How To Stop Buying Cheap Clothes That You Won’t Wear

How To Stop Buying Cheap Clothes That You Won’t Wear

Do you LOVE getting a deal on your clothes? 

I do.

I’m an avid discount shopper and frequently buy second hand.  

And what I’ve learned is that the ongoing search to save money on my outfits doesn’t always end well. In fact, it often backfires!

I’ll explain.

Let’s say you had your eye on a new winter coat. It costs $700. You don’t usually spend that much on your clothes. 

More specifically, you don’t usually spend that much on YOURSELF.

So you don’t buy the coat.

Instead you buy another coat that you saw at Marshalls for $79.99 —a steal! 

Then you get it home, wear it a few times, and realize you don’t love the coat. You still want the original for $700.

See how that works? 

The cheaper coat wasn’t what you wanted. You bought it to save money. It ends up as clutter in your closet AND you still want the original coat. 

Have you ever bought something because of its price?

It’s like, Look how cheap this is! Must buy.

But buying something to save money often results in a shopping mistake. 

Stop Buying Stuff You Don’t Love

Rather than buying to save money, buy what you love! Get what you want! You deserve it.

If shopping for discounts and second hand is fun for you, do that too!

Just be weary of the pitfalls that come with shopping to save money.

To help you stop buying what you don’t love, click play on the video! I share why you keep doing this and how to break the cycle.

And read on for 3 tips to get what you want that’s on sale, or second hand.

Use A Color Filter

A simple way to discern what’s right to buy is to go by its color. Especially when you’re shopping for items that’ll go near your face. Avoid colors that wash you out or make you look tired. I know how tempting it is to buy a cute sweater even when you know the color looks terrible on you. (Guilty of this exact shopping mistake!) Trust me, you don’t need another sweater that clashes with your skin. Stick with colors that make you look vibrant and alive.

Opt For Excellence

Often discount stores and thrift shops have defective pieces. Irregular is the word they frequently use. It’s not always a problem to buy these things. Many times it’s not noticeable. I recently got a pair of pants by the brand PAIGE with the irregular marking, and they fit great. Also second hand stores sometimes sell items that are stained or with small rips. This is a red flag. Unless you’re prepared to spend the time and energy repairing your garments (if that’s even an option), don’t buy items that aren’t in excellent condition. 

Stop Buying Random Pieces

Lastly, be sure that the item belongs in your style. Seeing a cool camouflage coat on the hanger in one thing. Buying it because it looks cool is another. New clothes will catch your eye! Use your judgement to decide if it’s really YOU, or if you’re buying because it seems fun and different.

Fun and different isn’t a bad idea if you’ll wear it. So if there’s something you’re considering in this category of fun and different, come up with 3 outfits to wear with this item. If you there aren’t 3 outfit ideas, it’s probably too random to live in your closet. Oh, also…it has to be 3 outfits that you’ll wear!

Being a bargain hunter isn’t a problem. The issue is when you buy things because of the bargain, and not because it’s something you love and will wear. Stop buying to save money! And start focusing on YOUR style and the clothes that support you — like my client, Laura…


Are you stuck in a cycle of buying cheap clothes? The solution isn’t to buy expensive clothes. It’s to buy the right clothes, and this doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! Invest in the items that support your style.

Even if you don’t know what your style is, or you’re not sure what pieces your wardrobe needs, I can help. Book a complimentary clarity call and we’ll discuss what’s going on with your style and how to have a wardrobe made up of clothes you always want to wear. Click here to book your call.

Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.

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