7 Ways To Resist The Urge To Shop When You Have a Closet Full of Clothes But Nothing to Wear

January 28, 2015  |  

So last week as I was on the last days of my $20 Cash Crash Diet, I went into Dresses for Less. I had absolutely no business going there, but there I was nonetheless. Outside of thrift stores, that is my spot for finding cute, new dresses at next to nothing.

I got a $3 Walter Baker dress (originally $168). I love telling that story, by the way. I found it in the corner of the store on the$3 rack.

Well, within a few minutes I had about eight dresses in my hand and justified the purchases by saying, “I’m growing the Frugal Feminista and I am visualizing myself bringing in new speaking engagements and these purchases will help me attract new speaking engagements. This is an investment.” Bullsh*t.

Long story short, I heard my husband’s voice say, “Girl, get out of the damn store. We saving for a down payment.” On that note, I left all of the dresses there and walked out (surprisingly) with all of my money and dignity.

I know you can relate to the constant war of wants vs. needs when it comes to shopping which is often predicated on the oxymoron “ a closet of clothes but nothing to wear.” If you find yourself having this issue, here are a few tips to refocus your finances and your nervous energy.

-Look at your savings account or your credit card balance: When I was on the line to buy eight dresses that I didn’t need, it did dawn on my that these purchases which would total $180 (not bad for dresses, but clearly not the point of this post). That’s $180 that would not be going toward my savings accounts or toward paying down a recent payment I had to make for the Frugal Feminista. When you look at your accounts, it can help you remember your why.

-Freeze your credit cards: If you can’t get to your credit cards, then you can’t use them. This strategy is similar to the 48-hour wait rule. If you mull over a purchase for 48-hours and still want to buy, then go for it.

-Check Pinterest: Sometimes when you think you have nothing to wear, it’s because of a lack of ideas, not a lack of clothes. Looking through Pinterest for ideas on how to mix and match what you have will give you new outfit ideas without you having to buy anything new.

-Check Your Dirty Clothes Hamper: Sometimes you think you have nothing to wear because most of your favorite clothes are dirty and what’s left in your closets are your least favorite items. When you do laundry, you instantly increase your sartorial choices.

-Prune the closet: Maybe the overabundance of clothes is making you indecisive. I have heard fashion experts talk about your style uniform. Do you have one? Even though I wouldn’t consider myself a fashionista, I know, for sure, that I love pencil skirts, collared shirts, and a bangle. In addition to that, I have noticed that I like bright colored pants and flowy tops. The more of these things that I have in my closet and the less that I have items that don’t fit this description, the more options I feel that I have.

-Get a second opinion: Bring your stylish friend(s) over and let her go through your closets with her fashion police lens. She will be able to make combinations for you that you would have never seen.

-Do a swap: Over the Christmas break, I suggested this ideas to a group of friends. It was a success. Each brought three cute items that they no longer wore and everyone left with “new” stuff without the side effects of credit card debt.


Connect with Kara @frugalfeminista. Learn more about The Frugal Feminista at www.thefrugalfeminista.com Download her free ebook The 5-Day Financial Reset Plan: Eliminate Debt, Know Your Worth, and Heal Your Relationship with Money in Just 5 Days. Join Kara’s closed $20 Cash Crash Diet Facebook Group to get some sistergirl support and accountability for reaching your savings goals.  

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