Monday, 15 December 2014

5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I

There are five simple questions I use when shopping (for clothes mostly) to make sure I only buy things I love or need and stay on budget. Applying these helps me to not spend my money unwisely.


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I am a fashion blogger of sorts, right? As that, there is this  popular belief, that I must have an overflowing closet, a stuffed wardrobe and always new stuff to wear and show off, least I become boring. Back in May I touched on that last point during an interview I did with myself.

Now here's the thing: I don't want to. I don't want to have an overflowing closet, because I, on an instinctive level, really get the Fight Club quote "The Things you own end up owning you".


"The things you own end up owning you" Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog


Make no mistake, I love shopping. I love browsing stores, virtual or real brick & mortar ones. I love finding new and beautiful things. I have greatly enjoyed creating the recent collages and looks and I hope you liked at least some of them. I can spend hours in the city going from store to store and looking at the offers.

But ... I am also on a budget. And I find the idea of having a smaller but well curated closet more appealing than a big one cramped full with a lot, mostly unloved, things. And besides being on a budget, I also do not have the physical space to store endless amounts of clothing, shoes and accessories. Which means that buying lots of cheap, fast fashion for me isn't an option. It really isn't.

Plus there's the whole question of waste, superfluousness, what is enough. Do I really want to contribute to the always faster moving spiral?

I often think 123,456 times before buying something new, asking myself the following questions:



Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog
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1) Do you really need it?

Does it fill a gap? Do you currently not own something like it? For me, that would be for example a (faux) leather biker jacket. There you have it. The great fashionista doesn't have a (faux) leather biker jacket. In this case, obviously I do not need it all that much either, because I haven't run off yet to get one.



Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

2) Does it go well with clothing already owned?

Whilst I admittedly do not always remember exactly down to the last button what is in my wardrobe, thanks to the fact that it is on the small side I have a good overview of what I own and can throw together outfits mentally incorporating the maybe-to-be-aquired piece. I like my things to be versatile, I like being able to combine them with many other things. Of course, having lots of neutral pieces makes that one fairly easy, almost anything fits. Sigh.



Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog


3) Does it fit you well? Really, really well?

Or alternatively, is it possible to easily alter it in order for it to fit really well? If it doesn't fit, leave it be. If you already have to pull and tuck, chances are you aren't actually going to wear it, simply because you do not feel comfortable in it. Trust me and the pencil skirts I bought but almost never ever wore.



Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog


4) Is it your style?

This in part touches question number 2 because if it isn't your usual style, it might not actually fit with anything you currently own, but if you are like me and have a lot of neutral items, not only in color but also in terms of cut, it might well do. However! If it isn't your usual style (or color) you might like it on you in that moment, in front of the changing room mirror in the changing room light, but there's quite the possibility you aren't going to wear it for any other occassion than precisely that one.


Save Money & Avoid the dreaded Closet Corpses that Clutter your Life & Style: 5 Questions to ask yourself while Shopping - The Closet Conundrum I | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

5) Is it worth ignoring all of the above?

When you see it, you know it. It doesn't matter that it isn't your usual style, or that it goes with very little in your closet, or that you do not actually need it. We all have those pieces. I certainly do. Like the yellow lace ups. That said, I would still advice to only take what really fits you.


As a rule of thumb, if I feel only okay-ish about an item, if I am not 100% sure in that moment about whether to spend or not for it, I leave it for 24h. When it's still on the forefront of my mind, I'll get it, if not... there will always be new things and I've honestly never truly regretted not having bought a piece of clothing.


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