Do you ever have buyer’s remorse after you’ve bought a new item? Maybe it was on sale. Or perhaps it was the minimum you had to meet to get free shipping? Regardless, you end up with a purchase that you wished you never made.
Click play to watch the video where I share my stylist tips to help you avoid making shopping mistakes so you always end up with clothing and accessories you want to wear.
And read on for my stylist advice.
The best way to overcome your buyer’s remorse is to prevent it happening in the first place. And the easiest way to do this is to be mindful with your shopping. This means to slow down so you can be more thoughtful with your choices.
Once you’ve slowed down, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to every detail about the item. Whenever I’m preparing a client lookbook, I always check the size charts to confirm the measurements because every brand sizes differently. I’ll also look to see if it’s hand wash or dry clean only. But the most important thing I inspect is the fabric. I don’t do low quality fabrics and neither do my clients.
It’s important to note that whatever you’re about to buy is a valuable addition to your wardrobe. This means that it must fit in with the rest of what you own, and make sense for your lifestyle.
Ask yourself why you’re buying it. Is it a pair of shoes that you want to buy because your old pair is worn down and needs to be replaced? Or is it a gray sweater that you know will go so well with what you’ve got in your closet? Be clear on why you’re buying so it serves a purpose in your wardrobe.
One of the biggest issues I see with my clients is they buy orphan items. They see something, fall in love with it, and bring it home only to find they never wear it. They don’t have anything that matches! To avoid this from happening, think about what you’ll wear your current prospect with. Try to come up with at least 2 outfits that you can create to guarantee this new item becomes well worn in your wardrobe.
Also think about what else you have that’s similar. While it’s nice to have a signature style with common themes, you don’t want to buy items that are the same. Be sure to find some differentiating details in your new piece.
Now you’re getting into the practicality of your purchase. Think about how you spend your time to discover when and where this item fits in. Look at your calendar, and see what’s coming up. Are there any occasions that this item is perfect for? The last thing you need is to buy a body con mini dress because you loved it in the store, but once you got home you acknowledged you have no place to where to wear it.
Lastly, make sure that whatever you buy is something you love. If you kind of like it, or feel that it’s good enough, don’t buy it! You want to LOVE everything you buy.
To stop making shopping mistakes and only end up with clothes you want to wear, be more mindful with your purchases. This includes ensuring the item is good quality, it serves a purpose in your wardrobe, and that you can wear it with other things you already own.