I have to admit, I’m somewhat of an impulse shopper when it comes to clothing. Maybe it’s the fact I run a fashion blog, or that I have a love affair for clothes, either way, it’s hard for me to say no sometimes. That being said, I do ask myself these simple 5 questions when I’m debating on a new purchase. Do I have something similar to it, how often will you wear it, does it flatter my body type, is the price reasonable and finally, do you love it.

How often do you come home with a similar item that you already have in your closet? We have to be careful about not repurchasing the same pieces of clothing over and over again. This will help ensure you don’t end up with 5 LBD’s, 3 white blouses and 5 black skinny jeans in your wardrobe. It’s an extremely important question to ask before considering a purchase and probably the number one rule you should remember when shopping.

After you decide you have nothing like it in your closet, the next question is… how often will you actually wear it? Sometimes we’re drawn to that sparkly number we know we’ll only wear once or twice, that pretty new dress that after someone sees us in we’ll never wear again, or that super trendy piece that will quickly be out of style. Try and ask yourself if you’ll get your money’s worth out of it and is it a versatile piece that you’ll continue to wear. If it’s something that you can see easily work into your current wardrobe, without having to go out and purchase other pieces to compliment it, or that you can effortlessly mix and match with other items, this might be a good indication that it’s a wise purchase….

This is an excerpt from the article 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Clothes which originally appeared on http://www.canadianfashionista.net/.