Since starting 'mumsweardaily' I've actually purchased less clothing and accessories; choosing instead to really consider any purchases and use my tried and tested method of asking these three questions before each transaction.
1) Do I really need it? (or does it do the same job as something I already own)
2) Does it replace something that I have worn a lot and is now a casualty of wear and tear?
3) Can I visualise it used in 3 different outfits?
If I answer yes to the above and it's affordable then I tend to buy. I also believe that if you think about an item long after you've walked away from the till point it's often the case that it's a keeper; almost love at first sight, and you should buy things you love, that will make you feel great! So next time you're tempted wait a week or two and see if it's still on your mind.
The other tip to not buying is trying. Taking an item into the changing room sorts the sheep from the goats as it proves you've got the time and energy for it; also whilst it may look great on the hanger it may be a different story when you try it on! Its saves you money in the long run as most of the items that come into our preloved consignment store, Willow & Eve, with tags on have never been worn and stay in the wardrobe forgotten about until way past the returns date.
If you buy and don't wear something within the first week or don't have a specific occasion or outfit in mind then keep it out of the wardrobe, where you can see it, until you do wear it. Otherwise take it back asap. Set a reminder on your phone 3 days before the returns policy runs out so you stand a chance of getting a full refund.
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