How And Why I Changed My Shopping Habits And Saved A Fortune

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Is it just me, or is it a major chore to overhaul our wardrobes every season, and adjust our personal style to suit the latest trends? One thing I love about Spring (apart from brighter evenings) is the new-season collections but, with a fresh wave of clothes comes the temptation to shop mindlessly. So how can you refresh your style without breaking the bank every few months?

My approach is simple: shop less and stay focussed. I  wouldn’t necessarily call myself a shopaholic, but my bank card certainly has a healthy relationship with the high-street. Let me loose after pay day and any extra pennies get wiped out pretty quickly. It’s been the same since I was a teenager and on a mission to spend my pocket money. In the past I’ve tried to cut back on clothes shopping by going cold turkey, but about 6 months ago (after turning 30!) I decided to make a drastic change in my spending habits. I’ve written about my ‘spending more and buying less’ rule before and  I’m definitely taking a more balanced approach to shopping, forming new habits that allow me to enjoy fashion, without over-cluttering my life.

How does it work? Well, I’ve simply stopped myself from impulse buying. And guess what? It’s saved me hundreds of pounds! Follow these three simple steps and you can do the same:


01 | Shop less and stay focussed 

When we hear about the latest trends it’s so easy to get sidetracked, and buy pieces that date quickly. When you shop, look for well-made, long-lasting clothes that should stand the test of time.

02 | Choose clothes that fit your size and style

Go for clothes that fit your lifestyle and figure right now. There’s nothing worse than buying a dress that’s the wrong size – it’s never going to see the light of day again. Accept your body as it is right now, and always try things on. I know it’s a pain but I guarantee it will save you money. Clothes very rarely look the same on your body as they do on the hanger.

03 | Consider cost per wear 

I tend to spend more on clothes that will have longevity in my wardrobe. For example, I have pair of black Russell and Bromley chelsea boots, that I wore almost daily in the winter months. When shopping try to buy clothes that you’ll wear religiously. Don’t forget to donate unwanted clothes to your local charity shop or if you prefer, make some extra cash by selling things online.

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Hands up if you’ve just done a huge Spring clean and found lots of unworn clothes at the back of your wardrobe? After clearing out my wardrobe last year (and adjusting my shopping habits) I’ve realised the following benefits come from spending smarter and having a well-edited selection of clothes:

01 | Dress Better and Relax

How many times have you felt stressed this week when trying to choose an outfit? With a streamlined, carefully edited wardrobe, getting dressed is so simple! No more ‘I have nothing to wear’ dilemmas. 

02 | Do Your Bit and Consume Less

We’ve all seen landfill pictures online and most savvy consumers know where and how their clothes are made. By adopting a targeted approach to spending, and shopping with well-chosen brands, you’re helping the environment, boycotting fast fashion and supporting businesses who advocate transparent manufacturing.

 03 | Keep Your Favourites

Personally, I find capsule dressing or creating a capsule wardrobe really difficult, because not all of my favourite clothes work seamlessly together. But that doesn’t mean I should throw them out and start again. Quite the opposite! Keep your favourite clothes then slowly add investment buys as you go along. There’s no need to reinvent your whole wardrobe.

Adjust your shopping habits bit by bit, and you’ll quickly notice a change in your spending routine and your bank balance!

Are you trying to shop less? Have you found a shopping routine that works well for you? Leave a comment below or share your shopping tips with me on Twitter 

Photos by Kimberley Brand

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