Go on admit it! You suffer from shopping envy don’t you?
If it’s not advertising it’s magazine editors or bloggers telling us about their latest purchase, what we should or shouldn’t be buying. It’s everywhere, on our social media feeds, on our televisions, in the magazines we read. The most covetable items, what’s hot for summer, ‘lusting lately’. All phrases to get our sartorial juices flowing and whet our fashionable appetites.
Our eyes widen and stomachs flutter at the alluring thought of ‘the experience’. Bloggers tease us in a peepshow like manner, slowly revealing their latest ‘haul’s through a seductive collection of instagrams, tweets and pins. The desire of the shopping experience in everyone of us piqued.
It drives us to desire the experience, to go out and spend our cash or credit. An addiction to the stimulation of our senses a shopping trip brings. This consistent message leaves us in a position where if we don’t get that stimulation or we go a while without it we get envious of those that have it.
We’re all victims to what I described above. Myself included. I remember buying a pair of ‘beats’ headphones last winter after seeing the advert. Don’t blame me, Will-I-Am made me do it!
But we need to get over it for a number of reasons.
What happens when the desirable cannot be found?
Recently I’ve been experiencing a bit of a shopping slump. I’ve had money each month to spend and believe me I’ve tried to spend it! As each month’s budget rolls over, my budget for clothes has increased. I thought this would make it easier but it’s not changed a thing. I’m so fickle when it comes to the fit that if I love the design of something but it’s ill-fitting, it’s an immediate write-off. I recently shared my woes with the twittersphere and it seems some of you guys share my conundrum.
I decided I’d go designer, as I was having no luck with the high street. Although some designs grabbed my attention, nothing really struck a chord. So I was left with a fruitless shopping expedition.
But there is a silver lining to all of this, let me explain:
- Ultimately I’m saving money. We’re in a recession and although it leaves every fashionista or fashion mister heavy hearted, more money in your pocket is definitely not a bad thing.
- The unattainable is now attainable. My usual budget allows me to shop on the high street but as I’ve not been spending anything on clothes it’s allowed me to consider brands that I’d never consider before. I came close to buying the Alexander Wang shirt in the picture but ultimately I was put off by the prospect of fading sleeves. Had I not had this slump, I wouldn’t have even considered high end items like this. Shopping less frequently not only saves you money, it also opens the door to pieces you’d normally be unable to afford.
- It makes you think harder about the clothes you already own. It certainly made me rethink what outfits I can create with what’s already in my wardrobe. Rather than another fruitless shopping trip, I spent 2 hours recently going through each of the pieces I own and seeing if there were any outfits I’d not thought of. Rediscover your own wardrobe, shop that instead of the high street and really flex that style IQ.
See if you can go one month with out shopping, save some money and shop your wardrobe instead. I’d love to hear about your findings if you try this.
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Do you have a budget each month for clothes and shop frequently?
Maybe you’re experiencing a shopping slump?
Ever felt the desire to go on a shopping spree after reading magazines/blogs?
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