14 Mar Shopping Questions To Ask Yourself That’ll Change Your Life
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Do you ever leave tags on some items for months at a time? Or end up getting rid of a piece simply because you never got around to wearing it?
This is because you’re not mindful about what you’re buying.
You’re only purchasing pieces for instant gratification.
Don’t you want to buy items you’re excited to wear and feel amazing in?
Of course you do! Life’s too short to be wearing clothing you don’t love.
To avoid buying useless pieces again, here are 10 key shopping questions to ask yourself before buying something new.
# 1 Do I love it?
That’s right. The first question out of all the shopping questions is as simple as that. Often, we buy clothing that is “just okay” for no reason at all.
This is such a waste of your hard earned money.
Every day, you should be excited about your outfit. That’s why, you should make sure you truly love the item first.
A telling sign an item is meant to be yours and will be worn often is if you fall in love with it as soon as you try it on.
# 2 Does it go with many items in my closet?
As a smart young professional, it’s important for you to picture yourself wearing the new clothes with the clothing you already own.
This new piece has to be able to match at least three other garments in your wardrobe.
If you don’t have anything that’ll match that item already, then you’ll never get the chance to wear it, and it’ll sit uselessly in your closet for years.
# 3 Is it stylish?
Whenever you purchase a new piece, it’s important that it makes you feel good and that it represents your personality. This way, you are much more likely to reach for it in your closet.
If you’re just buying mediocre clothing for the sake of it, you’ll never reach for those pieces, and you won’t feel good about wearing them either.
# 4 Will it be in fashion for years?
If the piece you’re looking at in the store will be in fashion for years to come, then it is a great buy!
There’s nothing better than a timeless piece, as you’ll look classy and elegant for a long time. Not to mention, you’ll be getting your money’s worth as well.
# 5 Is it worth its price tag?
Sometimes, we find a very expensive item that is not worth its price. For example, I wouldn’t spend $70 on a blazer from Forever21.
Know what I mean?
You may pick up an item you love in a store, but if it’s not worth the price tag, put it back.
There’s nothing worse than overspending on clothing you can only wear once.
You want to make sure that if you’re going to spend a lot on a garment, the quality is up to par and that you can get your money’s worth over time.
# 6 Do I need it?
This is a big one. A lot of us fall inside this consumerism trap. We feel we need the same shirt in 10 colours.
Do we really need that extra white t-shirt when we already own at least 3? My guess is no.
It’s important to be mindful about what we really need.
When we over buy, we also waste and hurt the planet. That’s not cool either.
If the item you picked up is nothing like anything in your wardrobe, then that would be a better buy than getting yet another graphic t-shirt.
# 7 Do I already have something similar?
People tend to gravitate towards similar clothing items to the ones we already own. Often, I’ll pick up a sweater and think about how much I love it, until I realize I already have a similar one at home.
You don’t need doubles of everything. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t offer any diversity to your wardrobe at all.
Going shopping should be about discovering new and unique pieces, not about buying the same ones over and over.
# 8 Is it what I’m looking for right now?
Once in a while, we stumble upon a beautiful piece we feel we cannot pass up. Can you relate? Comment below “YES” if this has ever happened to you.
However, if we’re going into the store with the budget and intention to purchase one thing in particular, it’s likely because you are in need of that item.
Do yourself a favour, let go of that amazing random piece you found and come back for it when you’ve purchased what you really need first.
Trust me, spending your money on a random piece will give you that temporary high, but will leave you feeling like you haven’t gotten anywhere really quickly.
# 9 Am I hesitating?
Think about that time you tried on an item and thought right away “Omg I love it”. Are you getting the same feeling again with the item you are current thinking of buying?
If you don’t, then you’re probably hesitating. Any hesitation about an item is an indication it should be left behind.
Worst case, you come back for it later.
# 10 If I left it behind today, would I still think about it tomorrow?
This relates to the previous shopping questions.
If you truly think you’ll wake up tomorrow regretting not buying a certain garment, then you know it’s a great buy. If not, then you should leave it behind.
You won’t remember it tomorrow anyway!
If you’ve gone through all the questions and you’re still uncertain, but also not ready to say goodbye, leave the item aside at the store.
Whether the price tag was a little steep or you’re simply not sure if it’s you’re style, leave it at the cash and sleep on it.
If you wake up the next day wanting the item for your collection, then you know it’s the right fit for you.
There you go! In this article I’ve shown you which shopping questions to ask yourself to prevent buying poor items for your closet.
You should never regret a purchase again!
Hope you enjoyed this article. Comment below your thoughts on these shopping questions!
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