I would say that all women have the same problem: too many clothes, but nothing to wear. Well, in my eyes this is a problem because we don’t buy organized. Organization is everything in life. Really, believe me. All people who know me for a longer time say, that I am always very good organized in everything. And today I want to write about my very secret shopping guide and how I organize myself.
First we have to analyze the problem why we buy a lot but always the wrong pieces and in the end we have a wardrobe full of beautiful stuff we don’t need, never wear and in the end we regret. The reason is very simple: we buy emotional and not organized. I would say that this is the main problem we women have. We have to stop buying stuff because we have feelings for it and we have to check out our list of what we really need.
This shopping guide I write for all women who want to enhance their wardrobe as fast as possible with qualitative and expensive pieces, who have a limited budget and who start by zero with buying qualitative items. Absolute priority of my shopping guide as well is the functionality of every piece and clothing. No one wants to dress like a dazzling personality. What we all want is to be dressed always on point and unique.
The worst mistakes women regularly do
- We buy the wrong pieces at sales
Well, I wouldn’t say that buying at sales is always a mistake, but I would say that we all buy the wrong pieces at sales. If we analyze what pieces come to sale we see, that most time it is not the beautiful dress we admired in pre-season or the unique pair of shoes that has always been on our wish list. No, at sales you find tons of pieces actually nobody wanted to buy before or very extraordinary pieces that are not really suitable for daily use. So always keep in mind, that all clothing you can buy at sales you don’t really need. If there is something you absolutely admire and you can’t live without it, you have to buy it immediately. And now there is one exception of this rule. There are brands who sell the same basic pieces every year and only change the color every season. For example some basic MICHAEL KORS bags. For these basic bags which only change the color every season you don’t have to run and you can wait for sales.
- We spend all our money for expensive bags
Well, one of the worst mistakes I always see is, that women believe, that with an expensive bag every cheap outfit can be enhanced. This is totally wrong. In contrary, the cheaper the outfit, the less the expensive bag looks. It is much better to spend enough money first for qualitative clothing and to buy first bags of a middle price range. The bag that costs many thousands of Euro should be bought after collecting an expensive coat, some expensive shoes and some expensive clothing.
- We buy regularly
Another main mistake most women do is to buy every week or month new stuff. It is like an obsession that we can’t control. But this obsession we have to stop immediately. Of course, there always come new beautiful trendy pieces to the stores and shops, meanwhile every week we have the possibility to buy new favorite items. But in the end we don’t need all that stuff and around 90% will only hang around in our wardrobe.
- We buy a lot for less
“Oh, it costs only 50 Euro… and this one only 40 Euro… and look at the beautiful skirt for only 20 Euro… I take them all.” And in the end we spent more than 100 Euro for a lot of stuff we don’t really need and on the other hand exactly these 100 Euro are missing in our thrift for the cinderella shoes we want to buy in awhile.
- We focus on extraordinary pieces
Of course, the floral print dress in yellow looks much more attractive than the casual white shirt. But let’s be honest, how often would we wear this yellow dress and how often would we wear the casual white shirt? Yes, the dress we would wear for special occasions, but the shirt around many days in the week. But we always take the pieces that are too extraordinary, too colorful and too special.
- We collect stuff
We all know the problem that we have around 10 pairs of black boots at home and yes, this is too much! No one needs 10 pairs of black boots and no one wears 10 pairs of black boots. The same with jewelry, accessories and everything else. We have too much of everything we don’t need.
- We are label-orientated
We see the one GUCCI or CHANEL bag at other women and then we think that we have to own a GUCCI or CHANEL bag too and this is the wrong strategy to buy expensive pieces. And the reason for it is very simple: not every GUCCI and CHANEL bag matches our style and our look. Therefore we should stop focusing on special labels and we should buy the pieces that match our wardrobe.
After we analyzed the worst mistakes we always do, we are now ready to stop our bad habits and to start buying stuff in the right way. First steps are to separate out all pieces and clothing we don’t wear and we don’t need, let’s call them bad buy. Our goal is now to sell all these bad buys for the very last time in our life and as from now on to start buying only pieces we really wear and need. Following steps should help enhancing every wardrobe by zero with qualitative and expensive pieces.
