I’ve had a relapse in my shopping for clothes and felt I needed to share my unfortunate indulgence – I’ve been working so hard to curb my spending habits and this was a complete bender. I’ll start off with the justification that I used a lot of vouchers and money from my birthday and leaving gifts from my old job, but I’m afraid the spending exceeded that and I’ve ended up with some gorgeous garms to rock for the new season, with a chunk of money leaving my bank account at the same time.
So what is the definition of a shopaholic? In my opinion it is a person that has no control over what they buy and how much they spend. Being a shopaholic isn’t limited to clothes, but it’s something I’m going to be talking about today as I’m a clothes shopaholic (duh). I’d definitely say I’m a hell of a lot better now than I used to be and wouldn’t knowingly spend more than I could afford (I’ve got a whole post on being a recovering shopaholic from last year that outlines how I do this).
In light of my spending spree, I decided to compile a list of the things you’ll know if you’re a shopaholic like me – because I know I’m not the only one out there and we all need somewhere to share our misgivings.
Finding one item and needing to find something else to go with it
I often find myself rummaging through the racks in shops, finding an absolute gem and needing something else to go along with it. This weekend’s example was a gorgeous jumpsuit (no tag on to know how much it would cost me) that would need a belt to cinch it in at the waist and I didn’t think the ones I already had would go with it – being a shopaholic is a slippery slope and a domino effect can happen when you suddenly decide you need something else.
Going out with the intention of searching for one thing and going home with another
I wanted to get a couple of new skirts to wear this summer and had an idea of what I was after (I’m in love with my leopard print midi that I got from someone on the Vinted app so wanted to find more skirts in that style) but couldn’t quite find what I was after. Rather than calling it a day, I went ahead and bought four tops, two dresses, a pair of jeans, a maxi skirt, a belt, a jumpsuit and a sports bra. I am out of control.
Picking up an item, looking at the price tag and totting up the cost per wear
My sister and I have always done this – I saw a gorgeous mustard coloured dress from Miss Selfridge that was £38 but wasn’t too sure about spending that much on it. First thing George said was “Well, do you think you’ll wear it 38 times? That would work out £1 each time.” – that was the reality check I needed and something I normally ask myself. Don’t take someone that will encourage your primal splurges.
Shoving an item back when the price is way out of your price range
I always have a limit as to what I’ll spend on certain items and anything over £50 tends to be a no go – unless it’s a coat or shoes which I think you need to invest a little bit more in 😉
We shopaholics always have our limit on individual items, although I can’t guarantee the same can be said for the overall shop.
Not wanting to try something on for fear of the sizing not working out and having to shamefully hang it back up again
I’m not a changing room kinda gal, I’d rather take the plunge and see myself looking like a hot mess at home than in the unflattering lights of a changing room. This means I end up spending money on a questionable item, taking it home to find I don’t like the fit and never returning it because it’ll mean I end up spending more money on other things. It’s a vicious cycle.
Buying things you really don’t need because they’re in the sale or on offer
I think this is a classic shopaholic trait – I’m a sucker for a BGOF, a reduction aisle or sale rack. Prime example; I was in Outfit mooching through the sale section when I came across a pair of white Topshop Jamie jeans with floral embroidery on. Did I need them? No I did not. Did I buy them? Yes I did because they were £10, in my size and I couldn’t pass up a bargain like that.
Forgetting what you already have at home
I’m the kind of person that will have a complete blank when I’m out shopping and purchase something I probably already have at home. I’ll buy another white T-shirt (you can never have enough) when there are plenty of others already, I’ll find a cute pair of sandals when I’ve got them coming out of my ears or decide that another pair of jeans will definitely fit in my drawers (they really don’t).
Being unable to find room at home to store all your purchases
Another point to add to this one is being unable to find enough hangers for it all. I’ve got so many pairs of trousers/jeans/joggers/leggings that I have a small pile of them folded up because the drawers won’t physically shut, despite me having had many a clear out I can’t seem to stop buying more or able to throw out the things I have.
Let me know if you’re a shopaholic and whether you think you’ve got anything else to add to my list in the comments below!