Why do we do it? Buy cheaply that is and then regret it! Sometimes we just want a quick fix or we tell ourselves we really have to have that item of clothing, bag, shoes or whatever when we haven’t really planned, budgeted or thought about it. But.. it looks so tempting, so stylish in the shop – plus it’s reduced – a bargain! So, we buy it and wear it a few times. It seems okay doesn’t it? It satisfied the immediate need. Then we wash it and wear it and wash it again and hmmm – the jumper/cardigan/trousers or whatever is starting to look bobbly or is going shapeless and a bit sad. So then we obviously can’t wear it out anywhere can we? So we wear it just in the house and then it joins several other jumpers or items of clothing that have gone the same way! Finally, it gets relegated to the bag of clothes to take to the jumble sale or charity shop – and only after 6 months. Oh dear….
The answer, of course, is NOT to buy cheap. Because, as the saying goes ‘if you buy cheap you buy twice’. There are certain shops where this has been true for me in the past. I have bought cheap tee-shirts thinking they would be ok but in a matter of a few weeks they have faded and gone shapeless. Budgeting and planning are the way to go. Assessing our wardrobe contents, eliminating what no longer works for us, writing down what we have and what to buy is a great way forward. An Image Consultant can certainly help you with planning your wardrobe. We really don’t need ten poor quality acrylic cardigans in our wardrobes when three cardigans in better fabrics will hold up for much longer after lots of washing and ironing. Also, a wardrobe crammed full of clothes doesn’t help us to dress any better and can even be overwhelming when it come to deciding what to wear each day. But, I hear you cry, I don’t want to be seen in the same clothes all the time. By accessorising your quality garments differently, people won’t notice and the French do it all the time!
So, next time you are tempted by a sale bargain, or a poor quality item that will ‘do for now’ – think very hard before you buy and determine to budget for the best!
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