I'm an all or nothing kind of girl. One minute I'm quite literally injecting (stupid amounts of) money into my face, the next I'm searching high and low for the best deal on toilet paper. What can I say? I'm choosey about where I invest my moolah. Would I skimp out on facial fillers? Absolutely not - that stuff sticks around for a while. But splurging on scented 47-ply loo roll? Well, we all know where that ends up.
The same goes for my wardrobe (not that it ends up down the toilet..) - I love me a bargain, but I'm also partial to the odd buying binge every once in a while. I've grown up with the mentality that, if you can't afford it, you can't have it. I've never had a credit card, never used store credit, nor have I ever dipped into my overdraft. So when it comes to shopping I'm super tactical about what it is that I pick up, when I pick it up, and why. Seriously, never go shopping with me - I'm that person that spends about four hours looking through sale racks, only to turn around last minute and put everything back on the rail. Sales assistants hate me. But, in doing that I have managed to 'skilfully' curate a closet that ticks all the boxes for me, without leaving me broke, and quite literally living in a box on the side of the road.
- STAPLE ACCESSORIES
- HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS
- WARDROBE STAPLES
- ONE OF KIND ITEMS
- TREND PIECES
- HOLIDAY CLOTHES
- GYM GEAR
- OCASSIONAL WEAR
WHEN TO SAVE
Whenever possible, save. This doesn't mean you can't go out and buy the things you want, but just try and be smart with it. Have you checked online for discount codes? Could you get it cheaper somewhere else? There's always a pretty penny to be saved, and hey, it adds up! I swear, even if I woke up one day to millions sitting in my bank (yes pls), I'd still shop on the high street, and I'd still scour the sales. Bargains feel good. Bankrupting yourself in order to buy the new it-bag on Instagram, does not.
Trend pieces are one thing I always make sure I skimp out on, because - chances are - I'm not going to be loving in a few years down the line. There are some things I've splurged on in the past because it was cool at the time, but now? Well, now I'm having a hard time flogging them for even a few quid. I've bought brand names before only to find an exact duplicate of it on the high street two weeks later. Better quality? Of course. But will I be wearing it in six months time to even care? Probably not.
WHEN TO SPLURGE
That being said, I do think it's important to invest in staple pieces whenever possible. I must've spent literally hundreds of pounds looking for the perfect white tee on the high street. They'd start out great (and so worth the £10!) but after a few washes they've lost their shape completely. A few years ago I bought a T by Alexander Wang V neck for - gulp - seventy quid, and you know what? It still looks exactly the same as the day it arrived on my door step. I must have worn it over a hundred times, taking that cost-per-wear down to a measly 7p. Call me crazy, but I'd say that's worth the initial splurge.
Another reason that I'd be more inclined to get spendy comes down to, quite simply, not being able to find anything else like it. Take a Chanel bag for example. Sure, you could buy a super cheap fake, but it won't last. And yeah, you could go and buy a really great quality dupe, but if you want a Chanel bag, you want a Chanel bag, not something that just looks like one. The great thing about designer bags is that they keep a lot of their value too, so if you suddenly decide to sell your 'Boy' bag (ahem, call me) you can be sure to get back a nice hefty chunk of the price you originally paid. And of course, if you fancy saving a bit of moneys along the way, grab yourself some second hand Chanel.