To Buy Or Not To Buy? ...That is the question!

To Buy Or Not To Buy? ...That is the question!

To Buy Or Not To Buy? ...That is the question!

We may have overstuffed our belly’s in the holidays with Christmas turkey and all its wonderful trimmings but have our wardrobes undergone the same treatment too as we rushed out into the sales and were enticed by all the beautiful festive displays along the high street?

Were you wooed into thinking that you needed another black blazer or cardigan for work or that you just had to have that sparkly number beckoning you from the sales aisle.

Now I'm not saying that picking up a bargain or two isn't a wonderful thing. However many of us have too many unloved, unworn items already lurking lonesomely in the recesses of our wardrobes and drawer units. We can’t know what to buy unless we fully know what we’ve got already

So clear out the old, pass it on, throw it out, post on e-bay..whatever you need to. You may also come across some forgotten items from yesteryear that spark love in you once again….
so its not all doom and gloom - I promise.
The best shopping trips are guilt free, and while the holiday season may have stretched our bank accounts a little too much we can still take advantage of this sale season if we are purposeful in what we buy.

1. Want v Need

Do you need it? Lets face it…all of us have fallen at some time or another for the 70% markdown label coupled with the glitzy banner size SALE signs on every rail. oh the possibilities!! However that's exactly what our profit driven fashion brands are banking on..They key to having the wardrobe you want is not being persuaded by the allure of cheap multiple purchases that you don't really need or haven't really planned for.

2. Doubling Up

Do you have a similar item in your wardrobe already that is still wearable? This is a subtle hole we fall into, especially when we find a style or colour that works for us. We end up creating a safe zone for ourselves as we create a wonderful rail of similar looking items in our wardrobes which limit our choices and the possibility of choosing different outfits and being flexible with our style.

3. Playing it Safe

Are you playing it safe again with colour? While plain black blazers and white singlet tops are a staple in any good work wardrobe we can afford to be more daring with our corporate style. If you wear too much black (ask your husband, boyfriend, best friend?) then charcoal greys, dark maroons and navy blues provide an excellent alternative that should go with all your corresponding under shirts and tops.

4. Would you buy it full price?

Ooh I just loved this question when I first heard it. It got me thinking big time! So would you? Is it truly a bargain in that it would have made your shopping basket anyway, especially in terms of quality and need. Or have you been whisked away into "lala fashion land" (actually the only place where you will really wear it) buying a garment that you don't need and probably wont wear.

5. The Laundry Test

Will it wash 45 times or more? This is a good test of when considering the quality of a garment.  Is it good enough quality? Will it fill you with joy initially as you step out in your new style only to leave you feeling forlorn and regretful a few months later when what was soft and fluffy is now bobbly, misshapen and dull. I always look at the fabric labels to get an idea of the quality. Look for fraying seams and loose buttons. Acrylics jumpers are cheap and even making the quality rails of M&S these days. However, they are not likely to look as good after a few 30 degree washes. Trust me!

Be brave ladies, its not easy to say "no" when everything inside is screaming "Get It!..It only cost £....its such a lovely style!"  Keep your eyes fixed on the prize and the promise of a healthy New Year's "wear-drobe" that you love and love's you!

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