How to dress better with the same budget
It looks like a mistery, right? Well, it isn’t. 😉
I once told this same story on the old website (mariaguye.com) but, as all that got lost (and I’m sure I’m now a better story teller than I was back then) I decided to tell you this story again, as I think it can be useful.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a tiny appartment. She had the current season clothes hanging on a rack, at hand, and all her other clothes stored away in drawers and wardrobes with more difficult access.
All normal to this point.
And one day that she was changing the clothes from the past season for the ones for the upcoming one, she realized something that left her astonished: ‘Oh gosh! From a two yards rack, I have only worn the clothes from the first foot. How’s that possible, it being my clothes, which I chose!?’
With such an unordinary discovery, she had a closer look at all those clothes she had not worn. And when checking garment by garment, she realized what all of these garments had in common: they were, let’s say it plain and straight, shoddy.
Yes, pals. I had a rack with two yards worth of shoddy clothes that I didn’t wear, precisely because they were shoddy. Garments that I had bought one by one, piece by piece, almost always on an impulse and always autoimposing me a maximum budget of money I could spend. Like, “let’s see if I find something cute” but “I’m not going to spend more than x”. And of course, I was always finding something cute (and cheap) and I was always buying it.
I will admit that the feeling of buying something new is great, isn’t it? You go home with your fantastic bag, feeling satisfied and renewed with your new purchase. You get home, take off the labels hanging from it and you place it in your wardrobe. And there it stays, forever and ever. With luck, you’ll maybe wear it a couple of times. And most of the times, not even that.
Why we do that? What the h*** is wrong with us?
Well, I came up to the conclusion that we do this mainly for two reasons:
- Because we seek that change and renovation feeling that comes with buying something new. It’s the “new” that we are actually looking for.
- Because we believe we are less rich than we actually are. Yes. Yes! Think about it for a second: how much money have you spent over the last year on things that were just meh later on? Seriously: do a quick sum and you will freak out. A LOT of money. Money that just by distributing it differenttly would have allowed you to buy better things. Fewer, but better.
Can you see where I’m leading? Why do you want to fill up your wardrobe with garments that you will not wear? Maybe you don’t need them, because to practical effects it’s like you are not having them anyway.
I propose you a change
I propose you changing quantity for quality. Distributing your shopping budget in a way that better garments enter your home.
Of course, there will be less of them. But they will make you feel much better. You will be more at ease wearing them, you will wear them more often and you will cause a better impression on others (and on yourself). After all, it is much better to hang oneself the “this is quality” tag than the “this is cheap” tag. (Pssst! More on this on the post “Upgrade your tags”)
And if you’d like to turn it up a notch, next time you feel like getting “something new”, I encourage you to ask yourself where this change feeling comes from, what part of your life do you feel like changing. What aspect of your life does that call for something new come from. And once you have found it, to get, with no hurry but with no pause (and with lots of love) to change it. That will surely give you a much deeper and solid satisfaction than buying a new object.
How do you work when buying (may it be clothes, or not)? Am I the only one out there? Please leave a comment, I will love reading you.