Balancing Buy And Bought

There's a moment. A time when you go shopping with something specific in mind, something that you actually need. You go into the shopping mall, determined to buy only that one thing because, if you are honest with yourself, you have more than enough dresses, jackets, shoes. But when you get home feeling happy that you managed to find what you were looking for, you find that your arms are laden with shopping bags. Oops.

We've all been there. I, for one, find that this happens more often than not, especially when it comes to online shopping. It's just so easy to get swept up in the moment and think one more won't hurt. But then one becomes two, two becomes three and soon your basket has doubled and you don't know how it happened.

So how do you find a balance between your 'To Buy' list and your 'Bought'?

Well one way is to take your inspiration from arguably one of the best fashion films of all time, P. J. Hogan's 'Confessions of a Shopaholic'. Whilst the initial idea of just buy everything using credit cards, not make any repayments then go out of your way to avoid the debt collector may not be the best, by the end the film has provided several essential ideas of how to survive if you live to shop. 

Everyone sees something when they are shopping and immediately wants it. For me, my downfall is makeup. There's so many varieties of the similar products that it can seem justified, but really when you look at it, is it really necessary to have so many different versions of similar lipstick colours? Maybe not.

So what you have to keep in mind is whether you really need it. If it is something you really want then save up and buy it for a special occasion. Especially if you already have something similar. Whilst this is easier said than done, it will definitely help both your wallet and your closet space.

If you can manage this, you might just become a master of self-control as well as maintaining your phenomenal style and fashion taster. It's all about balance.

Published by Bethen Hughes