Well, for the first post of 2015, I thought I'd write down my shopping rules for the next 12 months. That way, I may be more accountable for my actions and make me think twice before rash purchases (yeah right). Oh but we can try.
So here goes.
Rule 1: Basics
I'm sticking to basics this year. I'm not really a pattern person if truth be known and yet prints seem to have crept in to my wardrobe. They're not so versatile and are more difficult to put together. So it's basic tops, jeans, jackets for me. Keeping it really simple.
Rule 2: Neutral Colours
This comes a little more naturally to me (as it ought being a colour trained consultant). I'm automatically drawn to navy, grey, nude, soft white and lately I'm rediscovering black which actually isn't in my colour palette. A tad boring but it works for me. This is what the French do sooooooo well. Sticking to a basic palette of neutral colours with a splash of whatever's in fashion at the time. Tres chic.
Rule 3: Better Quality
I'm not talking mega bucks here. I'd love to throw three thousand pounds at a silk skirt from NAP but that's not likely to happen (and if it does, shoot me before I blow the whole of the lottery win). See, I'm faced with a dilemma here. The only jeans that I can find that fit well are from M&S. They're great for a month or so and then inevitably the colour starts to fade (and not in a good denim fade either). Great jeans should last for years and get better with wear. That can't be said about cheaper brands. So I shall be on a mission.
Rule 4: Don't Buy It If I Have to Build An Outfit Around It
What I mean is that every purchase should fit effortlessly into my existing wardrobe. I'm a shocker for buying something and then realising I don't have the right shoes or jacket.
Rule 5: Perfect Fit Every Time
A 90% ok fit won't do this year. It's got to be spot on or it won't make the cut. You know, the jacket that doesn't quite fit under the arms or the top that isn't quite long enough and you spend all day tucking it in. If it doesn't fit as if it was made for me, I won't buy it.
Rule 6: Three Wardrobe Declutters A Year
Not too drastic, I probably do this already anyway. BUT....a new sub-rule which I'm pretty nervous about is, I'm going to look at every item and ask the question, would I buy it today? If I wouldn't then out it goes. Eeeek that's scary - I mean what happens if it comes back in to fashion, I'll be mortified.
Rule 7: Be Comfortable In My Style
Not as in elastic waist bands and crocs more of rediscovering who I am and feeling confident and comfortable in what I wear. I think I've lost my way somewhat over the last few months and I need to take stock. Lord only knows where this will lead.
Rule 8: Three No Shopping Months
I'd like to say consecutive months but that won't happen. There's more chance of seeing Elvis at a Primark checkout. I'm starting with January and if it goes well, I may extend it to February. The final month will probably be in the summer. Please feel free to remind me if I forget!!
Just a tiny amendment to this rule. I appear to have placed a large order with Atterley Road (brilliant sales, can't be missed). This was done in December but I'm yet to receive the parcel and, reviewing my order today, there are lots of basic pieces (Rule number 1 tick). Grovel over.
And that's it really. Easy when you put it like that.
Are you doing anything as silly as this? Do you put your own rules in place? There are items of clothing I really wish I hadn't bought last year....I'm determined not to make the same mistakes in 2015.
Let the challenge commence (this along with no carbs and no alcohol this month make January very appealing - not).