Ah, that age-old predicament every girl faces, an entire wardrobe and nothing to wear? Constantly broke because you can’t stop shopping the latest on-trend picks?Â We’ve got you covered with our guide to living a more minimal lifestyle and only buying what youÂ actuallyÂ need so you don’t have to break the bank.
Your Guide To Only Buying What You NEED
#1. Throw Out What You Don’t Need
Yes, that 3-year-old lipstick you’ve been hanging on to “just in case” is probably expired, and if you haven’t worn it in the past year, you probably won’t in the future. It’s time for a full wardrobe and beauty closet overhaul. Be ruthless, and only keep thing you actually use! This lets you start with a fuss-free organised base.
#2. Avoid The High-street
Ever gone out with your besties and felt obliged to buy something you don’t need in the name of a shopping date? Scanned rows of sale racks, picking tops and shoes you’d never usually wear out in a panic buy?
Just because something is 50% off doesn’t mean it’s worth it. I prefer online shopping because you can add all the pieces in the world to your wishlist and then go through everything, using the process of elimination so you only buy what you really need.
#3. Stop Impulse Buying
It’s super easy to get carried away, especially with new and shiny items being stocked every single day. If you already have similar – don’t buy it. Before you dash to the till ask yourself, can I style this with my existing wardrobe? And how many wears will I be able to get out of it?
#4. Just The Basics
My motto is that if I can’t pair it with at least 5 different outfits, I probably shouldn’t buy it. Only buy timeless pieces that you can wear again and again.Â Consider pieces carefully, imagining how to style them with your existing wardrobe. Clothing should be an investment, not a one-time-use kinda fit.
#5. Take A Shopping Fast
Try committing to one-month shop-free. Once the month is over you can treat yourself to a couple of pieces, then try to extend that to a two-month shopping ban, building up your shopping fast slowly. After a while, not spending will be like a second nature and you’ll be buying far less than you used to.
When you do shop try to limit yourself to a certain number of items so you don’t go overboard, you’ll be surprised just how much money you save!