores that tend to follow or discount brands. Target, for example, keeps up with fashion trends rather consistently. It would be heartbreaking to purchase something at full price only to find an exact replica a week later at half the cost. Also, I’m a firm believer in stores like TJ Maxx. I don’t buy anything with a big brand name before checking their inventory.
If you’re looking at vintage or retro items, it might be a good idea to check thrift stores and Goodwill first. You never know who’s giving away their stylish grandmother’s clothes! This is especially useful if you live in a bigger city where people with money to burn are giving away gently used items for minor reasons. I bought a black leather jacket in LA that has a little bit of gold glitter paint on the back that I didn’t notice for weeks. It makes me look fun and filled an empty spot in my closet all for under $10. Win!
Don’t purchase an item without a plan.
If you can’t come up with two or three really great outfits that you could make with your current closet, you may not be ready for this purchase yet. This is less of a hard rule and more of a guideline, but if you can’t wear the piece tomorrow, do you really need it? There are exceptions. If you’re trying to make a style transition, you may have to do some investing before you see much payoff. If you see an item on someone whose style you admire and want to emulate, sometimes a little inspiration can give you the push you need. I’m all about taking risks, but make sure they’re calculated and not just spur of the moment.
Don’t start at the bottom of your priority list.
At any given time, there are a few things I want to add to my closet, but the key is knowing which ones you need and which ones you want to play with. For example, if you’ve put holes in your favorite shoes, replace those before you invest in a funky pair of heels you’ll only be able to wear once in a blue moon. You can definitely add both, but always make sure you’ve got your basics in line before you start throwing in fun things.
If you made it through all of the rules, splurge away!
You deserve nice things! If you’ve found the perfect addition to your closet, don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. There is nothing wrong with paying a little extra for things you love if you know you’ll get your money’s worth. You deserve to feel your best.
Here’s to loving your look!