Areej Sheikh

16 Jan
Fashion

6 Useful Tips on How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse in 2021

As 2021 starts, you probably feel relieved at the inevitable end of 2020. So much has happened, so much has altered that even getting through the year felt like a mission. But you still pulled through. Good job, you! Your next mission will be much easier and much more enjoyable. Are you curious about what it is? (Hint: it involves shopping!)

Your mission for 2021 is avoiding that pesky feeling of regret after you buy things like that dress you know you will only wear once or the skirt. So, in simpler words avoiding buyer’s remorse.

How? In a few words, you will learn how to change the way you shop so that you never have to worry about feeling buyer’s remorse again!

We love shopping, and we love our sales. But what we don’t love is a whole cluster of items that sit in our closet gathering dust. The general idea is to teach you to shop mindfully and make smarter purchases. That way, you only purchase things you need and things that last.

1. Assess what you already own

Look at everything in your closet from tops and dresses to shoes to sunglasses. What is missing from it? What would you like to add? But also; what are the purchases you regret the most? Why? Figuring out the why will help you identify what not to do in the future.

2. Don’t purchase anything that doesn’t work with your existing closet

This one is basic, I know, but sometimes we forget. Unless and until you can think of 2-3 outfits or different ways of styling an item: don’t purchase it.

3. Don’t blindly follow trends

Now, I’m not telling you not to follow trends, but when shopping for trendy items, it is integral that you remember to shop mindfully. Be intentional with each purchase by already thinking of an outfit as you hold the item up in your hand. That way, you can ensure you are thinking through each purchase carefully.

And if you happen to come across an item that you love, but it doesn’t go with anything else you have, then make sure to only buy it if it’s something you will wear the most.

4. Take your time

Shopping is no race! It is supposed to be a fun, therapeutic exercise, so slow down and enjoy it. Don’t rush through stores or items, rather take the time to look over the pieces that catch your eye. Why do they catch your eye? Can you think of an outfit incorporating each individual piece with your existing closet?

5. Keep your goals small and realistic

Don’t expect to find everything at once, sometimes stores haven’t been restocked, or their latest collection isn’t your taste. Depending on your needs, prioritize certain pieces over others. Yes, it might be quite difficult and, if you can, I recommend taking a more practical person (basically someone who can say no to you) with you shopping or have them look at your cart before checkout.

6. Look for quality pieces that will last longer, even if they’re on the pricier end

Has this ever happened to you? You get a really cute top from a fast-fashion brand, and it looks great for a while, but after a few washes, it loses its charm and starts to resemble an old rag. If you purchase better quality pieces and take better care of them by reading the label, you get more value for your money as your pieces last longer.

Mindful shopping means your pieces will last for several years, and you can easily style them differently in different ways. It is important to remember that although we love keeping up to date with trends of the season, having the season’s most in pieces is not what a well-curated wardrobe is about. A well-curated wardrobe is all about balance.

While fashion is an integral part of our lives, we need to learn to distinguish it from style. Style is the personal flair you can add to the most boring out-of-trend clothes and turn them into an outfit people use as inspiration. In the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

After all, it’s the most unbearable sight to see someone dressed in trendy pieces from head-to-toe, but somewhere between the trendiness and fashion, the style has disappeared.
shion, the style has disappeared.

All images from ‘Confessions of A Shopaholic’

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