Every purchase is an investment, no matter if it’s a small or big one. Fashion is a fast-paced industry, it’s easy to get carried away, and the result is impulse shopping. Impulse shopping doesn’t have to be something bad, but let’s be honest, most of these items will keep their tags until we decide to give them away – unworn! If it wasn’t an expensive item, it’s easy to get over it. But it’s not, if there is a big price on the tag. That’s why it is important to consider very purchase, especially every fashion purchase.
What you should ask yourself and do before making a major purchase
No matter if your future investment is big or small, it should be carefully considered. It’s important to ask yourself the following questions and do the following things before making a major purchase:
Do you see yourself using it? A lot?
The most important question to ask yourself to make sure you’ll actually wear the item. Think about what you need in an item and if this specific item matches all your criterias and the characteristics you want it to have. Try to imagine different outfits, different combinations with this item you want to buy. If at least three outfits come to your mind, you’ll probably wear it more than once. And in this case, it’s probably worth the investment.
Does it go with the clothes you already have?
I told you to think about three different outfits with this item. All these outfits should be a combination of clothes you already have in your wardrobe. Let’s be honest, changing your whole wardrobe for one specific item would be ridiculous. And there’s no use in purchasing an item if it won’t match anything you already have, because if it doesn’t go with the clothes you already have, you won’t wear it.
Do you really need it? And do you need it right now?
You have to be really honest when answering this question! Sometimes we think we really need something, it’s probably because everyone has it. But most of these items are just a trend, a trend that’ll probably change pretty soon. And as soon as the trend is gone you won’t wear it again. Before making this purchase you should make sure you fall for the look, the fabric, the cut and everything and not only the way it looks on your favourite blogger or celebrity. When you decide that you really NEED this item, think about if you need it right now. Maybe it’s a purchase that can wait, so you’ll have the chance to sleep on it overnight. Give yourself a few more days to think about the item you want to buy and if it’s actually worth it. And maybe you’ll be lucky, and the item will be on sale a few weeks later.
Can you actually afford it?
It’s important to know your financial limits. Before going shopping, you should have a look at your finances and set yourself a budget. Especially a major purchase has to be well considered. Think about how long it’ll take you to pay it off and if you’ll be able to pay your rent and food when making this major purchase.
Is it worth the investment?
Is the item you want to buy something you’ll wear this one season or is it one of those items you’ll probably have and use half a lifetime? It better is one of those basic items you buy yourself for constant use, so it’s definitely worth the investment.