I started this blog to document my journey towards defining my personal style and revamping my closet. Although I had accumulated so many clothes, I was still unable to put together great outfits.
One of the major reasons for this was the way I shopped. Here are some shopping mistakes I made:
- Signing up for online sale emails: Have you ever received an email that promised you a spot to a very exclusive shopping club.Those ones that invite you to a “private” sale event, that everyone knew about. They had links to different stores and different clothing items. Yes! This was my biggest mistake ever. Every Monday morning, I would get those sale emails in my inbox. And every Monday, I made sure I bought at least one item that had been seriously marked down. Since most of the items were final sale, they could not be returned. Needless to say, I was stuck with many ill-fitting clothes.
- Buying the same clothing item in different colors: THREE was the perfect number! If I found an item I thought I liked, I would buy it in three different colors even without having tried it on once. More often than not, once I received these items in the mail, I was forced to keep them. For example: sometime last year I bought a jacket in three different colors (see below). The jacket looked great online, but did not fit right. It was not as structured as I wanted it to be. I kept all three and never really enjoyed wearing them. I did the same with a pair of colored jeans from Express.
- Getting caught up in fashion trends: I think trends are useful; they give us the direction in which styles, lines, shapes, colors, patterns and textures are headed. However, I realize not all trends are supposed to be worn by everybody (especially me!!!). Some are meant to be merely admired. Classic example: Harem Pants. And I was a victim. So was Jennifer Hudson (see below). Unlike Jennifer, I discovered early that the pants didn’t flatter my figure. Thankfully, Jennifer has been making great style decisions lately.
- Getting fixated on size: Clothing size is nothing but a number. I was so stuck on shopping a particular dress size that I ended up with ill-fitting clothes. Bad idea! If I must go up (or down) a size, I will do it!
- Getting stuck in a store rut: I love Forever 21, but all my clothes don’t have to come from the same store store. Building a functional closet means having different options and styles to choose from. This can be achieved by choosing styles, fabrics, patterns and textures from different stores.
Ultimately, I have realized that going shopping without a goal or a set of goals is a sure fire way to overspend and end up with an uncoordinated closet. Clothes and shoes I purchase should enhance my existing closet.
I will be sharing how I am building a functional closet in the next few weeks.
Also, since it’s Valentine’s week, I just wanted to take some time to express my deepest love for all my readers. You guys make blogging easy. When I am faced with challenging days, I am reminded of your wonderful comments and support. Love you all. Hope you enjoy your Valentine’s day.
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