How To Shop Like A Minimalist: 10 questions to ask yourself before buying

Almost every woman has purchased an item of clothing on impulse and then gone on to wear it just once or not at all. There are a lot of reasons that pretty blouse or dress may seem like a good purchase and end up becoming something that’s shoved into the back of your closet.

Do you have an inner shopaholic? If not, I envy you. If so, here are ten questions to ask yourself when you’re on the verge of an out-of-control shopping spree.

#1- Do I already own something like this?
First things first: Take a cold, hard look at your closet and see if you already own something that resembles your potential fashionable purchase.


#2- Why am I here in the first place?
Do you actually need something, or are you just looking? And if you’re just looking, what led you there in the first place?

#3- Do I need something else to go with it?
If the answer can’t already be found in your closet, you’re going to need to buy something else to make it work.


#4- Does it actually fit?

Especially when clothes are inexpensive (getting a deal!), it can be really tempting to buy something that doesn’t quite fit. After all, it’s not like you’re going to flag down one of the H&M salespeople and ask them to find that skirt in your size—if it’s not there, it’s not there.


#5- Am I going to wear this more than once?

If it’s not something you’re going to use on the regular, or if you don’t even have an actual real-life plan for the item, you’re just paying for clutter. Calculate the “cost per wear”. It forces you to think practically about your purchase

#6- Is this trend going to last?
Just because an item’s trendy right now doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. If you aren’t going to love that lace crop top in six weeks or six months—let alone six years—it’s probably not worth it.

#7- Can I afford this?
Don’t have the cash? Then it’s not coming home with you. That kind of discipline doesn’t always come easy, but having a healthy bottom line is more important than a fashionably-clad bottom.


#8- Do I actually like this or am I just paying for the name?
As fashion lovers, it’s a given that we like labels. Nothing shameful about that—most designer things are beautiful—but if you’re buying simply for a label and the item isn’t really your taste, well, isn’t that silly?

#9- Is this item to high maintenance?
You know yourself best. When was the last time you went to the dry cleaners? More than a month ago? Skip the silk.


#10 – Is it comfortable?
If a piece f clothing is too tight, too itchy, doesn’t fit right, or in any way makes us doubt ourselves when we put it on, chances are that it will go unworn…no matter how good it might look on us! Don’t ignore discomfort. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t buy it.

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  1. Haha. Oh man. I definitely wouldn’t say I’m a shopaholic, but I had a #1 moment a couple days ago. I just got back from a trip, and as I was unpacking my luggage, I realized that one of the things I bought was very similar to something I already had that I had put away for the winter. Talk about a “SMH” moment.

  2. No doubt I am a shopaholic. I am spending today going though my closets and dressers, organize, clean and purge is the goal of the day!

  3. This is so true! I’m going to try my best to ask myself some of these questions next time I’m shopping to help me stop buying things I don’t actually need…!


  4. Great post. I definitely have an inner shopaholic that I need to tame!

  5. So many of these are so true that it’s sad, haha! I am a shopaholic without a doubt, because I feel like I never have enough clothes to wear. Sometimes I just can’t help myself though because clothes are addictive, am I right?

    I am really loving this blog by the way! So glad I’ve found it! :)

  6. Definitely going to think more about the ‘cost per wear’ as I have a lot of things I’ve bought but only worn once!

  7. I’m so the type of person you actually buys for a one time outfit ! Love the post! I am definitely going to change my habits :)

  8. I’m such a shopaholic I think it’s actually a psychological addiction. This article helped me a lot though especially with cleaning out my closet today!

  9. I just found CGD and I’m definitely coming back for more. This is a great article! I’m working on a similar piece on my blog,, on how to build a focused wardrobe. Your point about keeping your bottom line healthy really struck home. Thanks for the perspective!

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