You're probably asking yourself right now... how do I shop? What is the difference between shopping with your head vs. your heart? Is one bad and one good? Fashion blogger and Image consultant Nupur, the savvy fashionista behind The Crispy Corner blog, explains how we are material beings and we sometime shop just to shop then our closets are filled with clothes we never wear, and probably won't ever wear, but we keep those items because we have some kind of attachment or fear that one day you might need it. Shopping with your head will keep your closet at bay while shopping with your heart might keep special memories, Nupur breaks down 3 rules she has her clients use when shopping and decluttering their closets.
1. Attachment by memories: We all have an attachment to an item of clothing or accessory even though we may not wear it. Maybe it is a hat that you bought in Paris and whenever you see it, it reminds you of Paris and all the fun time you had there! Whatever the reason that you keep an item Nupur reminds you that you can have these items but don't keep your closet stuffed with clothes/accessories that just bring memories. Here is where you shop with your head but keep your heart in mind. When traveling you might feel the need just to buy new clothes just because you are in visiting a new country or city, don't just buy. Think to yourself do I need this, or will I wear this when I return home. If you have doubts, then save your money for something else special on your trip!
2. Color: Nupur's color rule is basically reminding shoppers to shop what looks good on them. Sometimes trends with bright colors or pastels come in and lets face it not every color looks good on everyone. If you are a shop-aholic sometimes you just cant resist the urge. You saw a bright yellow skirt in the window, your eyes filled with little pink hearts, and from that point on you had to have it. It has happened to all of us, we like it on the rack because we saw someone wearing it and thought, HOT DAMN, so we buy it. We get home, put it on, and it may not look as good as you hoped but the hearts in your eye still have not gone away so you just put it in your closet and then never wear it because eventually the little pink hearts fade from your eyes. Another time when to use your head instead of your heart when shopping!
3. Need: Do you have a shopping angel on one shoulder and a shopping devil on the other. Do they fight on what you need and what you don't need? Admit it, at one point in your shopping carrier you have stood in the dressing room with the most adorable dress on, that you absolutely do not need, and you do a million and one poses, looking at yourself up and down imagining all the cute photos you could post to Instagram wearing this dress, convincing yourself that you HAVE to have it. But there is a voice of reason saying, "this looks AMAZING on me BUT I have a perfect good and cute little black dress at home that I love". Unless your the most practical person ever, you have been there in the dressing room checking yourself out for about 20 minutes debating on whether to buy that dress. Nupur, says that even for her this can be hard! So she has come up with 2 rules for her rule of necessity! First, do you need it in the next 3 months? Second, will the item be staple to your style? If you have time to give it a nights sleep and think about it, Nupur says if you're still thinking about it the next day then maybe you just might really need the dress.
With all this being said, sometime everyone just needs a little retail therapy and spontaneous buys can be some of your best buys. Nupur just suggest on not making a habit of it otherwise your closet will be full and you might never be able to come to terms to get rid of clothes even if you don't end up wearing them.
For more on Nupur's ways to help you shop and declutter or image consulting, visit her blog The Crispy Corner. Happy shopping!