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when to spend more money on clothes
August 21st, 2013     |    StyleWardrobe

Today, I want to share a branding concept that I have applied to clothing purchases, in order to know when to spend more money.

Also, please don’t be frightened by the really intense straight hair. I got a keratin treatment for my frizzy hair and I have to wear it stick-straight for three days. (During these three days every season Mr. Lively likes to joke that he gets to see his ‘other’ wife, Jessica.)

Thanks, Rachel, for the inspiration!

  • I love the videos, but I hate that I can’t watch them at work. I often flip through my reader on my breaks, and forget to come back to your website later in the day… I feel like I’m missing out on so much! Maybe it’s a silly question, but do you know it there are any programs out there that transcribe audio into text?

  • Hi Jen, I’m sorry you can’t watch them! I’ve gotten such great feedback on them that I have been excited to continue to do more. I’m also not familiar with audio transcribers… but I could recommend maybe starring them or putting them on a reminder somewhere, maybe? I hope this helps!

  • Carlee Barackman

    I love that someone else thinks about shopping with such thought and intention (to use your keyword) and I’m glad to see that one can be successful when putting these thoughts in shopping! Always love your posts!

  • Meghan

    This was great for me to hear today! Love the strategy–applying it to my closet for future purchases as well as “pruning”–Thanks!

  • You are most welcome! “Ice cubes,” be gone!

  • Very much so! If you are interested, I did a wardrobe makeunder a few seasons back that helped me get used to applying an intentional process to my clothing purchases each season.

    http://jesslively.com/makeunder-my-wardrobe-step-four/

    Also, not sure if you saw my Keys to An Intentional Wardrobe series, but that has some other ideas, too!

    http://jesslively.com/keys-to-an-intentional-wardrobe-part-three/

  • Kirsten

    I have to agree! Maybe there could be a transcript available? 🙂

  • Maybe some day… for now, I’m just kinda getting used to the videos in general. I’m also afraid – since I talk SO fast – that the transcription wouldn’t be very good. I stumble a little bit over spots and I worry quality wouldn’t be worthwhile.

  • Ash

    Hi Jen, I was having the same problem. Luckily Jess’ video’s are on YouTube so if you open the video in YouTube and sign into your account you can add them to a “Watch Later” list by clicking the “Add To” button on the right under the video. A few more extra steps but worth it in my opinion. I commute so I usually press play once on I’m the road to distract from traffic! 🙂

  • That’s a great idea, Ash! Kristen, maybe that could work for you, too. : )

  • Carlee Barackman

    I actually did see those. It’s what inspired me to go through and get rid a bunch from my wardrobe. I’m trying so hard to get a 40 hanger closet!

  • Nice! Best of luck with that, I hope you get there!

  • Hehehehe so glad I could inspire this! 🙂

  • : ) Thank you!

  • This is absolutely the way I think when I’m shopping. When you know you’ll wear a piece frequently and that it’ll become a cornerstone to your wardrobe, it’s worth it to pay more for better quality and fit. Then it’ll last longer and look better. You’ll end up buying fewer replacements in the long run.

  • Amen!

  • Lust Creative

    Fantastic advice Jess! I’ve just recently been thinking about this too, but also applying it to my entire life/possessions. Love the concept too – I will forever be thinking “protein powder or ice cube” when I’m accessing something!
    Ashleigh xxoo

  • : ) That’s great to hear! I’m glad you now have a handy phrase to use!

  • I love this concept, Jess! I’ve been a “quality over quantity” buyer for years for my wardrobe, but I like the analogy of beefing up vs. diluting.

  • Cassie

    May I ask which pair of JCrew jeans it is that you love? Thanks!

  • I can honestly say I’m an ice cube shopper lol but have slowly been building on adding more punch to my wardrobe. Now just to get rid of the unnecessary…

  • Shay_TheFailtehouse

    Great advice Jess! I don’t think I will look at protein powder, ice cubs or my wardrobe the same anymore! And just the lesson I needed to hear about investing in what you need/what matters. xo 🙂

  • Nice! What pieces do you find are most worth the extra cash?

  • They are the toothpick – they have the perfect ankle length for me (5’4″) and I just love how the butt is made- perfect pocket size, etc. I have tried the denim at J.Crew Factory which are similar, but I think the thinner, darker rinse of the classic J.Crew toothpich ($125) are well worth the extra cash. I wear them until they are threadbare and then replace. : )

  • Yes! Exfoliate! The quickest way to have a nicer wardrobe is to get rid of all the items that are diluting the collection as a whole. You might wear more things all the time, but most people generally only wear about 20-30% of what they have anyways.

  • Lol! Yes, you are going to be a Jamba Juice thinking about your blouses, and in your closet you’ll be thinking about strawberry banana smoothies.

  • Chelle {Everyday Polish}

    I love this! I’m currently revamping my wardrobe for the fall and seeking to be more intentional as well so this really helps me rethink some of the purchases I want to make.

  • That’s great to hear! If you haven’t seen my other posts about this topic, you might want to click the links on my comment below on Carlee B.’s comment. : )

  • Judith, The Smitten Collection

    Eureka! This video is awesome! I work from home, and although I dress every day (never stay in my p.j’s) I find that I bargain shop every aspect of my wardrobe…from a nice dress to a pair of jeans (which I wear often). You made a valid point about men paying twice as much as women spend on cloth. Just this past week my husband bought two new suits. Although he uses them everyday for work, I would have felt tremendously guilty spending $$$ on a trip to the mall. Thanks for setting a healthy shopping mind frame in me.

    I’m going shopping!

  • Nice! It is liberating, isn’t it? When you allow yourself to spend more, on less?

  • Anything that I’ll wear at least once a week for more than one season! A great bag and well made shoes makes a trendy (less expensive) dress look more high end, or makes basic jeans and a tee into a real outfit. I tend to spend on those, since I won’t outgrow them, or very tailored things like jackets where a great fit is key.

  • I can’t get enough of these videos! That’s such a great analogy, and I’m definitely going to use it when shopping…and when thinking about my business.

  • Nice! I feel the same about those things, too! Most recent on my ‘nice’ list is higher end shoes. Mr. Lively had to help me start to upgrade in that category since I wear flats all the time. I’m so glad I did!

  • Thank you, Sage! (You can keep saying that after every video. I appreciate it. ; ) ) Haha.

    I am glad you like the analogy – totally works for both areas! … and pretty much everything else, too!

  • I actually spend a lot of time on youtube in the evenings, so perhaps I should just subscribe to your channel, eh Jess? 😉 problem solved.

  • Awesome!! For some reason I’m still under JessConstable because it won’t let me update my username to JessLively. : )

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