When you’re shopping for new additions to your wardrobe – especially with a change in season it’s easy to buy new items and get them home and be dissatisfied. Here are four of my tips that I swear by when buying new clothes.


I have been cleaning out my wardrobe the past couple of days and it has been such a laborious task. I’ve needed to do it for a while now, and this week was breaking point. I basically did it because I needed mental clarity.

An overwhelming/ overflowing floordrobe is not ideal.

I have listed a few sneakers and heels on Ebay and I will be hopefully listing some clothes in the coming days. I also would love to do a market soon. Check it out if you need some great pieces.

While cleaning out my wardrobe it got me thinking about what my favourite pieces are at the moment. This little romper I picked up from Revolve Clothing just before Fashion Week  definitely makes the cut. I love pieces that are no fuss and are a statement on their own. The light weight fabric and the ruffled detailing is second to none. And y’all know how I feel about white, don’t cha?

While making rather large piles of unwanted clothes I began to think about how I can make smarter decision when buying clothes. See, sometimes I buy on impulse and sometimes I buy things even when I’m not 100% sure on them. It really does go to show that you should really listen to your instincts.

I hate being wasteful, so I wrote down some tips for you in case you’re in the same boat as me.



Sometimes there are bargains, just too good to ignore. It’s like when you’re a kid and you have $5 and you just neeeed to spend it. Only now we’re “adults”.

As a kid spending $5 on lollies may satisfy you for that afternoon, but once you realise that money is now gone and the lollies eaten, you’ll be sad again. As an adult, we reward ourselves with buying clothes or other items, and sales are an amazing way to be able to buy more things, the only thing is, we’re quite often left dissatisfied with out choices.

My advice is to make a list and remain headstrong with the purchases you make. Don’t just spend money because it’s there.


I remember when I bought a pair of Sass & Bide cream jeans – yikes. I kept thinking “Oh I have to have them, they’re Sass & Bide“. I was so caught up with owning the label, that I lost sight of how the jeans actually made me feel. The fit wasn’t perfect, but I talked myself into thinking they were the gift of all jeans for some stupid reason.

My advice: If you are unsure in the store or online, leave it!



I don’t think price is always an indicator of quality. Sometimes you will be paying for the label. High quality fabrics, like wool, silk cashmere, do tend to be pricier, but pricey clothes don’t automatically indicate quality. It’s important to buy good quality fabric to make sure the clothes last more than a couple of wears. This is where you can look at sales! Make a list of items and the best natural fabrics in those items. Also if you’re after a lower price point in items, make sure you check the fabric first.

My advice: Learn to feel for high quality fabrics and make sure you check the label for what materials have been used for items you love. This will make sure you’re paying for quality not branding.


We all know that dressing for your body shape is so important, right? Sometimes though we try and test boundaries and still buy the items we know does not suit us. For me that’s either pencil skirts or shift dresses. Pencil skirts make my hips and waist look weird and straight-cut shift dresses make my figure look too straight up and down. I however still have both things in my wardrobe – well I did until I bundled them up for The Red Cross a few days ago.

My advice: Learn the type of cuts and shapes that make you feel incredible and stock up on them.



ROMPER: Malia Romper by Lovers + Friends

HEELS: Harper Heelby Raye x For Love & Lemons 


NECKLACE: Samantha Wills

Revolve Clothing are having a sale at the moment – starting today, 24th May, ending the 26th May. I am lusting after some pieces from Tularosa. There are so many amazing lace pieces!



Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

6 thoughts on “4 Things To Remember When Buying New Clothes”

  1. Oh girl, I’ve had a floor-drobe clear out on the list for MONTHS now. I really just need to do it. It hurts my head, haha. I actually think it’s going to be easy to choose the pieces I want to keep. In fact, I think I’ll end up selling/donating a good 50% of my wardrobe, maybe more!

    These are some really great tips, Ally. I’ve definitely got better at only buying pieces I’ll wear time and time again, but boy-oh-boy have I made some wicked mistakes (a colourful Sass & Bide top I only wore once comes to mind – yikes). A bag I’ve been eyeing off just went on sale actually, but I’ve decided to safe my dollars and invest it in more exciting things like my mortgage. Yay. 😛


    1. Too many clothes is seriously stressing me out. I used to love having heaps, but now I am loving simplistic outfits. I still have a ways to go, but I am getting there!


  2. sooooo true, I think I agree what you saying, maybe that s why I never bought a piece of Sass & Bide, I love their clothes, but my second thought works better, always.
    Love your necklace

  3. Hi Ally, I will be moving to Melbourne early next year around February to take a 1 year uni course. Since I will be coming from tropical country (Philippines), I would like to ask for your suggestions on what clothes to bring. Thanks so much!

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