Post # 1
I’m curious as to what might be considered “normal,” though I know that everyone is in a completely different situation, so this is probably a useless question anyway. I currently have been trying my best to save money, limiting my shopping extensively. However, especially when the seasons change, I get a huge itch to go shopping for additions to my wardrobe. I unfortunately loove shopping and trying to be relatively stylish, so I find myself online window shopping way too much. The last article of clothing I bought was a trenchcoat from Gap a couple of months ago, because it was on sale for like $30, and I’m too poor to resist a deal like that. lol But now I’m dying for a new sweater and a pair of booties. I’m in the post-undergrad phase of starting to actually try to dress like an adult, so I can occasionally convince myself that I “need” to go shopping, but I struggle to justify buying a sweater over saving that money for something down the line (I’m also in the phase of panic-saving, where I stress majorly about needing money for some emergency and not having it because of some stupid pair of boots I wanted). I’m not asking for justification to go blow a wad of cash or anything, I’m just hoping to get a sense of what is relatively typical.
Post # 2
Oh jeez, hardly ever! I wear some things still that I had in high school. I buy workout stuff as I need it because they get gross quickly, but regular clothes? Nah I’ve got better things to spend money on.
Post # 3
Weekly, but always online. I never go to stores anymore. Even took advantage of the awesome sale at NY&Co to buy some new work pants today on my lunch break
Although to give my wallet credit, I rarely spend full price and I love ThredUp.
Post # 4
I’ll buy only an item here and there but throughout the year I probably buy a pair of shoes, pair of pants,a sweater, a couple tops, and every couple years I replace my bras and undies. My style hasn’t changed much at all in the past 8 years so most of what I buy is replacing an item that I’ve worn out.
I do tend to buy quality over quantity, but never pay full price (well…except for basics maybe). I browse sights like Ruelala, Gilt, and online sale sections of favorite shops every few days but rarely actually buy until I see a *perfect* item at a great deal. My wardrobe is getting a bit ratty though so am bracing myself that within the next year I’ll probably have to do a more complete spree where I bring my wardrobe back up to “standard”.
Post # 5
I am buying clothes weekly at this point. I have a ton of clothes but when I turned 31 I feel uncomfortable in my clothes from my mid-late 20s. I feel like I have matured and those clothes just dont feel right anymore. When I wear most of them I feel like I am trying too hard to be young and trendy. They may be a bit too short, revelaing, sheer, or just plain old teen-wear. So I purged everything I would never wear again, and am working on building a wordrobe that is more representative of me now.
Now my strategy is to buy a few staples and then shop for accessories and pop items.
A few years after graduating I did a financial make-over and part of it was a shopping freeze. I had a $40/month clothing allowance. That was very difficult for me since Retail Therapy was a stress reliever for me. But at the end of the year I had saved up a considerable amount of money and My most troublesome habbits like shopping splurges have yet to return.
Post # 6
When I have something I consider to be an event, I’ll buy something new. It’s not always an expensive item, though.
For example, I spend a couple hundred ($400+) on a Christmas party dress every year. Next weekend we’re going out for dinner for my DH’s birthday so I’ll buy something new. My next “event” won’t be until my BFF’s birthday early December.
I buy as needed. I don’t get an “itch”
Post # 7
Does online shopping count? If so, weekly, if not almost daily. I’m just always “stalking” items that catch my eye to see if I can catch them on a sale. I only put in a order maybe 2-3 times a month though.. .and then many times I end up not liking it and returning it anyways.
Post # 8
If online shopping counts, almost daily for me!
Post # 9
I am bordering on being a shopaholic. I love buying clothes and shoes. And I buy it rather often (several items a month), but I tend to go for quality over quantity, so I spend time looking for good deals. Sometimes, while out on the hunt, I end up with one or two cheap H&M items on the way, but I try to stop it. I may be buy one expensive dress / suit / top a month, and a couple of cheap things.
Post # 10
I got kind of on an as needed basis. For example, I just noticed I’m short on dress pants, so I’ll go soon for those. I don’t have a regular schedule though.
Post # 11
I dont have a set schedule. I keep an eye out for sales and try to purchase high quality pieces at good prices when they’re available- typically, seasonally. A few weeks ago I dropped $500 on a few new dresses for work and blazers. I had a few important meetings coming up with the same teams, and wanted a few new pieces to wear, as many of my fall formal pieces looked washed out.
Like others have said, quality over quantity. If you find a quality piece, that fits well, at a great price- PICK IT UP! If you just slowly add to your clothes year by year, all of a sudden you’ll have tons of great pieces. Plus- if you buy high quality and take appropriate care, you’ll get years and years out of classic pieces.
Especially coming out of school– look for high quality pieces. Otherwise, you’ll be repurchasing everything in a few years. Its tempting to get a ‘whole new wardrobe’ for $500 at Forever21, but long term you will be happier with higher quality pieces. That being said- I do pick up some basics seasonally at Target almost every year. I find they have some great sundresses in summer, cardigans, tights, some basic sweaters.
Post # 12
I usually fresh my wardrobe a couple times a year. Once in the Springtime and again in Fall. I might buy a couple items throughout the year but truly not often.
Post # 13
Never. I hate clothes and clothes shopping. I spend money on outdoor clothing like jackets and technical layers, and buy my regular jeans and t-shirts at the thrift store. I seriously abhor spending money on clothes.
Post # 14
I usually end up buying clothes about once a month, more if you include sports/activewear pieces. I have only been working full time for about a year so I’m still looking for a few more professional pieces. I mostly shop online and pay attention the the cycle of sales emails from my favorite stores.
Post # 15
No where near enough! I’m in desperate need of new clothes, but I’m so lazy and shopping is such an ordeal for me.