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Undershoppers and Overshoppers Shopping Tips

Almost all my clients fall into one of two categories: overshoppers and undershoppers. That's not to say that everyone falls into these categories, it just seems that folks looking for help with their style end up having a hard time in that department. That pun was on purpose...

The overshoppers end up with closets that are lovely packed with awesome, but not worn items and the undershoppers end up with not enough items to feel like they have something to wear in the areas of their life where they do the most living.

Here are my top 5 tips for tips overshoppers:

  • Clean out your damn closet! You most likely have enough items to mix and match already, you just can't see the forest for the trees.
  • Shop your closet. There's got to be items in there you're not utilizing. Pick out your top ten items you LOVE, but don't wear. Now challenge yourself to incorporate them into your wardrobe!
  • Wait until you have an occasion before you buy something new. No sparkly dresses until you have a sparkly event, no new suits until you have the job (except for one to interview in).
  • The new items must fit ALL of these criteria! fit, color, cut, material, budget, fits your lifestyle, and has a buddy. (Listen to the podcast for more info on these criteria, or better yet get my E-Course and go even more in depth)
  • Buy less, but higher quality. It's better for you wallet long term and better for the planet, love.

Here are my top 5 tips for tips undershoppers:

  • Access your closet. Find the areas of your life that you spend the most time living and make sure you have enough of those items to live in! A handout on accessing your style and closet is in (shocker) my E-Course!
  • Make a shopping list based on your above findings. Put it in your phone if your forgetful. ;)
  • Pick a venue to shop that you are comfortable with in both environment and budget. Going during the week is way less stressful than going during the weekend. True story!
  • Make sure you are fed and watered (and don't have to pee) when you go to the store...for real. We don't need any hunger-fuel meltdowns in the dressing room. They are a giant bummer for all.
  • Make it a special treat! Reframe shopping in your mind. Stop and grab your favorite tea or coffee on the way there, give yourself ample time, and take a fun shopping partner if you're nervous.

Capsule Closets for Beginners

So, loads of people talk about capsule closets, but do you know what they are? It's a way to build a smaller wardrobe, or a bunch of mini wardrobes for different areas of your life. It promotes a faster getting ready time and less spending (and using less resources), but you have to be pretty strict with yourself and it's not for everyone. I, myself, love variety and spicing it up a bit to much. Ha! But maybe it's your jam! There are many great reads on capsule closets, my favorite being The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

The whole point is to get as many pieces that go with each other as possible. We're avoiding those tops that only go with one pair of slacks and those dresses you can only wear with one specific kind of shoe. Versatility is the key! 

Here's my biggest tip, whether you're trying to build a capsule closet or just trying to streamline your oversized beauty of a closet: 80% of your closet should be high quality, neutral basics AND 20% of your closet should be trendier pieces in colors that look great on you and that go with all your neutrals.

Below is an example primary and secondary neutrals (colors that go with everything and colors that go with almost everything):

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Below is an example of two capsule closets, one for someone with a more cool undertone and one for someone with a warmer one.

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Tune in next week to learn how to find the best pops of color for your undertones!