6 Style Tips Anyone Could Use
Let’s face it, a closet the size of an apartment filled with designer labels just isn’t feasible for everyone. The good news? You don’t need this to have/express your own style! Here are six style tips for the spending conscious, the environmentalist, and the humanitarian; our conscious stylers.
1. Get rid of what you don’t need (and make room for things you didn’t even know you wanted)
Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
When you open your hand not only do you let things out, you make room for more blessings to hold! At some, many were taught hand-me-downs and shopping at consignment shops were things not to be discussed. Why must we have everything new?! For cleanliness? But many new garments are laced with health damaging chemicals.
If we take a minute and consider those that are without their BASIC needs around the world, maybe we wouldn’t care so much. Moving forward 🙂
Every since I began to purge my closet of things I don’t need, don’t wear, or find fits a girlfriend’s style more than my own, I’ve been receiving blessings tenfold (sales, gifts, etc!).
2. Only buy what you absolutely adore
“Are these things really better than the things I already have? Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?” |Chuck Palahniuk, LullabyDoing
Buying anything else is a waste of time, money, fabric and closet space. REALLY. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
Elizabeth L. Cline, in her 2012 book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion suggests, “shopping less and with more intention.” In 2013, the average American bought 70 pieces of clothing a year—more than one piece a week. But instead of buying four cheap tops each month, we could spend that cash on one well-made shirt by an indie designer. It’d require a shift in the way we think about our wardrobes, but it’s not an impossible goal.
3. Almost never buy at full price
You’ve got to be realistic about what you can and cannot afford and understand that it’s no big deal! Don’t allow a dollar amount define who you are or your style. Buy it on sale or at a consignment shop. Chances are at this point, you’re not shopping because you’re in need of clothes, you’re shopping to add to a list of wants… so why not want responsibly?
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.” | Karl Lagerfeld
4. If you can splurge, let it be on your shoes
Protect your feet and your heart. 🙂 You’re going to be using them for a long time.
- Name brand/price doesn’t equate to quality | Just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean you should buy it
a. While some classic high end brands/labels definitely equate to quality, not all do. If you choose to go “label” be sure it’s a label that overall delivers products of great quality.
b. Quality > Quantity. Child labor still exists. Many of our favorite low cost stores are able to sell these items at low dollar amounts because the labor costs are next to none. READ MORE for a bit of insight. We will discuss the costs of buying “cheap” in the future. Just because it’s inexpensive and you only need to wear it once, doesn’t mean you should buy it.
6. Use high end fashion for inspiration
“Each season, between going through magazines or shows,” she says, “I formulate in my mind a list of must-haves.” (Source)
Agreed! You are more likely to “shop smart” when you already have an eye for something specific you want. That way, when you leave an consignment shop full of awesome labels, you don’t leave with a ton of things you don’t love, need, or are able to use.