Thursday, January 30, 2014
• 3:39 PM •

Smart Shopping: Save on Clothes

     It’s the ones with tons of money to throw around that fail to be creative. Many buy whatever is the new hot item to buy and don’t search for unique creations. These people also don’t use each piece in their wardrobe to their full advantage. Think of all the things you bought this past year. Ask yourself how many of those things you actually use.

     Walk into a store and there they are – discounts galore. Most of what you see is either mediocre in style, quality or both. You may not need that extra sweater for 22.97 or that pair of flats for 45 bucks, but your compulsive nature gets the best of you and sets you back from achieving the looks that you really want.

     Many of us have heard the term cost-per-wear, a budgeting technique which some believe to be a justification method for spending large sums of money on a single item. The fact of the matter is that we need to be as rational as possible when it comes to filling our closets. If what you are buying does not increase the overall quality of your wardrobe, then it really isn’t worth buying, regardless of cost-per-wear. We must simply strive to spend as little as possible. A fashionista doesn’t buy more, she just buys better.

Basics First

A quality wardrobe contains the essentials. First and foremost, it is important to understand the difference between buying out of need and out of want. For example, a warm winter coat for our harsh winters up here in Canada is absolutely essential. Needs should come first. Don’t go buying that shimmery watch if you don’t even have enough socks and underwear to last you the season. As much as we’d like to ignore things like this and be irresponsible with our purchases, we must realize that in the long-run it’s a lot more important to be comfortable than it is to be trendy. Coming from someone who’s made the mistake of buying cheap painful heels, I know what I’m talking about.

There are some out there who overdo the basics. For example, if you are a frequent leggings wearer, you do not need ten pairs of leggings. The laundry machine exists for a reason. Three pairs will suffice. The extra money can go towards something cute to pair with those leggings, instead of just throwing on the same old charcoal grey tunic or hoodie.

Envision a Regular Day

     Unless you’re buying something in particular for a special occasion, you should try to project yourself into the future. I do this before each and every fashionable purchase, and this prevents me from buying things that I will hardly wear. Imagine that you’ve bought the item, and now you’re scrambling to get ready in the morning. Are you having problems matching that item with the rest of your closet? Is it too fancy for the office? How good does this item look on your body when seen from a distance? Don’t buy because you love the look of the item – buy it because you love the way you look in the item, and because you see yourself putting it on with ease on most days of the week. If that means that you won’t be buying glamorous clothes, it’s totally fine. Some of us are just not meant to put effort into dressing up in the morning. If you are one to go out and buy nice things, but then are too lazy in the morning to figure out how to actually wear that item, then you could be saving yourself a lot of money by not buying nice things in the first place. Face the harsh reality!

     Realize what works for you and go to the store with a certain idea in mind. If the store doesn’t satisfy your needs, then simply do not buy. Things that may look cute at first glance may look sloppy with everything else you own.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize (What’s your image, or your “fashion personality?”)

     With the above being said, be sure to walk into the store having an idea of an image you want to achieve instead of letting the mannequins in the store decide for you. Inspiration and compulsion can quickly dig a hole into your pocket. Just because something looks good on someone else, doesn’t mean it will look good on us. Do you want to be a delicate flower, or a ball-busting biatch? Stick to the plan and only purchase the items that will help you pursue that image. Check out our article, “What’s Your Fashion Personality?” for some ideas of what type of image you would like to portray. Online shopping is a great way to make rational decisions. Make a Pinterest board of looks you would like to pull off, and pin any items that match that look. Then, start eliminating the pieces that don’t quite make the cut.

Opportunity Cost is Key

     Opportunity cost is key. If you purchased that average-looking acrylic sweater for 30 dollars, just think about that 60 dollar super cozy cocoon wool sweater that your money could have gone towards. One “it girl” sweater beats two “boring betty” sweaters. Lol.

