Do you really need to buy something new? That is a question that I am slowly starting to introducing into my life when It comes to buying new clothes.
Whether it is the overwhelming pressure of the fashion world to buy something new and trendy, or maybe you have reached a point where you hate everything in your wardrobe. Your internal fashion voice will always find an excuse to justify the need to spend money on clothes.
The trick is to use an evidence-based approach to counterbalance your internal fashion voice. Here are five signs that tell you to stop buying clothes.
1. NOT WASHING CLOTHES OFTEN
You know when you have too many clothes when you haven’t done laundry in weeks, yet still, have clothes to wear. There is no point in having a substantial wardrobe that rarely gets a chance to be worn.
I am facing a predicament where only a small percentage of my wardrobe sees daylight. I now force myself to start wearing all my clothes and get them into a consistent rotation before I even think about introducing a new item of clothing.
2. TAGS ON CLOTHES
There are some people out there in the world who decide to buy new clothes, despite having clothes with tags. How can you think about buying something new when you have clothes in your wardrobe that still have yet to be worn over your body. If this resonates with you, you need to recognise this red flag and put prevent measures.
If you buy something and it is not worn in 30 days, return it.
3. SHOES ARE STILL IN THE BOX
Shoe boxes are the devil because they conveniently make your shoe collection invisible. The number of times I have forgotten that I have footwear styles until I uncover a random box with shoes that I have never worn.
Create a rotation of your shoe collection and challenge yourself to wear them at least once a week. There is no point of buying new shoes only to add them to the growing pile of boxes.
4. YOU HAVE PURCHASED SOMETHING NEW RECENTLY
Maybe the problem is not buying new clothes but rather how frequently you do. Before you pick up your laptop and start browsing for a new purchase, check your bank account and find out the last time you have purchased something new.
Create a buying schedule to regulate the frequency of your purchasing habit. Monthly or bi-monthly with a strict budget and quantity limit.
5. RUN OUT OF WARDROBE SPACE
Your collection of clothes should be relative to the wardrobe space you have at this very moment. If you have run out of hanging and folding space, this is a handy visual clue that you have reached your limit.
Employ a ‘one in, one out’ policy when it comes to buying new clothes. This way, you preserve your wardrobe space and keep your clothing collection under control.
What are some of the signs you use to tell you to stop buying clothes?