the myth of retail therapy

So the last couple of months I have been repressing the urge to buy lovely new clothes for myself, mostly because Sean and I have just moved out and along with rent, food, payments for my car to be fixed and paying off our new couch, it’s hard to justify spending money on myself.
I know a lot of my friends are in the same situation because they’re at uni or they just got back from a holiday or paying off a mortgage etc etc
Firstly, I would like to apologise for sounding like your mum. A lot of the advice in this piece is almost word for word from my teenages years and the advice from my own mum that I neglected to take.

A few helpful hints about throwing caution into the wind when embarking on a shopping venture

  • Make sure someone is with you
    It’s handy to have someone around to make sure those impulse buys actually look okay on, if you’re a little bit hesitate about how you look, that second opinion could be either, saving you $60 or confirming that yes you DO look like Miranda Kerr/Megan Gale!
  • Put aside money for rent and such asap.
    I know how easy to is to think ‘there will be enough money in my account to pay for rent after this’ but you never know! Your whole days effort will be met with guilt and remorse if you realise that you need to borrow money from someone or take money out from your savings account.
  • Mentally go through your wardrobe at home before you buy an accessory for a newly purchased item.
    I almost bought a grey jumper to go with my cute new red playsuit but I paused and remembered I had one at home really similar so I saved myself $40! Which I then used for fuel! Hooray! Simple yet effective advice!
  • If you’re going to spend a lot of money on one thing make sure it’s a unique addition to your wardrobe.
    I bought two new skirts for work because i’m fed up with black and grey, I justified the purchase because one skirt was red and the other was blue and I have no items similar to that at home. I also think it goes without saying that you should never buy something because it looks like something you have at home but in a different colour.
  • Take care of your garments.
    Okay this isn’t so much to do with shopping but just clothes in general.
    Read the tab on the inside people! I know a lot of us may think there is no difference between cold and hot wash or putting something in the dryer isn’t going to really effect it but you never know! I’ve taken to hanging all of my new clothes in the laundry instead of putting them in the dryer. They might not shrink straight away but I don’t want to get into the habit of taking the easy way out and shoving them in the dryer!
  • For the love of Coca-Cola try your things on before you buy them! 
    Yes I know, I know! ‘I’ve always been the same size’ right? Or ‘jumpers look better baggy’ or ‘anything blue looks great on me!’ These excuses are just in your head, you never know how something will look until it’s on your body, no matter how many times you’ve been to the same store or bought the same sizing etc etc…And telling yourself ‘i’ll just take it back if it doesn’t fit.’ don’t kid yourself…
  • You don’t have to buy a bunch of new outfits to update your look.
    Stop rolling your eyes! So money is pretty tight and you’re sick of your same old combo, don’t splash out the money you don’t have on a bunch of new tops, skirts/shorts, jeans and jackets! If you’re buying a new cardigan, why not get a bright blue one! Sometimes, the simplest addition of colour can transform a whole outfit. Need I remind everyone that block colours are all the rage at the moment?
  • Stay away from black.
    Aside from dresses and work clothes I recommend that you stick to coloured items only. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than the one that comes from dumping all of your new things on your bed and reliving your purchases. I  also think that coloured items give you the illusion that there is also more variety!
  • Do not stray from your initial purpose!
    You came to buy clothes impulsively and that’s what you’ll do! Yeah I know you’re in the city and feeling giddy about your venture before you. Then you walk past Target and remember that you needed a new iron or maybe you will just pop into Woolies to pick up some porridge. NO! STOP! You turn your ass around and get back into Sportsgirl. If you’re going to indulge, please ensure that when you get home you’re satisfied with your purchases and I have never felt satisfied with a new pair of jeans and a new extension cord and kettle…
  • Shop around for cheaper alternatives
    I have to walk through the city every morning and afternoon to get to and from work and do you know what I see at 7.30 and 5.05? I see Alannah Hill clothes. I won’t put a link up because:
    a) That would mean I would have to go on the site
    b) I don’t wish the envy you would feel upon anyone (except maybe Draco Malfoy <– little bit of HP humour for all you fans out there)
    But I do recommend shopping around for a while until you’ve found something that is quite alike what you’ve seen in a magazine, tv, window shopping.
  • Do not feel ashamed that you’re not buying ‘brand clothes’ all of the time.
    Seriously, Lauren Conrad is not going to be hanging out with you with weekend so it’s not like anybody will know that the tshirt you’re wearing is from Kmart.

 So there you have it folks, it might not be ground breaking stuff but maybe it’s reminded you of whats important when shopping.

I do believe that retail therapy is not a myth and it’s not just for girls! 
For weeks now i’ve been feeling a little down every time I look in my wardrobe for something to wear and look at the same old stuff. However this week i’ve become completely animated at the prospect of getting up in the morning and wearing something different! Even my older clothes seem a bit more exciting since i’m not wearing them every day!

Usually i’m racked with guilt about spending my money on something other than essential living items but because I don’t do this every pay day I think it has really paid off! The majority of girls I know take a great deal of pride in their wardrobe and have spent much time and money, finding the perfect basic peices, unique party dresses, timeless classics, comfortable hardwearing jackets, the faultless jeans, you know what I mean? Anyway, it’s a good feeling, knowing that beyond your wardrobe doors there is the comfort of awesome swag awaiting you and thats what i’m trying to achieve.

That being said, I don’t believe it’s healthy for people to place their happiness in things like clothes, shoes, accessories and the new Chelsea Handler book (so funny by the way) However there is nothing wrong with spending your own hard earned money on things that you know are going to make you feel good at the end of the day! Like I said before, as long as your rent/mortgage/car repayments/credit card is all up to date then go for it! You’ve worked hard for your money (unless you’re on the dole) so it’s okay to buy things for yourself. No one will judge you, (unless it’s the bank because you haven’t paid your car loan..yeah they will judge you…and take away your things)
 -Lisa xxx


August 19, 2011. Uncategorized.

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