Ditch The Impulse Shopping

Shopping With Confidence, cutting down on impulse shopping and having a smarter shopping strategy.

It’s not news to anyone that shopping for clothes can be damn hard.

I love it, don’t get me wrong but I completely understand why my clients, especially my new ones don’t like to shop. As it’s almost April and the season of autumn and winter shopping is starting, I wanted to give you a few handy tips to whip your shopping plans into shape in the new year and stay away from impulse shopping.


Before buying anything, you should know what your style is, or the look you’re trying to achieve. Going in and waiting for inspiration to hit will result in your wardrobe ending up a mismatch of different styles and shopping moments.


There’s nothing as effective as a detailed shopping list. It’s always smart to go through your wardrobe first and make a list of priorities and other items that you’ve been wanting to add. If you can be specific about what you need, list colour, even fabric and cut will help you to narrow your search and stay focused.


My average client spends between $1200 and $2000 on updating their wardrobe, very rarely do my clients spend upwards of $6000 on an entire update unless that client is shopping strictly designer or has a love for something like antique jewellery, or evening wear. To update your wardrobe, you really only need a small collection of clothing, a little can go a long way so don’t think you need to spend big to get a better outcome.


Knowing that you don’t need to spend a lot brings me to my next point, being realistic with what you’re going to spend. Once you know what style you’re going for and what you need, set a budget. The best budgets are set by jumping online and looking at the average prices of items from the brands you love. Make a list for each category like tops, jackets, skirts and dresses and list the average price for each. This will become a quick reference for you in the future.


Last but not least, if you aren’t so excited about the item you’ve tried on that you want to wear it first thing tomorrow then it’s a good idea to sleep on it. Leave it at the store, give it a day or two and if you find yourself thinking about it and you can see that it will work well with your wardrobe, go back for it.

Give it a go and report back! And if there’s something you struggle with when shopping and staying on track, get in touch or leave a comment below! It’s amazing some of the tactics the stores are using that are getting us to shop, so don’t feel silly about it. Stay strong!


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Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Writer based in Sydney, she's considered an expert in her field as a Personal Stylist and is also quite good at writing about herself in the third person. She cries during movie makeover scenes, has a jar of Nutella under her bed for safety, and can tell you the synopsis of every Kath & Kim episode ever. She currently resides in Sydney with her Oscar worthy cat, Meryl Streep.

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