I read a quote once that said something to the effect, "Just because you bought something for $100 on sale doesn't mean you saved money, it means you spent $100." Growing up, I was a sale shopper. We didn't have a lot of money and I couldn't justify purchasing full priced items with my precious allowance. I've worked in some aspect of retail for about 9 years, so I've always had access to discounted clothing. I revolved my shopping habits around "discounts" rather than buying quality items or things I LOVE, and "NEED".
One boutique I worked for tracked each name to each sale and I had access to every single purchase I had ever made. After a few years the results were devastating. I had accumulated enough money to pay off the expensive car I owned at the time, in cash rather than taking out a loan. Seeing those numbers put a lot into perspective.
For me, retail can truly be therapeutic. Most days, I really love shopping. I can shop anywhere and become completely inspired and hypnotized by the products. Although this sounds magical, it's very dangerous for the bank account. Especially for someone who loves fashion and works at a clothing boutique. I took a break from retail for a year and a half which helped me cut back on shopping a lot. My closet is already overflowing and although I get tempted by various trends it was much easier to restrain while I was working in the restaurant industry (out of sight, out of mind). I truly have what I need, and then some. I've slowly made it a habit to periodically purge and reorganize my closet. Constantly reevaluating what I have helps me put my wardrobe into perspective and make thoughtful choices on my purchases. Although I still get tempted I am retraining myself to stick to a mindful budget and to not give in simply because it's "cheap."
I purchased this (one size fits most) sweater by LOOK as one of my monthly treats. I've worn it nearly every day since I brought it home. I've been looking for an over sized, cream cardigan, for at least a year since my old one is getting raggedy. Often times these styles have a lot of yellow undertones which doesn't work for my light, olive skin. I was pleased to see this my first day back on the sales floor and when the girls told me it was a best seller I knew I needed it too. I've been working on adding lighter neutrals to my wardrobe and knew this would go well with my new cognac colored bag and shoes.
My second treat was this pair of hi-rise straight leg jeans by Principle Denim. I just discovered this brand which is based out of LA. I've been yearning for a high waisted light wash and I liked how they fit my waist. It is not easy for me to wear a straight leg but when they're cuffed (especially with a heel) I can get away with it. I fell in love with their cuteness and then I saw they were American made. I like to support local/American made products so I was immediately inclined closer toward them. I also read that they use premium fabrics and that they have a size retention which is important to me. Although we are heading into Fall and Winter I think I will wear them all the time. All my boxes were checked so I took the plunge and I couldn't be more excited.