The benefits of a wardrobe wish list

When I decided to take a trip to Dillard’s recently, it wasn’t with the intention of picking up a new pair of shoes. In fact, I was there to buy a new LBD (you can never have too many, in my opinion).

As it turns out, my patience paid off because I found THE perfect pair of all white booties – an item I had put on my wardrobe “wish list” about six months ago.

I know.  You’re probably wondering, what the heck is a wardrobe wish list? Well, let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I did a seasonal purge of my dresser drawers to make room for some new summer clothes. It’s not as intense as a full-blown closet cleanse. I just needed to clear out some much needed drawer space.

Regardless of how many of these mini purges I do throughout the year, I always seem to find a few items that I didn’t even remember I had. Those are typically the pieces that I feel no longer serve me. Instead of hanging onto them for sentimental reasons or being lazy by throwing them away, I call one of my favorite charities and arrange a pickup.

As I conduct my purge, I take notes of what I’m giving to charity, what I have left and items I potentially need. I think it was last fall when I spotted a pair of white booties in a Pinterest photo. I immediately thought about how well they would pair with a couple of dresses and a pair of cigarette pants I already owned.

That’s when I added “all white booties” to my wardrobe wish list. It’s simply a running tally of the clothing items I don’t need necessarily, but I wished I had.  There’s no real or imagined deadline to have these items. It’s mostly an “If I happen to see them …” kind of thing.

I even have my wardrobe wish list stored on my phone.

It’s my way to stay on track while I’m out shopping. I think so many of us suffer from closet confusion because we have too much to choose from. My list helps ensure that I don’t buy impulsively because I like what I see.

I’m so happy with my new booties! And, the best part? I got a 10% discount because they were the last pair and were being used as the display shoes. Can you say, #winning?!

Shopping Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for a price break. Because these shoes were on the display and had been tried on by customers, they technically weren’t “new” anymore. I asked for a discount and received one with no issues.

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