Always Ask Yourself These Questions Before Buying New Clothes
Clothes shopping can prove to be both a necessity and a guilty pleasure. While many clothes that we buy are necessary replacements for items that we've outgrown or worn out, others are the result of a fun shopping spree with friends, where what was supposed to be a quick trip to the store turns into a shopping expedition where friends bathe in the pleasure of trying on a range of trendy outfits. Despite being a joyful moment of friendship to cherish, these shopping sprees can leave a major dent in your budget, especially when faced with ongoing financial challenges worldwide. So, in order to avoid losing an unnecessary amount of money the next time you go to the mall, here are some questions that you should ask yourself before buying that cute outfit.
How Often Will I Wear It?
Sometimes, occasions arise for wearing elegant clothing, from weddings to engagement parties and cocktail parties. But while you might want to look your best at such events, the question you have to ask yourself is whether it's worth buying an entirely new outfit that you're likely to almost never wear? Before splurging on a lavish dress that you'll only wear once or twice per year, consider putting that money towards clothing that you actually need on a regular basis, most of which will actually be significantly cheaper.
Do I only want it because it's on sale?
Oftentimes, seeing an enormous "sale" poster in a store window is enough to lure in unsuspecting shoppers. Even if the discounted prices of the items of interest aren't that affordable, the fact that the price tag has been slashed is enough to convince many shoppers that they have to take advantage of the seemingly "great" deal in front of them. The next time you find yourself browsing at a mouthwatering sale, ask yourself if the item is really something that you need.
What are the hidden costs?
So, you've found a stylish coat that you know you're going to get a lot of good use out of. What's more, it's actually reasonably priced! Even though it seems to check off all the boxes, there's something else you need to consider before making the final purchase — could this garment end up costing you more money in the long run? From dry-clean only products to items that need to be tailored to fit, some items require maintenance and additional costs that ultimately make the seemingly great deal not worth it.
Does this match my other clothes?
You've browsed the entire store and finally found a garment that catches your eye. While it may be stylish and look amazing, it's important to consider whether or not it fits in with the rest of your wardrobe. Think about your other clothes at home and try to imagine the outfits that this garment would match. If you're struggling to imagine how this item will fit in with your existing wardrobe, it probably isn't right for you.