I’ve drastically shifted my shopping habits in the last few years, before you would find me spending a considerable amount of money on clothes every season. I would see a trendy piece and desperately go out of my way to add it to my wardrobe.
This obsession left me with an unprecedented amount of clothes that I did’t wear. Fast forward to today, and I have thankfully slowly grown out of that habit. I now buy clothes sparingly, trying to get the best use out of them.
When I do end up buying something new, it is because there is a valid reason which is not driven by a new trend or bad habits.
Here are my five signs that tell you when to buy new clothes.
1. WHEN YOUR BODY CHANGES
The last year I have been increasing my exercise routine, resulting in a much-welcomed toning of my muscles.
A once slender physique has now grown a bit of muscle. Great for me, bad for my clothes. A slim-fit t-shirt now clings to my body for dear life.
2. WHEN YOUR CLOTHES FALL APART
A simple and easy sign that tells signals a replacement, but that hasn’t stopped me from still wearing my jeans that have a hole in the crotch.
3. WHEN THE COLOUR FADES
It’s time for a replacement when the colour of your clothing has faded to an unrecognisable shade. An example of this is black denim. You have a problem when your black jeans are bordering on the grey side. While some colours may look ok when they have faded, no one likes a sad, faded black wash.
4. WHEN A STAIN DOESN’T BUDGE
Sometimes I get careless and stain my clothes. I use a lot of castor oil in my hair, and I curse when a drop makes its way onto my cream tailored trouser. Other bad habits include being a messy eater or cooking in my favourite clothes. The problem with stains is that they stain and they are near enough impossible to remove.
5. WHEN YOUR STYLE CHANGES
About a year ago, I finally developed my style attitude. I switched from a more skinny fit to one more relaxed. All my trousers were in the wrong silhouette forcing me to go out and buy more relaxed trousers.
What are some of the signals you follow that tell you to buy new clothes?