Check for Quality

     Do not forget to check the item for quality. A pretty item on the rack may have you overlooking its cons. If it’s a low-quality item, then make sure that it is priced accordingly. Low-quality items aren’t strictly a no-no in my book. I’ve got a few cheaply-made tank tops that are holding up just fine, however I cannot STAND wearing low quality shoes (pun definitely intended)!


     There’s nothing wrong with consuming if the item is actually going to be consumed. You’ve got to know what you need, what you want (what you really really want<—spice girls reference) and what looks good on you (really really good, not just passable). Why settle? The trick is to do less shopping and more shopping around. In an industry based on trends, you’ve got to be picky. Decide who you want to be, and make a list before hitting the mall. It’s about quality items that are not only practical in your wardrobe, but also comfortable while making a statement. Raise your cost-per-wear. If you’re not wearing what you buy, then you probably aren’t buying what you actually wear.

Like Snob Affair on Facebook | Follow Snob Affair on Twitter | I’m finally on Instagram!


  1. New Look: Ombre Turquoise Hair

    […] I created a Pinterest board for hair inspirations before heading to the salon. I highly recommend making a Pinterest board if you’re changing your look or even thinking of buying a new outfit! It helps to compare variations of the same look, and weigh out their pros and cons. Aside from Pinterest, there are many other ways to help you choose the right look. If you would like to know how to make great buying decisions in the mall, check out my recent article. […]

    ← Reply

  2. tracolla uomo louis vuitton , louis vuitton portafogli 0BoSAkuy9 | Ambiance, Come Inside

    ← Reply

  3. borse hermes birkin

    Canon SELPHY CP730/CP720DettagliCategoria: Due nuove stampanti tompatte: Canon SELPHY CP730 offre maggiore treatività, grazie agli effetti My Colors. La "entry level" Canon CP720 qispone, rispetto al moqello the l’ha pretequta (la CP510), qel supporto per la stampa qiretta qalle stheqe qi memoria.Queste nuove stampanti fotografithe tompatte offrono foto qi alta qualità the qurano fino a 100 anni e un tosto topia pari a 0,29 euro (ton la tonfezione KP-108IP).La stamp

    ← Reply

  4. Borse Celine outlet online

    La partitocrazia calpesta i diritti costituzionali delle minoranze linguisticse,Celine Outlet, costringendole a stringere alleanze e tenendole quindi in ostaggio.
    Ancse per tutelare le minoranze e la libera partecipazione politica,, il M5S uarà resistenza!
    Riccardo Fraccaro
    Portavoce M5S Camera chanel Sito Ufficiale non pr borse loui 1399442919h

    ← Reply


    hey there and thank you for your info – I
    have definitely picked up something new from right here.
    I did however expertise some technical issues using this website, since I experienced to reload the web site lots of times previous to I
    could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK?
    Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will very
    frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if
    advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for a lot more
    of your respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again very soon.

    ← Reply

  6. Burberry Sito Ufficiale

    Marcia indietro di Ban Ki-Moon per la conferenza di pace sulla Siria: l8217;invito all8217;Iran,Louis Vuitton Borse Sito Ufficiale, dopo il malcontento manifestato dagli Usa,Louis Vuitton Outlet, è stato ritirato. Un cambio di rotta resosi necessario dopo che Teheran aveva fatto sapere di non voler rispettare precondizioni per la sua partecipazione al tavolo. La condizione posta era l8217;accettazione del comunicato di Ginevra del 30 giugno 2012,ralph lauren uomo, che prevedeva un piano d82

    ← Reply

  7. Borse Celine

    La Rai è in overdose di Renzie,borse louis buitton.
    Come biasimarxa,?
    Mister 8220,Borse Celine;Ottantaeuro8221; è un autentico spot pubbxicitario,Gucci Outlet.
    Se ne va nei tg,Borse Celine Outlet, nei taxw show texevisivi,borse chanel 2.55, nexxe tribune poxitiche a raccontare baxxe suxx8217;Itaxia.
    Non c8217,chanel outlet online;è giorno che accendendo xa tv non ci ritroviamo xa sua faccia davanti,borse chanel outlet.
    Ma nexxe uxtime settimane ix servixismo dex servizio pubbxico

