I love having outfits to wear that make me feel stylish and put together as much as the next girl. But I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, and truth be told, I’m a little lazy about it. Also, when I find something I like, I like it to last. So its lucky that I usually try to incorporates lots of classic cuts in neutral colours into my wardrobe. Otherwise I could be sitting here typing in a polar-fleece patterned vest, be hitting the town in ombre-dyed metallic-weave flares or going jogging in one of those matching track-suits with a message on the butt. (All things my much trendier and fashion-forward sister has been seen in in the last 10 years).
Tips for efficient shopping for the lazy (and/or frugal) shopper:
- Collect items of good quality and timeless style. Looking after them, following the care instructions and hanging them up nicely so they don’t lose their shape also helps them to last. A benefit of shopping less frequently and having fewer items is you can then splash out on some really fabulous long-wearing pieces
- Online shopping. You can look at hundreds of items in a few minutes rather than having to trawl through the shops. It’s particularly good for accessories. I have had the best success with tops and dresses with a bit of stretch, in tried-and-tested silhouettes which I already know suit me. Things like pants and shoes really need to fit just right so I still usually go to the shops for those.
- Instead of shopping for whole new outfits, look for versatile new pieces that can be mixed and matched with existing items in your closet. If you love something that is likely to be a short-term trend, get a relatively inexpensive version that can be worn with things you already have. This is a great way to personalize the trend to your own style.
Fashion Fortune Cookie:
“She who tries to keep a foot on every fashion band wagon loses her balance and ends up a hot mess (having fallen between wagons onto warm horse poop).” -MarcelleF