We all know how to make a shopping list. It’s a list of things we need or want. Simple. Want to bake a cake? Make a shopping list: eggs, flour, sugar, cocoa, butter, etc. What’s maybe NOT so obvious is an “anti” shopping list – things NOT to buy. You know, those things that keep ending up in your wardrobe cuz you thought you wanted or needed them, but you FORGOT that a, b or c. You forgot that you already HAVE two light-blue tencel sleeveless summer dresses in your closet. You forgot, as much as you coveted that white denim jacket, that you MUST have a jacket with pockets. You forgot that wearing a sheer top means you must wear a cami underneath and YOU HATE CAMIS. You forgot that fixed seams at your waist aren’t doing you any favors. You forgot to measure the arm hole on that sleeveless top to make sure your whole bra won’t be showing. You forgot to do the “sit test” in that button-front blouse and now, seated at your desk at work, it is gaping open at the bust and the v-neck is falling so low that your whole cleavage is showing. Grr.
It’s easy to fall deep in love with a beautiful item…and to overlook the little things that will make it end up on THAT side of your closet again – that side where things go that you never wear.
So I have an “anti-shopping” list. I keep it right on my phone with the regular “want/need” lists, so I don’t get love-is-blind-ed by that perfect color/cut/pattern and overlook the detail(s) that will render it unwearable once I get it home. Some of the things on the list are obvious to me because I kept forgetting and making the same wardrobe mistakes over and over. But to be really thorough, I actually went item by item in my closet and noted what downfall (if any) each item had…so I knew to try and avoid that again in the future.
This is my list. Yours will be different:
Now, these are just rules – not a life and death credo – and sometimes rules are meant to be broken (ha ha). But I like to be reminded of the rule before handing over my hard-earned money to be really really sure there’s a good reason for breaking it.
And My Number One Rule of Shopping: Just Because You Like It Doesn’t Mean You Have to Own It. I think that’s what causes a lot of us to bring home way too many things – clothing, home dec, etc., and then it goes unused, unworn…and just causes clutter and then stress when we realize There’s Too Much Stuff!!!
I hope you consider making your own Anti-Shopping List so your wardrobe stops ending up with mistakes in it!
And now…I went shopping! Ha. I’ve been buying some “heading into fall” items and some basic “wear all year” items over the past month and just letting them pile up so I could do one big haul video. I’ll share links to the items below and in the description box of the video itself. And hey, video production quality much better – yay! I tried out a new camera and the lighting situation is so much better and there’s not that constant annoying sound of the lens motor maintaining focus. If you watch, let me know what you thought!
What I’m Keeping:
- Old Navy camel duster length cardigan, size 2x
- Old Navy golden yellow cardigan, size 3x
- Bobeau ethnic graphic print top, size 3x
- Loft Plus fringe bottom jeans, size 24
- H&M White rayon jersey tee, size 4x
- H&M White with black polka dots rayon jersey tee, size 4x
- Nordstrom Rack Caslon navy and white striped sweater, size 3x
- Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans in autumnal abstract print, size 22W average (not my usual size but I’m going to have them altered). I can’t find this print online anywhere to link to, Kohls has a good selection of all the solid colors in many different sizes.
What I’m Returning:
- Macy’s yellow ochre peasant top, size 3x.
- Macy’s New York Collection print dress, size 3x
- Asos red and white striped top, size 28 (It’s not the right red. I have to believe the right red is out there for me somewhere.)
- Nordstrom Rack Cotton Emporium black marled v-neck sweater, size 3x
- Nordstrom Rack Cotton Emporium lavender marled v-neck sweater, size 3x
- Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans in wine color, size 22W average. Available at Kohls.
I’m still on the fence about the burnt orange boho top from Venus.com. Thoughts?
I’m linking up today with Shelbee at her Link-Up on the Edge
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