In every workshop, when I ask the question: ‘Who here budgets for their clothes?’ the response is always the same. Occasionally one person will raise their hand – and on the rarest of occasions, two people will say that they keep track of what they spend on their clothes, but the vast majority of women have not the vaguest idea of a budget for clothes!
Where does your money go?
Most people usually have budgets for their accommodation, food, transportation, education, medical expenses etc. – but, in my experience, it’s rare to meet people who budget for their clothes. Expenditure on clothes seems to be an embarrassing secret that they’d rather not know about, let alone admit to anyone else.
Get your clothes into perspective
If you have the right clothes for your unique personality, particular lifestyle and individual proportions, they become a means to an end and not just an end in themselves. They become much more than following superficial fashion trends because they allow you to express your true self. They help you to attract the right people and the right opportunities and they very effectively enable you to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
But you have to do this consciously
If you keep buying more and more clothes that don’t suit you or fit you, you’re wasting time and money, as well as cluttering up your life. If you continue to try and follow the transient and fickle dictates of fashion fads, you’re focusing your energy in the wrong area.
Have fewer clothes but wear them all
When you know who you are and what you’re working to achieve in your life, your clothes become a vital and significant part of this.
When you have a personal style that’s authentic, natural and comfortable, one that suits your personality, your lifestyle and the design features of your particular body, you’ll find shopping a whole lot easier. Instead of buying more stuff that you don’t wear, you’ll have fewer clothes but all of them will make you look and feel your best.
A clear budget will keep you on track
It’s extremely empowering to know your financial situation. The confidence and peace of mind that come from taking control of your money won’t make you feel restricted, but will rather increase your self-respect, security and self-esteem. It feels good to treat your material means with respect, rather than letting your money slip through your fingers.
Be aware of how much money comes into your account each month and be aware of where you need to spend this money. Keep a record of everything you spend so that you have a clear picture of what’s available for your clothes budget.
What a relief!
When you’re not spending carelessly, every area of your life will be positively affected.
No longer will you get a sinking feeling when you open your wardrobe and see all the clothes that you never wear, all the clothes that still have their tags on and all the stuff that’s still in bags, crowding your space and weighing you down.
You will have clothes that you love and that carry you through your life so that you can be and do all that you want to do – this is a priceless feeling!