A couple months ago, I swung open my closet door and was truly disappointed by what I saw. As a style aficionado, it’s really easy to get caught up in buying things just to seem trendy or forward. From pants I hadn’t worn in years to shirts I despised, it felt like I was looking at an identity crisis. My own.
After donating several bags of clothes, I resolved to change the way I look at shopping for my wardrobe. Below are my Five Commandments.
Commandment No. 1: Thou shalt not buy too much into trends.
This is probably the hardest commandment for me. However, it’s the most important. There have been times where I’ve seen the same shirt or the same bag on a blogger over and over again, to the point where I’m brainwashed to think that I need it. But those items are very short-lived and tend to just sit in your closet. Case in point: the new embroidered roses on jeans trend. I can’t see myself wearing embroidered jeans every week, let alone next season, so it would be a complete waste of money. Instead, I’ve been incorporating trends into my wardrobe through affordable accessories. In the case of embroidered roses, I purchased an embroidered rose bandana for less than $15. And when the trend dies, I won’t be too sad about how much I bought into it.
Commandment No. 2: Thou shalt splurge on build-able basics.
I think it’s important to invest in quality pieces that can be worn again and again. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on each item, obviously, but you should do your research. And be picky! I recently had to throw out a leather jacket that I had for about 10 years, and I’m still looking for the perfect replacement. Everyone’s preferences are different but some great build-able basics include: a winter coat, a leather jacket, a denim jacket, a blazer, a white button-up, plain T-shirts, jeans, nude pumps, etc.
Commandment No. 3: Thou shalt choose a color palette.
I used to have this silly habit of buying colors that I didn’t already have or have enough of in my closet. Like, “Oh, it’s yellow. I don’t have enough yellow!” Spoken like a true shopaholic, smh. Anywho, I’ve realized that I hate wearing purples, oranges, yellows, greens and browns. These colors are just not me and will never be me. Instead, I’ve begun editing my closet down to colors that I do love: whites, tans, blacks, grays, pinks and blues. Now things automatically match, and putting together outfits has never been easier. One of the best ways to determine your color palette is to make a Pinterest board of looks that you love. You can check out mine here…. the color palette is quite obvious! This also helps me with decision-making when shopping. If it doesn’t come in my color palette, I don’t buy it.
Commandment No. 4: Thou shalt not buy things that don’t serve you.
Once upon a time Nhi would buy short dresses and high heels. Unfortunately, Nhi has no use for either of those items anymore. (Nhi will stop talking in third person now.) With all the running around that I currently do in the city, it would be silly for me to spend on short dresses and high heels. Instead, I’ve been buying midi dresses, flats and low heeled sandals because I know I will actually get use out of those things.
Commandment No. 5: Thou shalt only buy things that scream YOU.
Am I one of those girls who can pull off Cali girl cool? Am I so0o0o0o0 trendy and #Coachella? Do I look good in chokers and double-buckle belts? No. But you might be that girl! And that’s okay. You should only buy things that scream you. Are you going to wear this all the time? Will this make sense with the rest of your wardrobe? Does this match your personality? Because that’s what makes you who you are, and that’s what makes fashion so fun.
Now go forth, young grasshopper, and build the perfect wardrobe… for you!