Every year I make a few New Year’s Resolutions and try my best to stick to them. One of this year’s resolutions is to change my shopping strategy. “What does this mean?” I hear you ask. In 2017 I want to focus more on quality rather than quantity. I want to invest in those classic pieces that will bring you from season to season year upon year. This strategy will apply to shopping on the high-street as well as designer purchases. Also when I say I want to focus on quality rather than quantity this does not necessarily mean spending more as I find the high-street offers plenty of quality. Keep an eye on the shop section of Unrivalled Chic which features my Wishlist and Recent Purchases. Here you will get an idea of what I’m purchasing. I feel by changing my shopping strategy I will make less ‘spur of the moment’ purchases and hopefully in turn this will help me create a capsule collection all of my own. I have included a few steps below on how I plan to achieve this, enjoy!
This is the first step on the road to helping me change my strategy. In doing this I have more space in my wardrobe and I am wearing clothes I had forgotten I have! To do this I made three piles – 1. Pieces I’m keeping, 2. Pieces for the charity shop and 3. Pieces for the bin. There was also a lot of trying on and making sure everything was a good fit, if not it went in pile 3. Once you have completed this another good tip is to turn all the hangers in your closet backwards. Whenever you wear something replace the hanger the right way. In a year give away every piece of clothing that is hanging on the backwards hangers.
When I think of Investment Pieces I think of luxurious materials such as soft leathers, cashmere, silk shirts etc. I know these items are expensive but once you invest and care for them properly you will have them for life. I spoke more about this here. Another pieces of advice when investing in these is go for neutral colours, these will work well in trying to create a timeless wardrobe.
I love making designer purchases. However in keeping with changing my shopping strategy I will be steering away from the ‘It’ bags! My favourite brands to shop are Louis Vuitton, Celine, Hermes, Chanel & Gucci. I think these brands are timeless and hold their value extremely well. Keep an eye out for second-hand bargains too. As you all know I’m a huge Siopaella fan, anything they sell is usually like brand new!
This topic is a double edge sword as to make the purchases I speak of above you need to save. However, my hope in time would be that by not making off the cuff purchases I will save money. Another tip is analysing your budget and sticking to it.
“A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Plan for events that you might need to update your wardrobe for. I think this will help you save as you will be buying an item with an event in mind rather than buying for the sake of it. I think the latter can lead to forgetting about items and over-purchasing. Also, dress hire is another good option. Places like the Ivory Closet in Limerick are great and they offer a delivery service.
I’m sure I’ll fall off the wagon from time to time but I’m hoping these tips well help create a wardrobe that will work hard for me. I would love to hear if you guys are making any shopping/wardrobe changes in 2017. Just leave a comment below.