Yes ladies, I said that. Never tell my boyfriend or parents that I confessed this, but it’s true, I am a shopaholic. And I believe I am not alone with this statement. Are you the type of woman that desperately waits for sales? Or the one that knows what she’ll ask for Christmas…in March? Have you ever lent money to buy something “you really need”, like a green scarf? I just remember the “Confessions of a Shopaholic” movie when the main character did that. Anyway, those are some of the symptoms, that you definitely love one thing as much as I do: shopping.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with shopping. The important thing is not to fall in bad financial habits, or if you already have them, break them. Still, it is great to become an intelligent shopper. Did you know that according to Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer of California Closets, we only wear 20% of our wardrobe? Shocking. And I may guess that as you read this, you pictured that perfect dress for a party, that you were never invited to, hanging in your closet with the tag still on. And I am sure that this did not happen just once, but multiple times.
However, don’t panic! Even if I you define yourself as a shopaholic, you are not lost forever. Some tricks and tweaks can make all the difference, or at least, help you use half of your closet:
1. Know yourself. It’s complicated I know. It is a great step accepting that you tend to let your money go so easily. But most importantly, you need to know your body, know your figure, know your style. When you don’t have this clear, you will usually fall in love with the first pair of jeans you see, take them home and fill your closet with regrets. If you know what looks good on you, and what doesn’t, you will not buy garments that are too tight, or baggy, or that have a little flaw, instead you will be brave enough to step aside of something that only looks great on the showcase. How many times have you cheated your mind with a: “I will lose weight soon”.
2. Do not get caught with sales. The best way to evaluate your closet is the “cost-per-wear” of your closet, this means how much an item of clothing costs by the number of times you’ve worn it. I heard about this on TLC’s “What Not to Wear” program. It might turn out that the $200 dress you’ve worn 20 times against a dress of $19.99 you used just once was a better transaction. Cheaper can actually be more expensive, really. If you buy something you don’t need because it only costs $19.99, you’ll only fill your closet with more stuff.
3. Buy the right things. As you might know, there are some essentials you must have in your closet: a black dress, a good pair of jeans, a white shirt, a pair of black pants, a cardigan. Invest in good quality for those classics that you can wear for years. Obviously you need to be trendy, and change colors and style from time to time. For that you can use a cheaper line, a neon bag is an amazing accessory, but you don’t need to spend $200 when you are going to wear it a couple of times.
Little changes make a big difference. Join the club, and find out that being a shopaholic is not that dramatic after all. With some adjustments you can become closet regret-free, have “what to wear” every morning, and save money.