While 25 may still sound young to some, for me, a lot happened that year. I moved across the country, got engaged and married, traveled to new places, and more—not necessarily in that order. As such, the year was not only an exciting one, but it was a reflective one too, and I like to think that my experiences up until now have taught me a thing or two both about life and shopping. And since this is a fashion website, today we're focusing on the latter.
Scroll down to read about the things I've finally learned to stop buying this year and to shop our picks of what to buy instead.
Shoes That Hurt
Don't let your closet turn into a graveyard for pretty-but-uncomfortable shoes. It's neither fair to your emotions nor your bank account. Instead, take a walk around the shoe department before buying a pair, and ditch them at the first sign of pain.
Trends That Don't Look Good On Me
As nice at is it is to be on trend, it's even better to do so while also dressing for your body type. If something isn't for you, simply skip it. There is no shortage of trends to try.
Jeans That Are Too Small
After one-to-many post-meal unbuttons, I think I've finally learned to stop wedging myself into too-tight jeans, or worse, buying jeans I never even got to wear.
Clothing That's Hard to Care For
White satin top covered in hundreds of beads—Beautiful? Yes. Cleanable? No. Be sure whatever you're buying won't become a one-time wear or cost hundreds at the dry cleaners.
Over the past few years, instead of letting cheaper and trendier accessories pile up in my closet, I've tried to save the money I would have spent on five different Zara bags and buy one thing I'll wear for years to come. The same applies to jewelry, sunglasses, etc. You'll end up saving money and closet space.
Last-Minute Event Pieces
How many times have you scrambled to find an outfit days before a party or first date and had to settle for something just because you were out of time and options? I've had this happen more times than I'd like to admit. Now when I see a great dress, top, or skirt I know I'll get a lot of use out of, I buy it on the spot so when those events and occasions come up, I can avoid the last-minute search (and spend).