If it’s in your budget and clothes shopping makes you happy, then by all means GO FOR IT. For the rest of us clothes shopping can be a luxury- something we have to budget for in advance, or (more times than not) something we spend on when we really should be using that money for other things. In this Learnvest article it says the average household spends 1800.00 per year on clothing, roughly 150 per month. Thats a big number, and yet I’ve met it each and every month this year. Despite the fact that I’ve already spent most of the 1800 they say is the “norm” I find myself with little in my closet to wear based on the reasons listed below. I’m going to have to go shopping and I thought I’d
enable share with everyone else as well.
Reasons you May Need to Go Shopping
1.) Corporate Culture Change- I used to work in a supper snazzy corporate office where business casual was demanded for each work day. Even my “Casual Friday” attire had to be a bit nicer given the high-net worth clients we were greeting. This being my first non-acting job out of college I spent the bulk of my money on office-appropriate basics. The clothes I bought are awesome and will last me a long time, but I no longer need to wear them since I’m working part-time at an arts organization. Awesomely enough, it’s T-shirts and jeans all the way….it’s just I don’t own anything legitimately casual.
Since I also work from home/on a freelance basis I’m allowed to wear yoga pants every.single.day of my life and it’s great! (wheeeee! it’s what I always dreamed of! wheeeeee!) That being said, it’s probably time to invest in some high quality yoga pants as well. I’ll wear them every day!
2.) Climate Change– Having endured the blizzard of 2010 that shut the subways down in New York I panicked in 2011 and bought a nice bulky jacket (which did come in handy) and oodles of sweaters/boots to get my through the insufferably long Northeast Winters. Now I’m back in the sunny south with no sundresses or sandals to speak of-staples that we generally wear April-November in this climate.
3.) Special Events- I’m not advocating to go shopping every time someone has a wedding, but once you’ve put enough great basics in your closet your special events should be covered and you will never have to think of them again. Still, if you don’t HAVE anything dressing for an event can be tough, and if you feel like you’re not as dressed up/down as everyone else it can put a damper or your confidence and you won’t enjoy the great party. Six years ago I invested in an expensive black cocktail dress that I have worn to endless holiday parties and events where the dress is cocktail/black tie. I’ve definitely gotten the price out of it and it’s high quality enough to last me another six years. No one really notices that I’ve worn it over and over again given how rarely I trot it out of my closet (two-three times a year maybe?)
Finally, I have a solid colored BRIGHT party dress that I’ve worn to weddings, auditions and any other occassion dictating I be “dressy casual” (bridal showers, fun parties, ceremonies etc. etc.)
4.) Necessities-Some things you just need. Given my progress on my No Spend challenge I still have some work to do on discerning between needs and wants, but when it comes to shopping there are definitely exceptions. Things such as a COAT that is appropriately thick to keep you warm in winter, RAIN BOOTS (so you don’t ruin your shoes), comfortable sneakers (not your running shoes, these are different!) can be fun to shop for and fill in the urge when you’re out of/need something.
What other legitimate reasons can we come up with to go shopping?