Sometimes, it’s hard to resist the shopping temptation…especially when there’s a great Urban Outfitters right on campus or Bergdorf’s is just down the block from your office. Even a bad day can trigger the credit card-swiping monster in you. However, there are many ways to avoid shopping and still remain happy and stylish.
Shopping as Therapy
According to an article by CBS News, a shopping high can be compared to a runner’s high. Our bodies release the natural chemical dopamine, making for an enjoyable and memorable experience. On the simpler side of things, when we see or buy something that we think is pretty or that looks fantastic on us, it makes us feel good.
With the availability of online shopping, it’s even easier to get that shopping high—so it’s really important to find other ways to be happy without breaking the bank. You could actually try running, or some sort of exercise to get that rush; if you’re not the athletic type, there are other options!
Re-Vamp with DIY
One of the quickest ways to get something “new” is to do it yourself! If you’re feeling crafty, re-create a current trend with something already in your wardrobe. Shop your closet for pieces you never wear anymore, and get to work! Here are some fun, easy tutorials you can do with pieces from your own closet.
Host a Clothing Swap
If your friends share your hunger for shopping, get together with them and have a clothing swap. Tell everyone to bring about 10 pieces that they don’t want or don’t know how to wear, spread them out, and let everyone pick new pieces. Whether you decide to play for keeps or plan to swap back after a month, this is a free and fun way to get new items in your closet and even inspire others!
Another way to keep yourself from splurging on smaller, cheaper items is to find one piece that you really love and can save up for. Pick something classic and timeless that is still totally you—this way, you can ensure it will be worth the wait and price. My recommendations: really nice basics. A beautifully tailored blazer, a versatile LBD, or fab pair of pumps by your favorite shoe designer are great choices.
When CAN I Shop?
With anything, it’s important to find a balance. You don’t have to completely stop shopping, and you shouldn’t. If you just donated a whole bunch of clothes to Goodwill and are now lacking basic essentials, allow yourself to buy some new ones! If your friends want to go shopping, it’s okay to go with them—you can stay in control. Chictopians recommend considering several questions before purchasing an item:
Do I need this?
How many times will I wear it?
Is it made of quality materials?
Does it flatter my body?
Could I better spend the money on something else?
If you answer “no” to any of these questions, your choice should be obvious: don’t buy it!
Read more about how to control your shopping appetite in the forum.
by Heather (headbandit)
image via Harper’s Bazaar, September 2009
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