The Functional Shopper
How many of you would consider yourself an functional shopper? The no nonsense buys exactly what you need have no care for trends as long as what you have bought does exactly what you need it to do! Whilst in a consultation with a client they mentioned wishing they could have their three favourite items of clothing replicated into different colours. making them the happiest person alive!
Now this in itself wouldn't be impossible, especially if you get a good seamstress/tailor to do exactly that. But I needed to know why. I mean the thought of going into my wardrobe and finding my favourite dress replicated into different colours and patterns would feel like being in a horror movie, just the thought goes me shivers. But their extremely busy lifestyle meant that deciding on an outfit to wear everyday set them back immensely and they just wanted to throw on something comfortable. Now thats something most of us can relate too at some point or another. I have days when my favourite pale pink hoodie dress over jeans is a dream each and every time. Why? It has a hood, pockets, is long and I don't need a jacket. And... I can throw on my nude heels if I want to jazz it up some with a clutch - problem solved!
But how easy is it to find that it-has-everything-does-everything outfit? Is it good to be a functional person? Is there a way of looking good without the fuss?
How easy is it? Every one has different needs - I swear the day I get married I'm having pockets in my wedding dress - Sometimes it is easy, but most times its the most difficult thing ever.
Solution: Find a really good tailor/seamstress, they can do one of two things: Alter an existing outfit to add mine changes like pockets or adjust the shape/size (within reason) and length. Or create the look you want from scratch, bearing in mind you would have to be prepared to spend on quality, so if your looking to save money you might wanna rethink this option however, you would have a unique style just for you.
Is it good to be functional? I would say it's a 50/50! It really does depend on how flexible you are!
Solution: Functional dressing is good in that it's quick and effortless to dress, however if you team that with somethings trend i.e. colour/pattern/cut it automatically changes you from dowdy to a timelessly dresser.
How to look good without the fuss? Having a good balance when dressing is like eating, if you consume the right amounts the benefits are endless. If you get the right pieces you always look good! To make getting dressed/shopping a more enjoyable or at least tolerable experience try this tip:
Solution: Make a list of the things you like - this will help you when shopping. Take a day to create outfits and take pictures. Stick them onto your Outfit Weekly Planner - This will make your life easier each day as you'll know what to wear and feel comfortable as well as on trend
What type of shopper are you? Take my quiz to find out.
Are you a Functional Shopper?
Does the idea of shopping terrify or delight you?
1 - How do you feel about clothes shopping?
A. Ecstatic! It's my favourite skill!
B. Good! Especially when I know what I want!
C. Hate it! Drag me to hell already!!!
2 - You have just been invited to Hakkasan for your best friends party. You wear...
A. Gucci Grosgrain floral dress from Net-A-Porter
B. Lipsy VIP Black Sequin dress
C. The same comfy LBD you always wear (no one will notice)
3 - Kids are back to school. What's your school run outfit?
A. Burberry trench, red wine corduroy flares, Gianvito Rossi nude ankle boots
B. White tee, 7 for all mankind jeans, Silver Woden Sneakers
C. T-shirt, Leggings, Trainers
4 - How do you fee about Trends?
A. I am THE Trendsetter! I know trends before trends!
B. I can take it or leave it! I like to mix things up but still look good!
C. What's a trend? As long as it covers my body who cares!
5 - How would you consider your style?
A. If it's not High End I'm not interested. I only shop from Net-A-Porter, Harrods, Selfridges or the Village!
B. Laid back chic. All Saints, Reiss, with a bit of Next and Zara is my thing!
C. I wear clothes!
6. What does your other half think of your style?
A. They love my style but not always the price tag!
B. They love my style and the price tag!
C. They don't love my style , it's mostly hand me downs
•Mostly A’s – The shopaholic - With your knowledge of trends you could easily create your own trend forecasting website!
Advice: Take it easy! Try reworking some of what you have already, you’ll be surprised you might set a new trend!
•Mostly B’s – The Inbetweener – You know your labels but in turn love your high street and know how to mix the two to create looks that are timelessly trendy and comfortable.
Advice: Keep it up!
•Mostly C’s – The Functional Shopper – Clothes to you do one thing: They clothe you. They need to be unfussy and functional.
Advice: Clothes don’t need to be boring. Create an outfit week sheet with planned out outfits for each day Monday-Sunday this will take the stress out of dressing each day. Mix it up! A blazer can lift an outfit in seconds. Get some key items in will bring life to your wardrobe and give you the confidence you need. Read my blog on Wardrobe Edit for guidance!
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