Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sorry, Rachel Zoe

So, I was looking through my Pinterest board, 'I Die' and I realized that a lot of the outfits I pinned weren't so high fashion. (Maybe I should rename my board) In fact, a lot of what I had pinned was actually achievable.


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Here's my problem:  When I shop, I buy pieces, and don't think about what I'll wear them with.  I don't put outfits together and then end up just wearing the same old things.

I always covet the way my friends put together outfits, mixing and matching pieces and creating different looks.  On the contrast, I have some really great pieces that never get worn because they don't match anything. I need to amend how I shop.

My solution:  I figured out what in my 'I Die' board I would need to create a good mix of outfits for fall. Things that I could mix and match and use in multiple ways.  Things that would compliment some of the things I already have.  Then, taking it one step further, I set a budget for each item.  A maximum amount that I would be willing to spend.

Here's my list:

Cognac Flats- budget $30
Chambray Shirt - budget $30
White looser-fitting layering tee - budget $15
Longer Cardigan medium thickness - budget $30
Statement Multi-Colored beaded necklace (with some plum in it) - budget $20
Shorter Trench coat - budget $50
Straight leg Navy blue cords - budget $50
nicer layering top with button sleeves - budget $20
Cognac purse - budget $30

And if I stay on my budget, I'll spend $275 total!

This has made shopping more fun and has kept me searching for the versitile pieces that I need.

I've found 3 pieces so far, and stayed under budget.  I've found a few of the others, but have been over my budget.  So, I'll just keep them in mind and keep my ears open for a sale!

Do you think it's do-able?  What do you think of my strategy?

6 comments:

  1. Your list is my current most worn. I bought cognac flats last year and I wear them more than I would like to admit. And, I have a chambray obsession. It's really bad.

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  2. I'm pretty sure this is genius! I tend to build outfits in my head before purchasing, but what I don't usually do first is think about everything I want for a given season and build a budget around it! I will definitely be implementing this into my shopping... whenever Paul lifts the "spending freeze"...

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  3. LOVE this idea and the outfits you pinned. I love this budget idea - I've never thought about budgeting individual pieces not just the entirety of the trip. I'm really bad about shopping and finding things I like - I'll be like "well I have a lot of black so I'll buy red" but - red doesn't look that great on me. Also - those student loan payments every month would amount to an AMAZING wardrobe. Can't wait to be done with them!

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  4. Love this idea so much. Pure genius. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest post. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  6. I've changed my entire idea about shopping now... I do plan ideas for outfits before I make a purchase, and I've decided to start "investing" in pieces so that they last for a longer amount of time. Cute outfit ideas! Checkout my blog if you get a chance, the second part of my gift guide comes tomorrow! Follow if you like. :)

    Jenn

    apopofstyle.blogspot.com

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