PANIC BUYING: WHY WE NEED TO CHILL

Sunday, 12 January 2020


[Dress & coat gifted to me by Blue Vanilla Curve]

"Oh my goodness look at those shoes"
*buys the shoes*
*loves the shoes*
"These shoes are amazing. What if they sell out? What if they don't restock???"
*buys two more pairs of the shoes, just in case*

Does this sound familiar to you? Well, it does to me. I am your classic panic buyer... I buy something, I love it and then I *need* another thirty pairs. Sometimes though, I really wish I could just chill.

Probably partly due to my anxiety, partly due to my love of clothing and partly due to my obsession with shopping – I always feel the need to "stock up" on certain items. Although not silly or excessive, it can sometimes feel "a bit much". Sometimes I wish I didn't have these urges and impulses to "stock up, just in case". Sometimes I wish I wasn't a "just in case" kind of person.


I think in this way because I am a natural worrier. But this year I'm trying harder to just 'let things be'. Instead of buying two pairs of the same item "just in case" – I'm only going to buy what I need. Because 1) it's better for the environment, 2) it's better for my bank balance, and 3) it's better for the space in my closet! 

I've almost always had the mindset of "stocking up" and buying more than I need. Although it's not the best trait to have, there are a few upsides too. For example, if M&S are having a sale and my favourite bralette is on sale, it's stupid not to buy a couple of them. But if they're full price and I need just one, I will only buy one (and then wait for the others to be in the next sale).

When buying something (that I want to buy more than one of) I'll ask myself whether I need  it or not. These are some of the questions I will ask myself before buying five pairs of the same yoga pants or three pairs of the same black pumps..

  • "Do I need this item?" 
  • "What purpose is it for?" 
  • "Will I use it?" 
  • "Will it harm my bank balance?"
  • "Will it be on sale in the near future?"
  • "Will it be 'on trend' this time next year?"
  • "Will I regret buying this?"
  • "Am I only buying this because of fear?"
My answer to each of these questions will determine what my next step will be. If I come to the conclusion that I don't need it (for whatever reason from the above list), then I will not be buying it – because it will simply be a waste. 

Buy it because you love it. But don't buy the other two of the same because chances are, you don't actually need them!

At the end of the day, most of us are guilty of panic buying. But by thinking it through properly before swiping your card, you could put a stop to unnecessary spending – something I am sure we could all do with!



Steal Mollie's Style

I'm wearing Blue Vanilla's NYLAH Curve Floral Ruched Tea Dress and MADISON Curve Leopard Faux Fur Coat. Each of the garments are so flattering and versatile. Although you wouldn't initially put these two prints or garments together, they actually work extremely well teamed together to create this look. Each of the garments are made to the highest of quality – I will definitely be wearing these garments again and again – they're very on-trend while having a very vintage feel to them, especially when paired with vintage-style accessories, something that I really love!


Do you panic buy? Do you need to chill? Let me know in the comments!


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