We all do it. We go shopping and come home with bags of clothes and somehow items get in there that go into our closets and never see the light of day again. There are a number of reasons why this happens and understanding those reasons can help you stop this vicious cycle. Before you go shopping again, think carefully about these tips. They really can help you stop buying clothes you'll never wear.
Don't Be a Slave to the Clearance Racks
Clearance racks can be a wonderful place to find great deals. Unfortunately, they can also be a place to find clothes you'll never wear. This often happens when purchasing out of season clothing. Stores have been known to drastically reduce out of season clothing that was extremely fashionable last season. The reason is they need to clear their stock, but they also know that fashions come and go. If the piece is too fashion forward, think twice about buying it. Chances are it won't be in fashion next year and you'll have wasted money. Stick with out of season items that are neutral and, more importantly, timeless.
Think Before You Buy
Just because a piece of clothing is marked down to $2 doesn't mean you need it or will ever wear it. Stop and think about each piece before heading to the checkout. How do you plan to wear it? Where will you wear it? Do you own anything that goes with the item? You can quickly run through these questions in your head and even though an item may be inexpensive, it pays to think twice. A bit of self questioning can keep your closet clear for items you'll actually wear.
Avoid One-Occasion Pieces
It can be tempting to purchase an over-the-top dress for a special occasion. However, plans can change and before you know it, you're stuck with a dress you'll never get to wear. Instead of buying pieces of clothing destined to be a one-time thing, shop for pieces that can be changed with accessories. For example, the classic black dress can be made to look glamorous with the addition of a bright silk shawl and clutch bag. Or, it can be made to fit the best clubs with a pair of strappy heels. Make sure you can wear an item for different occasions and to different places before making a big purchase.
Shop Within Your Size Range
We always have the best intentions when buying a small pair of jeans or skirt. We honestly hope we'll lose weight and be able to fit into the piece one day. For many, one day never comes. Instead of shopping for the person you hope to be one day, embrace the person you are now. Shop for items that fit your body and make it the best it can be. If you want to be inspired to lose weight, purchase one item, one size smaller and work towards that size. This is a lot more encouraging than a piece that is five times smaller and will take months to fit into.