I like shopping. So does my sister. And my mom. So we can do some serious damage when we are all together. And I don’t mean financial damage, I mean “the day is gone and we spent 15 hours shopping” damage. We are machines.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to shopping and buying clothes. One of them being, I could wear jeans, a white top, and grey wedges every single day. And I don’t really even feel bad about it. A good friend of mine once called me a chromaphobe, which is a person afraid of color. It’s sort of true. See photo.
<—-This is my idea of color blocking. grey. navy. not bright.
So I’m learning.
I thought I would share a few of the things I’ve learned:
1. Decide what pieces are going to be your “investment” pieces.
For me, that’s jeans and shoes. I wear jeans almost every day. To work, after work, before work, weekends. It’s jeans. Always.
And shoes are very important to me because I spend so much time on my feet at work.
2. Buy for your body shape.
I would describe my shape as pear. Therefore: skinny jeans ain’t workin’ on this bod. And I am okay with that! I wear a lot of flare and bootcut jeans to balance my shape. And if I want to wear a loose/flowy sweater, I should probably belt it.
3. If your house was on fire, and you could only grab 10 items of clothes, which ones would you grab?
My answer would be: anything from J. Crew or Target. I live in Target shoes & tops, and J.Crew (oftentimes the Outlet) tops. Oh and a few of my purses from various outlets.
Continue to shop at these stores. And figure out which stores you should shop less at based on the clothes you would leave behind.
4. Don’t save outfits.
I would always “save” an outfit for the perfect day, but then I would never wear it. I had to save it.
Nope. Stop doing that. Just wear it! And wear it again! Often I think, “oh my gosh. people will notice if I wear the same shirt in 2 weeks. . .!”. Let me tell you this: They probably won’t. So wear it!
5. Take care of your clothes!
I have a tailor here in Raleigh that I go to who does a fantastic job with hemming my jeans. I’m about 5’5”, so regular jeans are too long for me and my little wedges. So I usually have all my jeans hemmed 1/2 inch. And then they are perfect.
I recently bought a pair of jeans from J.Crew. They are perfection. Best Jeans Ever. I wear them almost everyday.
But they were too long. I took them to my tailor (but I had nightmares that the building would burn down and my jeans would be gone forever. . .) and had them hemmed 1/2 inch. When I tried them on back at my house, I cried out. “I LOVE YOU JUNE!” (my tailor’s name is June). My cats looked at me like I was crazy.
Also, and my sister always reminds me of this, launder your clothes accordingly. Hang shirts to dry if you don’t want them to shrink. Then toss in the dryer with a damp cloth to get rid of wrinkles. Get a steamer, to steam sweaters with wrinkles.
Does this post make you want to go shopping? Me too. So I’m going tomorrow. With my fashionable sister. I might buy leggings. I know, kinda late on that trend.