When I’m clothes shopping for myself, convenience and price are big factors. But even more important, I know that I get bored wearing the same pieces over and over. Therefore, a structured Capsule Wardrobe feels too restrictive for my personality. I enjoy clothing variety, like having 30 casual dresses to choose from at any given time, but hey, that’s just me. And since I’m not independently wealthy, along with being short and curvy (not always easy to fit), I choose to shop at stores like TJ Maxx, Target, Old Navy, Ross etc, where I feel I get a lot of bang for my buck. I also take great care of my clothes and can get 3 – 5 years out of them. My somewhat – splurges are on shoes and jeans. I need the shoes to be as comfy as possible, and I don’t mind spending more on a great pair of jeans due to the cost per wear factor. If I spend $85 on a pair of jeans and wear them 2 x week for 2 years, my cost per each wear is $0.41. That works for me.
My sister Val (with impeccable funky-classic style and who happens to be much older than me 😉 is totally different. Her wardrobe is smaller, more expensive, and she doesn’t like to wear things for more than about 2 years. Val shops mostly at Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and occasionally Ann Taylor. She also loves shopping online at HauteLook (beware – this site can be addictive! Haa), with the added convenience of returning no-go’s back to Nordstrom Rack. Val has a knack for finding beautiful, expensive-looking pieces at incredible prices. Her admitted splurges are on good boots, Cashmere sweaters and the occasional use of Trunk Club, because when you and your hubby are big-time foodies living in the DC Metro area, you gotta look and feel great when you’re checking out all those fabulous restaurants!
Maybe you’ve been told, or maybe you’ve read in fashion magazines that you should shop a certain way. HHHmmmm, I can guarantee you if I tried to shop like Val, or she tried to shop like me; it wouldn’t work for either of us, because it’s not us.
Maybe you’re a shopper who’s somewhere in the middle. Maybe like my friend Patricia, you get the majority of your wardrobe from eclectic boutiques, or Glenna, who finds fabulous clothes from QVC. Maybe you’re a lovely, fun combo of all of the above like my friend Suz. The beauty of it is you get to decide what works best for you. And when you know and do what’s best for you, it, as my friend Stacey says, “Makes shopping so much more fun, enjoyable and easy.”