If shopping isn’t your thing, figuring out what to buy that aligns with the “fewer, finer” principles can be overwhelming. Stores are busting at the seams with different styles, fabrics and designers, making it hard to know what to pick up or what to pass on.
First, do your research. Know which traditional brick and mortar stores carry sustainable and quality items, and expand your shopping experience virtually. Although it can be tough to purchase online without trying items on, it will be a better option once you get to know brands and how they fit you. The trial and error dance with purchasing and returning, will eventually turn into successes and power in knowing what brands work best for your body type and personal style.
Ready to get started? Here are some guidelines. These are the items you should avoid if you want to transition to a fewer, finer closet.
1. “On Trend” Items
This will be one of the toughest rules to follow. Every where you turn you’re going to see items that match current trends. Put your blinders on and focus on classic shapes and colors. If you’re itching for a more trendy item to invest in, choose wisely. Look for pieces that have staying power and are made with quality materials. Think a bold stripe or a subtle bell sleeve.
2. Cheap, Synthetic Fabrics
What makes items made of poor materials so appealing is the price point. If you’re not used to purchasing items that are sustainable and made with care, it will be a challenge to change your mindset. You want to look for quality over quantity. The price point may hurt at first, but know you are investing in items that will withstand the test of time, not just one season. Pieces made of cotton, silk, and wool should be your go-to’s.
3. Poor-Fitting Items
Most of us justify purchasing an item that may not fit perfectly because it’s on sale, or you think you’ll fit into it one day. The thrill of getting a good deal will fade, leaving you with an ill-fitting item in your closet that you wear once and forget about. A bad fit isn’t worth it. Invest in pieces that fit like a glove and make you feel confident! Remember, just because it’s sustainable doesn’t mean it’s a good choice for you. Take time getting to know what shapes fit you best, then stick with them when adding new pieces to your wardrobe.
4. Crazy Patterns or Large Logos
What makes these items off-limits is their attention-grabbing nature. Part of “fewer, finer” means being able to mix and match with ease. Having a large brand logo is memorable and hard to hide, taking away from the simple and classic status of your wardrobe. If you love patterns, that’s okay! Work it in by choosing patterns that are not too loud such as a polka dot, stripe, or leopard print.
Have any tips you use when building your “fewer, finer” wardrobe? Let us know! We are all ears when it comes to fashion advice. The more you have, the better! #fashionfriday #fewerfiner