Though I can pretty much find something I like in nearly any store I walk into, I’ve learned over the past years of blogging how to strategicly purchase clothing, shoes, and accessories. I have learned to shop intentionally rather than instinctively to make the most out of my wardrobe.
The single most important thing for me in deciding to purchase an item is whether or not it will easily incorporate into the rest of my wardrobe. In order to get the most wear out of things, especially basics, I want them to effortlessly blend into the rest of what I already own and love! This is primarily why I purchase so many neutral colored items (grey, white, tan, and blush). They are easy to mix-and-match and can be paired a variety of ways.
When shopping for a new item, I like to put together a couple different outfits wearing the item. My current wardrobe consists of numerous basics like jeans, pocket tees, and cardigans. I like to ensure that I can get a lot of wear out of clothing purchases by incorporating new items into a few different outfits.
Another thing I’ve come to learn over the years, is the value of quality vs. quantity. Don’t get me wrong, I live for a good deal and affordable fashion, but there are times, I’ve realized, when it pays to spend just a little more for a better made, more expensive item. For example, jeans and shoes. Knowing that 96% of my tops go well with a pair of dark skinny jeans and that I am going to be wearing them often, I am willing to pay more knowing they are going to last longer than a cheaper pair that would have to be replaced 2-3 times in the same amount of time the more expensive jeans will last.
The same rings true for most pairs of shoes I buy. I tend to splurge when it comes to tennis shoes and boots/booties, knowing that they are items that can be worn for several seasons year after year.
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