Do you wear everything you buy? My aim in writing this post is to help my readers clarify whether their shopping habits are working for them. There are many reasons why we shop, addictions, buying into marketing campaigns. Or reasons we don't shop, like lack of time or low self esteem. But for the purposes of this post the aim of shopping is to create a wardrobe that only contains items that you like and you enjoy wearing.
I work with many different types of shoppers, from clients who hate it to those who cannot get enough of it. And budgets vary vastly too.
First of all it's helpful of recognise what sort of shopper you are:
fast fashion consumer
Shop only when needed
Buying because it is on sale/ bargain motivated
Saving for what you really want
An online shopper
Shop wherever is most convenient
If you are buying clothes and not wearing them or not enjoying wearing them, then your shopping is likely to not be working for you. However if you love what you've got in your wardrobe and enjoy wearing it - it's working. Do you wear everything you buy? If not, what percentage of what you buy don't you wear?
Now you have established what type of shopper you are, it's time for a bit of self analysis. Think of your shopping habits and try to answer the following questions:
Do you work out what you need, then buy it?
Do you buy clothes you enjoy wearing for the life you live?
Do you buy clothes that represent how you want to look?
Do you buy for your current size and shape?
Before shopping with a client we create a shopping list to fill or replace any gaps or worn out clothes in their wardrobes. Sometimes a client is in a habit of going to the same old shops so by introducing new shops new possibilities open up. Sometimes that is all that's needed - a bit of inspiration. It's important to keep the momentum going during the shopping trip, so we reach our goal of buying all the items on our shopping list. This is a quote taken from an email I recently received:
"Clary, I loved our shopping session together, it was great having someone to keep the momentum going towards on our goals, when otherwise I would have got overwhelmed with choice and indecision, and ground to a halt!"
The idea behind doing the preparation before we shop is so you are making considered purchases, deciding in the changing room whether you are going to allow that item into your wardrobe. Asking does wearing it help you to feel good and will you enjoy wearing it? Think of yourself as the gatekeeper to your wardrobe, what you allow in will be what you are surrounded by. It's your choice and it really is that simple.
Here's an image of some shopping preparation I did some years ago.
Do you think you are any closer to becoming a considered shopper?