We’re well and truly into the new year and with a new year comes the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions. Here in Jia Collection HQ, we recently stumbled across an article (from 2011) suggesting women don’t wear half of the pairs of shoes they buy. This got us thinking about all of the pieces of clothing we have bought and never/rarely or worn. Believe us when we say there are A LOT of barely or never worn (yes the tags are still on them) clothes hanging in our wardrobes. So, we decided we were going to make a New Year’s Resolution to stop wasting money buying clothes we never wear. Now we know we aren’t the only ladies guilty of buying clothes that rarely see the light of day. In fact, we’re pretty sure most women are guilty of this, so we decided to share just how exactly we plan on putting our resolution into action.
1. Know What Works For You.
One of the most important factors when buying clothes is to know what works for you and your body shape. All too often, women buy clothes that follow the latest trends but don’t really suit their shape or flatter their figure. When this happens, chances are you’re rarely going to wear the item. So when you’re shopping, be sure to choose items that make the most of your body and make you feel a million bucks.
If you need a little guidance on how to buy clothes to suit you shape check out our guide to dressing for you figure.
2. Ask Yourself “When Will I Wear This?”
It’s very easy to fall in love with a beautiful dress or pair of shoes and tell yourself you can’t possibly live without them. In reality you can live without them, so before you hand over that credit card ask yourself “when or where will I wear this?” If you can’t answer this simple question, it’s time to step away from the cash register.
3. Buy Pieces You Feel Comfortable In
One of the most important things when buying clothes is to buy pieces you feel comfortable wearing. We all love our comfort and to feel at ease in our clothes so if you feel that dress is a little on the short side, or maybe that top is a little too low, then it probably isn’t right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable trying it on by yourself, then you definitely won’t feel comfortable wearing it in public, and then what happens? It’ll be banished to the back of the wardrobe to collect dust.
4. Ask Yourself: “Would I Buy this if it Wasn’t on Sale?”.
We’re all guilty of falling into the sales trap. We see something with 50% or 70% off and think we can’t possibly leave such a bargain behind. In reality, if you aren’t willing to pay full price for the item, then you probably don’t want/need it as much as you think. Everyone loves a good bargain, but how often do you actually wear these pieces? It might only cost $5, but if you never wear the item it’s $5 wasted. So before you pick up that bargain, be sure to ask yourself “would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?”
5. Buy Multifunctional Pieces
Last but not least, one of the best ways to stop wasting money on clothes you rarely wear is to invest in versatile pieces. Versatile pieces can be those key wardrobe items that you wear time and time again and that look good with absolutely everything. They can also be multifunctional pieces – pieces that can be reversed and converted to create many different looks. Having versatile pieces in your wardrobe is a sure fire way to guarantee you get more value from your clothes, so make sure you invest in these pieces the next time you’re shopping.