Steps to follow
- First make sure where to spend most time of your life. If you spend most time at the golf course you should spend most money for golf clothes and items. If you spend most time at the office, then you should set great value upon clothes and shoes for the office. There is no sense to buy always evening clothes if you only go out at night twice a year.
- You have to find out which basic color fits you the best. Basic colors are white, black, gray and beige. For example if gray is the basic color that fits you the best, then you should focus on it as your basic color for every outfit and look.
- Only buy pieces in which you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing skirts, then don’t spend your money for skirts. Focus always on what you like and in which you feel confident.
- It is important to write some kind of list when you want to buy what and this list you should follow in every case. Consider when it makes sense to buy what. Sunglasses you don’t have to buy in winter and boots you don’t have to buy in summer.
- Save your money for the right moment.
And now I have some examples how to enhance the wardrobe with accessories.
5 basic bags
- The shopping bag
This bag is also made for going to sports. It is large enough to put in sports clothing, shoes, beauty products, your purse and towels. You can also take it for going to the beach or for shopping at the city. It is definitely no.1 bag of the basic bags bucket list.
- The business bag
This bag you need for carrying your laptop, some snacks, your purse, a water bottle and business stuff. But it is also a bag for daily use, for shopping if you don’t want to take your large shopping bag.
- The purse
Very often I see the mistake that women buy expensive bags and don’t own a beautiful purse that matches the bag. To avoid this problem it is necessary to buy the purse of the same brand or in the same color.
- The cross-body bag
The cross-body bag is one of my favorites, but I don’t wear this bag very often. I take it for going to cinema, for going out with my friends, for going to restaurants and for the city. I always take this bag if I don’t have to carry a lot with me.
- The evening bag
This bag is very small and has a thin chain. The evening bag I take for elegant events.
First spend your money for bags that are not too expensive and that are some kind of decent. It doesn’t make any sense to buy first an expensive GUCCI or CHANEL bag if you don’t have basic bags you really need for daily use. There are brands which are expensive, but not too expensive like for example MICHAEL KORS and they have a huge range of different basic bags every woman should own first before buying the very expensive luxury bags. The reason why I recommend to invest in MICHAEL KORS bags is, that it is a luxury brand of good quality and it is of a middle price range. If you don’t have enough money for MICHAEL KORS bags, then you can wait for sale season. At sales you find MICHAEL KORS bags for only half of the original price. And the basic bags are available all year. Only the colors change a little bit. So, if you plan to buy your five basic bags from MICHAEL KORS at sales for half of the original price you have to spend around 600 Euro for all together and then you have a great collection of quality designer basic bags.
5 basic accessories
- The scarf
Scarfs are not only functional, no today they are also a great piece of accessories to enhance the look. I own many scarfs of different materials like cotton, linen, silk, wool and cashmere. I recommend every woman to spend her money for beautiful scarfs. Especially silk scarfs can be worn in so many different ways. Around the neck, as a bow on the bag, in the hair.
- The sunglasses
Every woman should own at least one pair of sunglasses. Choose a pair that matches your summer wardrobe as well as your winter wardrobe. Mind that the sunglasses shouldn’t weight too much. It should be easy to wear.
- The belt
The same with the belt. Every woman should own at least one belt because some shorts and pants look weird without a matching belt.
- The watch
Watches today are more than only a functional piece. They are some kind of jewelry and therefore I recommend to buy a beautiful watch that enhances every outfit and that can be worn at day and at evening, for casual and elegant outfits.
If you have an earlobe piercing, it is a must to wear earrings. The first pair of earrings you buy should be a classic model. For example pearl earrings, earrings with diamonds or simple gold earrings.
Especially brands like MICHAEL KORS and BURBERRY have often sales or you find them at outlets and there you can always pick up a bargain. Buying those accessories at outlets or at sales means to save up to 50% of your money. So I would profess, that you can buy all 5 basic accessories for around 600 Euro at sales or at outlets and then you have labels and luxury at the same time for less money.
The most important accessory
I would say that the most important accessory is the silk scarf because it is wearable in so many cases and it makes every look to something special. There are so many luxury labels that sell very beautiful silk scarfs in different colors and sizes.