The Best Rule For Making Smart Wardrobe Purchases

Hey there, friends! This year, one of my professional aims is equip you with more knowledge on how to curate a wardrobe you’re proud of. From what I’ve gathered over the last week, you seem to be drowning in ‘stuff’ that you bought on impulse. These purchases have left you with clothes you don’t know how to style, too many options to where getting dressed is overwhelming, clothes that don’t go with anything in your wardrobe, the list goes on and on. You’ve made it clear that you need some help. I’m going to do my best to curate some content around helping you with some of these issues. Today, I want to share my number one tip for making smart wardrobe purchases. If you cannot think of three ways to wear the item in question, do not make the purchase. The new items you bring into your wardrobe should solve a problem and fill a gap, not cause or create one .

One of the wardrobe gaps that I currently have is nice blouses. While I love wearing casual outfits, almost everyday, I find myself craving a classier and more sophisticated style. The great thing about blouses is that they can be dressed up or down ensuring they will be a versatile and much loved piece in your wardrobe. I love how this one looks with these straight leg jeans I got from Nordstrom and have been wearing like crazy. I think it’d even look really nice with a nice pair of loafer or ballerina flats. You guys know I love this pair, especially being that it made my most worn items of 2019!

If you’re struggling with this gap in your wardrobe, as well, here are a few options from Nordstrom:

Another gap that I had in my wardrobe was straight leg jeans. I’ve been looking for the best, most flattering pair and, for me, I opted for this high-waisted pair. [NOTE: I’m in the ’20 years duplicity’ wash] They hit right at my ankle, which I had a hard time finding, personally. This denim trend is all the rage right now and I think it will be around for awhile because it’s flattering on so many different body types. I recommend buying a wash that you feel your style is the most in line with. If you’re a little trendier, maybe grab a distressed pair. If you’re more of a classic, snag a clean pair like mine. They’re a little pricey so, if you’re wanting to spend less than $100, be sure to check out Levi’s. They always have great quality denim!

I love that I filled two of the gaps with my wardrobe and was able to style them together with two items that I’ve not only had in my wardrobe for awhile but y’all have seen me wear a ton! Not only that but I can easily style these in three ways. Maybe I’ll share those today with you guys on stories! If you’re ever looking for filling the gaps in your wardrobe, be sure to head to Nordstrom. They always have a wide variety of brands, styles, and size options throughout their site. If something doesn’t work out, you can simply return it by mail for free! It’s super simple.

Has this tip helped any of you who may have gotten really carried away with impulse shopping over the last year or so? I know it has definitely helped me and it’s something I’ll be really striving to remember when my London chapter does finally begin. I will NOT have a lot of space to store clothes so I will need to be VERY, VERY picky. Let me know if you have any smart shopping tips in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by! xo.


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  1. Susan George wrote:

    The jeans that you link to are not the same ones you are wearing – hemmed edge versus raw edge. Can you link to the raw edge jeans?

    Published 1.27.20 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Hi Susan. The jeans link is actually correct. I’m wearing the lighter wash and that pair has a raw hem. I thought the dark wash was clearly dark enough to where y’all would gather that but happy to make the distinction within the post so as to not mislead anyone.

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    • Dawn wrote:

      Wow that was a snotty response. She was just asking a question. You should be grateful Susan even gave you a click and a read.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Oh! I didn’t mean it in a snotty way at all! Gosh, I feel bad it was read that way but, after re-reading it, I can understand how it could have been perceived that way. I was just realizing that maybe I should have distinguished the wash and that I misjudged that. That can be the downside to reading text versus hearing someone’s tone because I truly didn’t mean it in a snooty way. I am always incredibly grateful for anyone and everyone who comes here and I do apologize if my response did a poor job of reflecting that. Susan, I truly apologize if you felt I was ungrateful or was rude in my response.

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  2. Natasha wrote:

    Such a great piece of advice! Love the styling suggestions. Blouses are on my list to add to my wardrobe as well!

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  3. MaryAnne Burrows wrote:

    Do you typically shop for your clothes online or go into the stores? Because of were I currently live I have to do a majority of my shopping online and find it difficult to pick tops out, do you have any tips? Do you shop at stores based in the U.K? Have you heard of Next Direct?

    Published 1.28.20 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Hi there! I typically shop online! It’s more convenient for me. xx

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  4. Love this! Thank you for the tips. If you have anymore on this topic please share!

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