We’re all guilty of making a ridiculously out-of-budget purchase or shopping a little too often for thrifty thrills, but as we’re all getting older, we figure we might as well work on getting a little wiser, too. In this spirit, we went ahead and rounded up the common shopping patterns that might be holding you back.
Scroll down to see if you’re guilty of any, and to check out our solutions.
Newsflash: You may tell yourself you’re going to eat ramen for the next month to afford that purse, but that won’t happen. It’s just plain delusional—trust us, we’ve tried enough times to know. Here’s our guide to what you should be spending on clothes.
Here’s what happens when you continually replenish your closet solely from stores like Zara, Topshop, and H&M: You’ll be pleased with the new additions for a month or two, but then have to start shopping all over again once the trendy items don’t feel quite so current.
Here’s our guide to the items that should be weeded out of your closet by age 30.
You likely have a packed social calendar, and if you use every invitation as an excuse to go shopping, you might soon have an empty bank account and a closet full of worn-once dresses.
If you buy something you kind of like with the mentality of “I can always return it,” you really shouldn’t buy it at all.
Be wary of any purchase that comes with this thought: “Sure, it’s a little tight, but this will motivate me to get in shape.”
Frame Denim Le Garcon Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($210) in Black
We hate to break it to you, but that invitation for that black-tie gala might never arrive, so maybe pass on that gorgeous beaded gown.
Elizabeth and James Iris Boyfriend Stripe Jacket ($595) in Navy
Do you have any bad shopping habits? What about good ones? Let us know in the comments below!