My best friend was at Marks Work Wearhouse today to pick up clothes for a coworker and said to me "I can't believe it, I even found stuff I like in there! But I'm pretty sure I could find something I like in any store."
That's the other side of the scale.
A lot of people complain that they can't find anything to wear and struggle every time they set out into a crowded mall to find a new outfit. And then there are the people who I like to call "Happy Purchasers" that simply chase the high of purchasing a new item. Most often it really isn't the perfect item for them but in that moment it is The piece that will define them as an individual from this day forward. Or, in reality, until they head out shopping the very next day and find another soul defining piece to add to their overflowing closet.
I would classify myself as a Happy Purchaser if I had to choose one. I love the thrill of finding a new item to add to my wardrobe, and even better if it is on SALE!! But as I have learned, and now teach, this is not the best way to go about building ones wardrobe. You need to find a happy medium.
Most people never take the time to step back and take a look at their shopping behaviours. In most cases it doesn't take long to notice buying trends. You may have a keen eye for black sweaters, for example. But without realizing it, you have somehow managed to collect over 20 black sweaters. All very similar. And if you don't take the time to notice these patterns, the next time you go into a store, you will likely head straight over to the first black sweater you see.
The key is finding balance. Take the time to notice what you are drawn to and why. What are the pieces within your wardrobe that you wear most often? Is it the color? Type of material? The way it fits? How do you feel when you are wearing it? These simple questions will help you identify your shopping habits and hopefully make you more conscientious the next time you enter a clothing store.