Today's guest post is from my Sweden-based blogger friend Anna! Read on to learn her tips on how to only buy what you need!
Hi Sweetened Style Readers! I am Anna from Four Seasons One Wardrobe. I am really excited to be over here at Sweetened Style. Faith has such a cute style and she has some really good advice about frugal style. As Faith said that I could blog about almost what ever I liked, I thought I should keep to one of the main themes of the blog – frugal living.
Among Faith’s secrets to a frugal wardrobe, I think point number 5 is the most important – to only buy what you need. Faith suggests that you should keep a list and I try to do the same. But still it happens that I buy things on my list and still the piece stays in my wardrobe. Why? I have given this a lot of thought and below I am going share some of the reasons I have found and my solution to them. I hope you will find them as useful as I do.
Reason 1. The clothes are too small or ill fitting. I am a curvy girl and sometimes it is hard to admit that some clothes do not look good on me. I buy the clothes anyway and convince myself that I will lose some weight and/or that it looks better on me than it does. Freud would call it defense mechanisms, I call it a waste of money.
Solution: Buy clothes that fit your present weight and body type. Be brutally honest with yourself. If the clothes don’t fit your present weight and/or body type, don’t buy them. Too small or ill fitting clothes will not make you happy and will not be a friend to support you to lose weight. Instead they will give you bad conscience. If you lose weight, there will be other amazing clothes to treat yourself with.
Reason 2. I buy clothes that are not my style. This has often happened to me when I have seen a person with an amazing style. But for some styles it is not enough to buy one piece, you might need to buy a whole outfit and change your hairstyle.
Solution: Ask your self if this is your style and if you have other pieces in your wardrobe that match the piece and the style. I don’t think a person can’t change style or needs to stick to one style, but you might need to stick to a couple of styles. The styles you select need to fit your work life and your leisure time activities, fit your body type and hair, but also the impression you want to project to other people.
Problem 3. The garment doesn’t make me happy. I often make these wrong purchases when I need a staple piece, like a new pair of jeans or a cardigan and/or for a special event and I need it urgently.
Solution: Be patient. Don’t buy the staple pieces until you have found the one with the right cut, details, and fabric. If you don’t want to wear it immediately, don’t buy it! It is better to spend a little bit more on one piece and wear it often, than buy several and never wear them.
This outfit represents some of the pieces in my wardrobe that fit me well, is my style, and makes me happy. If you want to see how I have styled these pieces in other ways, welcome to visit me at Four Seasons One Wardrobe.
Cardigan – Vero Moda, Skirt – Sunshine, MQ (Swedish brand – think New Yorker & Co), Tights – I am impressed by those who remember where they bought their tights, Boots – Clarks, Belt – Zoul, MQ
Thanks for the awesome tips Anna! Be sure to check out Anna's blog for more of her great style! :)