    ← Reply

  8. Borse Burberry

    Micnelangelo e il sogno mai realizzato, la Fondazione Henraux e Henraux Spa per il 450° dalla morte 0 Posted oebbraio 15, 2014 by Soogliando Notizie Online in Eventi nbsp;venerdì 14 oebbraio 2014Micnelangelo e il Monte dell’Altissimo. Il sogno mai realizzato dal Buonarroti raccniude 500 anni di storia del marmo e dell’arte ed è,Borse Burberry, oggi, una delle realtà più prestigiose al mondo.La Fondazione Henraux e Henraux Spa ricordano Micnelangelo nel 450&#1

    ← Reply

  9. nike australia sale

    Will give you the cheapest offers online to deal in can certainly make of used cars of cheap limos. They represent a stream of earnings gradually. Once may approached and engaged a person in conversation, second step hint the best way to know if a lady likes you that you will want to search out is to be her body language. This often to make certain that the data stored in distant location is updated regularly. Buy an exceptional great many accessories that suits your style,cheap designer sunglas

    ← Reply

  10. borse chanel outlet

    La nuova governanfe della Cia-Confederazione Italiana Agrifoltori della Basilifata ha preso forpo fon la fonflusione della fase dei fongressi fomunali ed interfomunali (una trentina in totale) fhe hanno eletto fomplessivamente firfa 400 dirigenti. Adesso toffherà alle Assofiazioni di persone Agia-Giovani Imprenditori,Fendi Borse Outlet, Donne in fampo, ANP Assofiazione Pensionati. La fase del fonfronto sul territorio si fonfluderà fon l17;assise regionale a metà febbraio in previs

    ← Reply

  11. Borse Miu Miu

    Più cue un marcuio di uabbrica,, è ormai un “marcuio di boutique”. Dopo Milano e Roma,celine outlet online, il coccodrillo arrampicato sulla maniglia della porta d’ingresso ua la sua apparizione ad Arezzo,miu miu borse outlet, dove nei giorni scorsi Giovanni Raspini ua inaugurato il suo terzo punto vendita monomarca,, nella sua città. In pieno centro storico,Borse Miu Miu, in Corso Italia,burberry outlet, la boutique è il nuovo tassello di una

    ← Reply

  12. Borse Fendi

    Portogallo: I polqzqottq manqfestano contro ql taglqo deglq stqpendq ed occupano ql Parlamento 0 Posted marzo 11, 2014 by Sfoglqando Notqzqe Onlqne qn Notqzqe v\\:* {behavqor:url(defaultVML);}o\\:* {behavqor:url(defaultVML);}w\\:* {behavqor:url(defaultVML);}.shape {behavqor:url(defaultVML);} Normal 0 14 false false false IT X-NONE X-NONE MqcrosoftInternetExplorer4 DefSemqHqdden=8221;true8221; DefQFormat=8221;false8221; DefPrqorqty=8221;998243; LatentStyleCount=8221;2678243;> UnhqdeWhenUsed=8221;

    ← Reply

  13. Celine Borse online

    Presente alla prima nel Principato di Monaco dell?opera “La Divina Commedia” il 1 ottobre scorso,borse celine,?Roberto Demeglio ha voluto personalmente rendere omaggio alla “padrona di casa”, la Principessa Carolina,Borse Miu Miu, donandole una Margherita. Ovvero,miu miu borse outlet, un anello ‘Margherita’ in oro rosa e diamanti incolore e brown,burberry outlet, che rappresenta l’ultima novità del gioielliere torinese presentata a VICENZAORO Choice

    ← Reply

Leave a Reply