Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve been wanting to post about my fashion resolution for a few days now, but only just found the time. Can you believe we’re already a week into 2013? It seems like my Winter break only just started and its almost over. But I digress…
Since I am officially graduating from college this May, I decided that my resolution this year would be to work towards a fully functioning, versatile, adult wardrobe. After all, I can only assume one pair of dress pants and a tuxedo jacket will not suffice in an office environment. And let’s just say that if I were to be invited to two cocktail parties in one weekend, I’d have no choice but to wear my entire evening wear wardrobe in one go. I need to ween off the cheaper trendy casual pieces (curse you H&M) and instead invest more in versatile staples.
I decided to start this process with a minor purge; getting rid of all old garments that had stained or ripped or warped over the years. To my surprise, I ended up donating a significant amount of clothing that I had almost never worn … and honestly I don’t know why I bought it.
The shift dress from H&M that was at least 2 sizes too big but I thought I could pull off with a belt. The skirt from American Apparel that I had ordered online a size too small but never bothered to return because, hey, it wasn’t that uncomfortable. The sweater I bought online from Express that was a little more sparkly than the website had lead me to believe, but I kept it because an occasion might arise when I would need it.
The list goes on.
What is wrong with me? I’ll tell you what: the sale.
All of these items were on sale when I bought them. Ridiculously discounted. We’re talking final clearance here…with a coupon. And I, always being on the hunt for the deal, bought them. I lead myself to believe that I was saving money, when in fact, I barely wore any of these things. When you consider cost per wear, I was wasting a ton of money.
This, sad as it is, really gave me the kick I needed and convinced me that this resolution will be a good thing. So from now on I will be buying quality basics (ex: the white shirt, the LBD, the suit) and not items that I hope to wear because they’re cute or insanely cheap, even though they aren’t my style (I’m looking at you, flow-y lace H&M mini skirt).
This isn’t to say that sales are off limits. Hell, if I can find a quality garment that I love at a discounted price that would be even better, but for now I’m going to give myself these basic buying guidelines and stick to them:
1. Do you LOVE it?
2. Is it flattering?
3. Does it fit? If it doesn’t, will you bother to bring it to the tailor?
4. Is it up to par in both form and function?
5. Does it integrate well into your current wardrobe?
6. What is the estimated cost per wear? Is that worth it to you?
What do you guys think? Do you have a shopping weakness or impulse buying problem? How about shopping guidelines that help you save money? Let me know in the comments!