Five Ways You Can Shop with Intention This Season and Always
I'm beginning this post on one day and I'm not gonna lie but I'll probably finish it on another. This week and weekend are pretty busy, which I'm not too embarrassed to admit is the first time in awhile. This girl likes her Friday nights on the couch with a glass of white wine and a face mask.
The best and worst part of the weekend is that there's a whole range of events. Everything from a networking happy hour to a girls' evening out. I love getting a chance to hang out with different groups of people, from family to friends to hopefully new friends! But it's always challenging to have a range of outfits that work for each.
Lately though I'm feeling less stressed, less challenged, and more in control of my closet. Instead of proclaiming I have nothing to wear and going shopping, I just reach into my closet and get ready. That's because I'm finally getting real and intentional about my style.
Take this outfit: every single piece brings me joy. I literally want to wear it every day. Such a bright statement top (polka dots! yellow! balloon sleeves!) would usually be a weekend only top. But I have worn it to work, on the weekend, for events in the evening and in the morning. Then you've seen me wear these jeans before, because I can't get over how comfortable Target jeans are. My love for this quirky, fun look is all chalked up to shopping with intention.
Shopping with intention can be really difficult. I'm right there with you if you feel like your closet is a hodge podge of trends, things you legitimately like, things you feel like you have to wear because work, and more. What it comes down to is remembering a few simple things that will keep you on track to choosing things you love.
Find a color palette that gets you excited.
Color can really change up the way you feel about a clothing item. I really think it's a tragedy that most "professional" work places have the peer pressure of dressing in neutral tones (teaching totally included in this).
Professional dress in neutrals only is a marketing ploy. Instead find a palette of colors (shades of blue, navy and coral, anything you love) and pieces in those colors to mix and match.
Dress for the body you have.
The hardest and best lesson to learn about shopping is that the number on the tag does not define you. Yes, I have obsessed over size before. But years of shopping have taught me that you are not one size. You can visit five different stores in a day and find you range from a small to a large.
Focus on how an item fits. Don't be embarrassed to size up or down. Clothes that fit who you are right now make it easier to put together outfits that make you feel confident.
Embrace your style "quirks".
In case no one told you lately: you're unique. There are things that people recognize you for and I'm always surprised when I don't see this shine through in people's personal style. Actually, even I've been guilty of not embracing my style quirks. I love funky accessories but I felt like they were a waste of money. But adding those fun details (like my new favorite clutches from Studio DIY) make all the difference in loving my daily outfits.
The key is don't go crazy. Just because Kate Middleton wore a killer fascinator for the royal wedding but it's not something to be worn lightly. If you can make it part of a look you love, invest in it. If not, find something else.
If you're not sure now, you won't be later.
Ever been guilty of saying, well, I can make this work? Ugh, I know I have. I've promised myself that, even after trying it on, whatever item I purchase will magically be perfect...when it's not.
If you can't 100 percent commit, aka fall in love, can't stop thinking about how it's going to make your closet so, so happy, then put it back on the rack. If it doesn't look perfect, feel great, put it back on the rack. You don't have to be perfect but really love your clothes.
Ask yourself: does it bring me joy?
No, no, I'm not going all Konmari on you. But the best way to be intentional with the purchases you make are to question if this item will really make you happy. Does it make you feel confident? Does it make you feel sexy? Does it make you feel like you can do anything?
It seems pretty hard to find joy when you're looking for sensible flats for work. But if you approach it from a place of joy and excitement, you may not pick out the same boring pair that's sits in your closet all weekend. Maybe you'll find a pair of flats that make you walk into work with a spring in your step.
Shopping with intention isn't a science, but it can be tough to stay on track.
Shopping can be hard, between budget, body, and trends. We've allll been through the endless "add to cart" phase. Yes, I still find myself in that phase from time to time. But I really refocusing on these ideas have helped my closet because more cohesive and chock full of things that bring joy and happiness.