My Greatest Shopping Mistake and the Tip to avoid it

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I have a favorite shopping tip that saves me time, helps me build my wardrobe with items I love, but it’s also one of my biggest shopping mistakes. The trick is to know when to use this tip, and when not to.

Here’s the secret: BUY ALL THE COLORS

When I find something I love, I buy it in all the colors, and it’s something I’ve always done. I mean, why wouldn’t I? I just found the perfect item. Why keep searching when it comes in 6 of my favorite colors? It seems like a no brainer.

It’s a great shopping tip, but it is also one of my biggest shopping downfalls because it’s not always the right thing to do, and I end up purging some items x10. Here’s the trick to know when to use it.

When to do it

Here’s the secret to success with this tip: only do it with classic, basic foundation pieces

The greatest jeans you’ve ever put on your body? YES

The perfect crew-neck sweater? YES

The ideal sheath dress? YES

The most flattering v-neck tee ever? YES

Buy them in every color you love, and they will be wardrobe staples.

A fur-trimmed duster cardigan? NO

Let me explain why.

items I have in multiple colors

These are items I have in multiple colors:

  • Jeans
  • Basic dresses
  • V-neck tees
  • Button-ups
  • Turtleneck sweaters
  • Crewneck sweaters
  • V-neck sweaters
  • Pencil skirts
  • Shorts
  • Classic coats

When not to buy all the colors

There are three categories of clothes I don’t use this secret with (anymore. Usually.), and it saves me a lot of money and heartache.

Special items

As much as I love to find special details in my foundation pieces, if it’s a really noticeable one, then everyone will notice when it makes up half your wardrobe, and that might make you less likely to wear it.

Many of us don’t wear our really noticeable items very often so people don’t realize we repeat items (I know you do it! We all do).

Small special details like a notched sleeve are ok because they don’t jump out at you, but something like a large houndstooth pattern is much more noticeable, and it makes your wardrobe look and feel less varied.

When I find something I love, I decide I must have them all. And I recently nearly fell into this trap AGAIN with this duster cardigan. When I wear it, I feel live a Hollywood Diva, so naturally I want it in all my favorite colors, right? I could feel like a diva every day! Sign me up!

I was on the prowl for more diva cardigans, and black was top of my list. I was *this close* to buying one when I realized this has been a problem in the past, and I stopped myself.

Because here’s the thing: when everything is special, nothing is. This sweater is so special, and I love to wear it, but if I had it in 10 colors, it’s wouldn’t be special anymore, would it?

I’m going to let this be the special one and enjoy it every time I put it on.

It could also be a special pattern like these tees. I love them! But one of each is enough.

The next thing not to buy in multiples is:

Trendy Items

An example from a few years ago is the cold-shoulder top. When they came out they were EVERYWHERE. You could buy them in every store, every color, every pattern, and every price point, but they fell out of favor very quickly, and now they are NOWHERE.

The temptation to buy them all is real, but in 2 years, you could have 10 of the same top that are ready for the donation bin. When it comes to trends, one or two of a specific trend is usually enough.

New-to-you styles

When I decided I HAD TO HAVE a trench coat, not only did I have to have the best, most classic, keep forever version immediately, I needed it in every color. Every. Single. Color. I had never even worn a trench coat before, but I was certain it was the answer to all my style woes. Instant chic.

I loved my first one, so I proceeded to find trenches in all my favorite colors. Until I realized that first: it’s not the only jacket style I like to wear.

Second, I have very, very particular likes and dislikes when it comes to trenches.

Third, I almost always grab the black or navy ones. The bold colored ones are not top of my list, and I don’t wear them enough to keep them in my closet.

This is not the first time I’ve made this mistake. After I purged all the Jackie Kennedy cardigans (x10), I immediately stocked my closet with every color of boyfriend cardigan. And if you watched closet clean out video #3, you know those are now gone as well.

Try out a new-to-you style for a while before you decide you need it in every color, and then refer back to rules 1 and 2.

Summary

Stock up on those perfect basics in all your favorite colors and save yourself the trouble of finding it again. But special items, trendy items, new-to-you styles, no. You don’t need them in all the colors. Perfect jeans, yes. Basic dress, yes. Fur trimmed duster cardigan? No.

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6 thoughts on “My Greatest Shopping Mistake and the Tip to avoid it”

  1. Thank you so much for this video. Two “aha” moments I had is when I find something I like in basics it’s ok to buy it in all the colors I LOVE but only the colors in my capsule wardrobe so everything will go together rather than buying EVERY color. I had a closet full of every color but nothing went together so I didn’t wear the colors that weren’t in my capsule. I did the the closet purge and donated them.

    I am so glad I found your site. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. I love that your postings are so down to earth. You make us feel like we are friends.

    1. So true. There are so many great colours out there but I am always going to grab my capsule colours when I am getting dressed so no point buying others

  2. April, I love the sweater you’re wearing. It is my style and something I would buy multiples of. I have the fall 2019, winter 2019 and spring 2020 guides. I know I’ve seen it somewhere but I can’t find it. If it’s one of the guides, could you let me know.

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