Created a strict budget
Real Life Outfits, Less IG Worthy
As a style blogger, I’m constantly thinking about style inspiration and how I can provide helpful style tips to my subscribers. I know that you guys check out my blog because you enjoy the different ways that I put outfits together and I always take that into consideration when I’m choosing looks. However, somewhere down the line, I started choosing looks that were more IG (Instagram) worthy, and less of what I would actually wear on an everyday basis. That left me with a bunch of clothes that were not being worn and just sitting in my closet. No more of that!!! I want to be as authentic as possible, so I’m purchasing items that I can wear on a daily basis in my real life, not just IG worthy looks. Because we’re all “REAL” people and let’s be honest, most people do not look/dress like they do on IG in real life.
Shop my closet
As I stated earlier, in the past I had a tendency to just purchase items that I would only wear once, then leave them in my closet never to be seen or worn again. Well, now instead of running to the stores when I want to find something to wear for my blog or to an event, I go straight to my closet first. There’s almost a 100% guarantee that I will find something in there that I like. How do I know that? Because I bought everything in there. So that must mean that I liked some of those purchases.
Don’t purchase just because there’s a sale.
Another thing that I tend to do (and I know y’all can feel me on this) is rush to a store as soon as I see that they’re having a sale. Now, I know very well that I don’t need to buy anything. Yet, I go into the store with the intention of finding pieces just because I know their on sale. Then I convince myself that I just saved money. Do you see the irony in that thought process? I go into a store even though there’s nothing that I need from the store. I buy a bunch of stuff on sale and then tell myself that you’ve saved. That’s not even sane, but that’s how my mind works sometimes.
The “Three Times” Rule
Lastly, I’ve started asking myself a couple questions when I’m about to purchase an item. One question is, “Can you see yourself wearing this three times or more?” Another question is, “What are three ways/occasions that you can wear this piece?” If I can’t come up with any answers, then that means that I probably don’t need it.
As you can see, I have a true shopping problem, smh. I joke about it sometimes but it’s definitely REAL! I’m currently having a mindset shift and I’m hoping that this shift will lead to me making smarter and more thought out decisions when it comes to spending my money.
Now, about this look.
Y’all know I am a firm believer in keeping it simple in every part of my life; especially style. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love this look! It’s simple, yet slightly trendy. What I love even more about it is that all of these pieces are old, except for this top. My handy dandy black jeans are a constant go-to for me and these heels are probably going to fall apart very soon but they have stood the test of time. And I think y’all remember this fanny pack/belt bag from this post couple months ago. I love shopping at Officially Chic 😊!
Speak to you soon!
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