3.15.2011

Is Being a Perfectionist Harmful to Your Wallet?


If you’re one who likes to shop, perhaps you’ve been involved in “The Hunt”


Basically, “The Hunt” is a long and dragged out hunt for THE ONE. I think this is what essentially led me to spend an insurmountable amount on pretty clothes, shoes and bags in the past. I’m such a perfectionist that I have to have what I am envisioning. I’m all about details, material, fit and color. When I shop I have a little perfectionist inside my head telling me what to look for. When it all plays out, I usually settle for simple pieces because I can’t find what I’m looking for. Other times, I end up spending much more than I had intended because I couldn’t find anything cheaper that fit my criteria. I’ve gone on long and windy journeys looking for the perfect piece. With my Balenciaga bag, it took forever to find the perfect leather that I wanted in the right shade of black. When I want to find heels with the right straps, platform, leather, color, heel thickness and heel height, I can never find it for a cheap price. If I had any creative talent for sewing or designing (or any artistic capabilities for that matter), I would probably create the stuff I’d wear and it would be a hell of a lot cheaper. Alas, I don’t have the means to make stuff or the money to hire someone to make stuff for me so I will have to figure out how to stop being such a perfectionist when I shop. 

As I grow more mature, I sort of miss how easy it was to shop in high school because going to Abercrombie and picking clothes was easy. Now that I know what fits and flatters my body type and lifestyle, I’m always looking for specific criteria in the things I shop for. In a way, the fact that I am just a general overthinker contributes to my perfectionist ways. I will think long and hard before I make a purchase and then I will think that I need to spend money on something I absolutely love, otherwise there’s no point in buying it. Sometimes I think “The Hunt” actually gets you to succumb into NEEDING that certain item. When you can’t find this wonderful product that you’ve made up in your head, it makes you want it that much more. When products are unavailable or are too expensive and exclusive, I tend to think that I need them too. I can spend hours on Shopstyle, eBay, Endless, Asos, Piperlime and a plethora of other online shops browsing for items that fit my specific guidelines.

What I’m leading up to is perfectionism. I am a big one when it comes to shopping and I think that plays a large part in my spending habits. I have toned it down quite a bit since starting this blog but since I always like to figure out the real reason behind things, I’ve narrowed down the reason for hefty spending to my perfectionism. 

Readers – Are you a perfectionist in terms of shopping? How so? Could you provide any tips on how I could play my perfectionist shopping tendencies down?

4 comments:

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I think there are two ways to save money on shopping, despite your perfectionism:

1) Only buy things you really, really, REALLY love. I used to buy clothes that were "good enough" and a nice price. Now I hold out for clothes are are jaw-dropping, I-can't-stop-thinking-about-it amazing.

2) Focus on crafting your body through diet and exercise, rather than highlighting it with clothes. Ever notice how women with amazing bodies could look good in anything, even a burlap sack or a hospital gown?

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I was on the hunt for the perfect summer dress last summer.

I went shopping 6 different occasions, and nothing fit all my criteria. I ended up just buying a dress that I liked instead of trying to find the perfect one, cuz I probably would not be able to find one until the end of the season... or next year, and I really wanted to wear it that same summer.

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