Has this ever happened to you? You walk into your closet or you check out the bin where you keep your clothes in and you see all sorts of stuff that you never wear. Every time you pick out something to wear, you always avoid a pile of clothes.
Have you ever found yourself buying clothes that you know you’ll only wear once? Have you ever bought something that you thought was the most awesome thing since sliced bread but have since forgotten or actively avoided? If any of this applies to you, please understand that you’re not alone. People buy clothes that they end up never wearing.
Maybe they only wear it once. But that’s it. This wouldn’t be a problem if you didn’t have to pay your hard earned dollars to buy those clothes. Unless you’ve been getting your clothes from a charity, chances are you are paying good money for stuff that you never use.
You’re throwing good money after bad. How do you avoid this problem? Keep the following tips in mind.
Don’t just go by how trendy an item is
If it seems like everybody and his dog is wearing that outfit you see hanging on a rack, you might want to take a step back. You might want to cool your heels and think about whether that outfit actually fits you.
So what it looks good on Kim Kardashian? Who cares if your favorite rap star always wears this outfit? The most important question, and if you think about it, the only question you should consider, is whether the outfit looks good on you.
It’s a simple black and white question. No amount of hype or bandwagon effect is going to make this question go away. Believe me. When it comes time to picking out an outfit from your dresser or closet, that question will come back to haunt you.
It either fits your style or it doesn’t. It either makes you look good or it doesn’t. Keep it at that level.
Does it look like it’s going to go out of style soon enough?
Consumer fashions go in and out of style in a blink of an eye. You probably already know this. In fact, if you buy something because it’s on clearance, you’re going to have a problem in your hands.
You have to understand that fashion merchandisers and retail stores are not stupid. The people who run them are geniuses. That’s why they make money hand over fist. Regardless of whether they’re putting clothes on sale at 70% off or 50% off, it doesn’t matter. They’re going to make money each and every time. They know what they’re doing.
There’s a reason why those clothes are on sale. Usually, it’s because a new season is coming in and there’s a good chance that those clothes are no longer to be in fashion. You may be the last person to get the memo.
This is why a lot of people buy all sorts of clothes at discount rates only to never wear them because they don’t want to look like they are out of fashion. You don’t want to be the odd man out. You don’t want to be that person who is trying to bring the 1970’s back.
Think ahead. How long will this trend continue? Is it worth it to get on the bandwagon? Or is it a better use of your time and money to just wait for the next fashion trend?
Are you losing weight or gaining weight?
Another reason why people buy clothes that they end up never wearing is because they simply got smaller or bigger. That’s the bottom line. Maybe they’re in transition. Maybe they just started a new job. Maybe they have a new work schedule.
Whatever the case may be, their lifestyle has changed and this has a tremendous impact on how much weight they can put on and how much weight they stand to lose. Similarly, if somebody just got married, sometimes this has an effect on their waistline. As the old saying goes, “There’s nothing like love to put a few inches around your midsection.”
Do yourself a big favor. If you have your eye on an outfit or a whole apparel line, you might want to hold off for a few months until the major lifestyle transition you’re going through has settled down. Otherwise, you’re taking a big risk.
There’s a good chance that those items of clothing that you’re buying will no longer fit you. Maybe you got too big. Maybe you got too small. Whatever the case may be, it’s going to cost you a lot more money trying to get those pieces of clothing altered. It’s much cheaper to just wait.
Keep the tips above in mind if you are sick and tired of turning your closet into a clothing warehouse. You have to understand that money doesn’t grow on trees. Your parents have probably shared that piece of wisdom with your several times.
It is absolutely true. You spend a tremendous amount of time, effort and resources trying to earn every honest dollar you have to your name. It really would be a shame for you to waste it all on clothing that is really not going to fit you or you would not want.
People buy all sorts of stuff impulsively. It’s understandable if they do that for items that cost maybe $5 to $10. But for anything more, you might want to slow down and think ahead. By paying close attention to the 3 tips I’ve shared with you above, you can go a long way in stopping this financially dangerous habit.
It is a habit. Buying clothes you’ll never wear can easily become a habit that is very hard to break. After all, it feels good to shop. Do yourself a big favor. Go through the tips above so you can make sure that whatever you buy will actually provide value to your life.