Almost every woman has purchased an item of clothing on impulse and then gone on to wear it just once or not at all. There are a lot of reasons that pretty blouse or dress may seem like a good purchase and end up becoming something that’s shoved into the back of your closet.
Building a wardrobe should be done with care so that the items you buy are practical, along with being stylish and flattering. If you want to make sure you’re always buying clothing you’ll love to wear, ask yourself these seven questions before making any purchases:
1. Where will I wear it?
Sure, a brightly colored cocktail dress might be flattering and eye-catching, but only if it ever makes it off the hanger. Before buying a piece of clothing, consider a few places or events you’ll be able to wear it. Versatile items – say, a blouse that can do double-duty and be worn at the office and out after work – are great purchases because you know you can wear them again and again.
2. What will I wear it with?
For tops and pants, make sure you’ll be able to pair them with other items you already have in your closet. Try to come up with a few different outfit options for each piece of clothing you buy.
3. Is it easy to wash?
Many women make the mistake of buying high-maintenance clothing items that have to be hand washed or dry cleaned. Decide if you have the time, money and energy to take good care of any high-maintenance clothing. If you don’t, you’ll most likely avoid wearing it altogether.
4. Is it comfortable?
You don’t want to take care of housework or run errands in an itchy sweater or uncomfortable pair of jeans. When buying clothes online, check what materials they’re made of before buying, and look for fabrics you wear often.
5. Would I still want it if it wasn’t on sale?
High heels that are on sale are automatically more enticing, but that shouldn’t be the “sole” reason you purchase them. Make sure any clothing item is practical and that you like it for other reasons than its price before buying it.
6. Does it fit my body right now?
Many women buy items that are a little too small because they’re hoping it will motivate them to lose weight. But what happens if you don’t lose weight? The item will be unflattering at best and simply not wearable at worst. Buy items that will look great on your body right now, and you may find you feel more confident overall.
7. Is it too trendy?
When building a wardrobe, most fashion pros will tell you to start with basic items, since they’re the most versatile and long-lasting. This will ensure you buy practical items you can wear for years. While experimenting with trends can be fun, make sure the clothes you’re buying won’t go out of style in the next year.
When shopping for clothes, make sure you’re buying items you love. If you love it, you’ll feel great in it, and if you don’t love it, you won’t wear it!