Everyone of you would agree that there are already thousands of great tips on smart shopping. Most of them consist on checking the material, the fit, if it pairs easily with what we already own, if it is versatile enough, if it can be layered, washable and lovable forever. But if you are anything like me, and let's be shamefully honest here, the "Aaaah"-s, "Woooow"-s and "Yaaaay"-s you say scream at the sight of a brand new item wins over all the above tips.
With real cool weather yet to come, but strong ability to imagine myself in fall clothes, this period I am really struggling not to buy stuff online. Maybe my empty credit card is helping more than my self control, but last night a genius idea hit me. Sorry to all you who might have been hit first, but I am so excited.
Except for tights, cardigans and other basic pieces I need to add or replace, every time my eyes sparkle to the sight of a piece, I will ask myself how many work hours is this piece's value.
For example, if it costs 72 $ it means I need to work approximately 36 hours to buy this (calculating the salary of 2$ per hour in my country - sometimes it's lower - I know, a whole other story).
Still worth it? Will it still be worth my 36 hours of work next season or next year?
Knits or plaids probably will, but Baroque trend and velvet mostly no.
So, to make it simpler, I would work 36 hours to buy a plaid shirt I'd wear every fall, but not for a midi velvet dress I will only wear 3-4 times this year and I am not sure if it can be still worn the next, no matter how beautiful it looks now.
Friends, I really hope this helps you. Do the math by your country's salary standards or better yet, your average income. Sometimes it might get shocking, but it is the reality.
Do you have any clever tips to share with me? Frankly, I'm so curious to see how you keep yourself under control with so many online shopping options. Currently I am limited to a handful of sites as most of them don't offer shipping to my country or it is expensive. And I still struggle. Huh!