This just happened to me the other day and I know you’ve experienced it before. You try to go window shopping or just step into a store to buy one thing you actually need. Then, it all goes to hell when you find this amazing dress, pair of sunglasses, shoes or what have you. It looks gorgeous but is way over what you usually spend/can afford at that moment.
The struggle is real. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Here are four sure-fire ways to help you when something is too amazing to put down.
Try it on.
While something looks great on the rack, it may not be so glamorous under fluorescent lights. If you try it on and it exceeds your expectations, move onto this next step.
Ask the Important Questions.
Do I need this and if so, why? This is an easy one that can help you make a decision in a matter of seconds. Asking “Why” and being truthful with yourself should yield the real answer you need. (Remember from “Confessions of a Shopaholic” that having hands is not a reason to buy gloves…)
How many times will I actually wear it? Ask this question for your real life, not the fairytale one you hope to have 20 years from now. That dress may be stunning, but if you don’t have a place to wear it, it will just drain your bank account to sit in your closet. There’s nothing worse than that.
Do I have something similar already? I usually catch myself on this one. You probably have a few favorite colors and styles. So it makes sense that you tend to pick up similar things to try on or buy. But, having duplicates isn’t always the best option.
Still stumped? Try this:
Add it up.
There’s nothing more sobering than doing the math.
Think to yourself, is the price is item worth it for the amount of times I would realistically wear it?
Here’s an example: If you typically buy skirts that are $30 each and wear them two to three times, it costs you about $10 a wear. Therefore, if you are looking at a more expensive skirt that is $100, you have to wear it about 10 times to make it worth your while. Given that pricer options tend to be made of different fabrics, it may not fit with your casual or even work wardrobe. (There is such a thing as too nice.) In this case, the more expensive skirt is not worth your investment.
Do some research.
Google the style code on the item’s tag to see if you can find it cheaper somewhere else. If the same look in the size you need at a more affordable price, then you’re golden! I was able to do just that with the above Ivanka Trump dress on the right.
Hope this helps! If you liked this post, please let me know in the comments below or feel free to share it. I always enjoy getting feedback!
Happy shopping, everyone!