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InStyle had a really fascinating article in their March issue called "The Big Buy Theory." Sadly I have not been able to find the article in it's entirety online anywhere, which is why I thought I'd share what they called to be the four most common buying personalities! Hopefully you'll be able to nail down your shopping pattern and avoid having to ship back purchases or worse trek to the mall to make those returns.
What I tend to think...
What I end up doing the majority of the time...
These are my interpretations of each of the style personalities! 
The Minimalist
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YOU:
*have your dressing down to a science
*stick to brands you know and love 
*have a knack for mixing and matching your wardrobe pieces but mostly in a neutral color palette
THE PROBLEM: 
Your lack of variety can cause you to become bored with your closet
THE FIX:
Splurge on a minimalist cut that has a beautiful silhouette that you'll end wearing for years to come. 
BUY:
Accessories to add dimension to your look
Focus on purchasing different parts of the outfit at a variety of times that way you don't get overwhelmed while adding to your closet. 

The Trend-Spotter
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YOU:
* have style that is constantly evolving
*have the ability to create outfits from layering & finding different silhouettes  
*feel like fashion is another extension of your ability to express yourself
*constantly return items because that leopard print wasn't quite the quality you hoped for
THE PROBLEM: 
Being too on trend may lead to fashion faux pas 
THE FIX:
 Take the time to invest in pieces that will wear well and for a long time. 
If you're still apt to do a lot of online shopping, find sites that offer free shipping and returns because odds are you'll be doing a lot of returning
BUY:
When that trendy piece goes on sale. 
Start paying attention to when you favorite brands/sites have sales and wait to make that purchase. 
Search the pre-owned and loved market for those expensive pieces - odds are you'll be able to find them for a fraction of the price. 

The Investor
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YOU:
* choose quality over quantity
*often look expensive  
*hunt down the latest fashion trends straight from the runway
THE PROBLEM: 
The clothes could end up wearing you if you're not careful  
THE FIX:
Create a hard to forget look by mixing high & low priced items
Become really good friends with sales associates and never be afraid to ask when that piece you've been lusting over will finally go on sale
BUY:
Lesser known designers that have a similar look and feel to your favorite high end designers
Elegant pieces that are easily transitioned from day to night

The Accessories Maven
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YOU:
* have the ability to change an outfit with shoes, bags & jewelry
*take a boring t-shirt & jeans look and transform it into a Pinterest worthy outfit
*have an abundant number of ways to transform a look 
THE PROBLEM: 
Too much can end up looking kitschy
THE FIX:
When in doubt - go with the less is more approach and take one piece of jewelry off before leaving 
BUY:
Know when to splurge and when to save - that statement necklace and midi ring are prime examples
Expensive pieces should be worn countless way and for many years
A great organization system for all your accessories from shoes to bags

Personally I'm a mix of all four of these with emphasis on being a minimalist!! Definitely something I've been working on as every morning I feel like I'm staring it to a dark hole of nothingness...I think the phrase we've all uttered " I have NOTHING to wear!" I've been making a conscious effort to buy pieces that will work with items that are already in my closet!! 

What's your buying personality?!

xo,
Biana











43 comments

  1. minimalist! but i do love accessories!

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  2. Definitely a minimalist. I always gravitate towards the same colors.(Black, cream, olive/khaki and burgundy) I am drawn to certain patterns though and I love a-line skirts! I also love my statement necklaces! XO

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  3. I am definitely the minimalist here! I love the neutral colors or the colors I'm familiar with (although I will have the occasional crazy pop of color) and unless it's stripes I usually stay away from patterns. I definitely get bored with my closet easily too! Looks like I need to spice it up! ;)

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm a minimalist, for sure. I'm also a sucker for great accessories -- a must for a minimalist, right?!

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  5. EEK! I think I'm a mix of a few but kind of out there haha. I'm starting to be the investor, because I'm only buying expensive pieces, one at a time. I'm not the trend spotter cause I'm always late to the trends or don't understand them [rompers]. But, I also love me some accessories to give an outfit a new twist.

    OH man, I'm a mess ;)!

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  6. I fit most into the minimalist category! I'd love to be the investor though!

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  7. I guess I'm a minimalist since I try to live by the motto one new thing in and two things have to come out "negative acquisition". I do love accessories though and intermingling a few high end with more affordable pieces because nobody is going to know your top is from Target let's be honest right? :-) Such a great post!! All these fashion posts are making me have such willpower!!

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  8. I'm definitely a minimalist - I really need to get better about investing in accessories though!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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  9. Hmmm well like everyone else I guess minimalist fits me best... mostly because I'm poor haha. Great post :)

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  10. interesting share! i think im a minimalist, maybe? im not super into trends, a couple i guess, and i dont have a lot of accessories, but i try? haha who knows. im a mash up.

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  11. Love this...currently contemplating which one I am... hmm probably right now the yoga pants and old t-shirt for painting kind...hahaha I NEED to unpack my closet girl!

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  12. This is such a fun post! I'm with you on being a mix of all of them-- other than the accessories one- other than my every day jewelry I rarely add anything else or switch up my bag.

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  13. Love it, I think I'd be the minimalist... I love accessories too! Can I just randomly say how much I love Courtney Kerr! I love her red shoes in that pic.

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  14. This is a great concept! My mom is saving that issue of InStyle for me to read when I go visit in a couple weeks. I definitely 100% fall into the Minimalist category, but I do love accessories. :)

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  15. I have this issue of InStyle next to me to read this week! I can't decide which one I am... maybe a mix of them all?

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  16. They forgot my categorie...the OVERSPENDER....the opposite of the minimalist. The girl who buys anything she likes, and still looks in her closet wanting more. Ugh, it's a problem. I need to be more like the person who saves and only invests in the best things. I do that with my bags & jeans though...and maxis. I need to go to rehab. :-(
    Loved this post! XO

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  17. Guess I am the odd girl out because I am definitely the Trend Spotter haha! At least I am usually good about finding the trends on sale, since I know the trends are always changing! Love this article!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  18. I'm definitely a minimalist. I love the brands I wear and rarely venture out. I must have missed this article in InStyle?!

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  19. oooh! i think i am a minimalist with a dash of trendsetter!

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  20. Minimalist here… could probably jazz up the wardrobe with some more accessories. :-)

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  21. Hmmm I'm kinda a minimalist with a little bit of trendsetter. I know what I love and stick to it but I will blend in colors of the seasons and some styles.

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  22. yes the minimalist is me but i like invest pieces too so they last from season to season!

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  23. I would say that I'm a combination of all four. :-) I think that it can help me when I'm working with customers who come into the store, since we deal with this kind of stuff a lot. So thank you for sharing!!

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  24. Love this! I'm the minimalist for sure. My closet is straight up neutral and I suck at accessorizing so I've been trying to be better about adding some color and fun necklaces/earrings!

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  25. Trying to invest in more high-quality, less trendy pieces is for sure a current goal! I love accessories but always stick with the same few jewelry items ha

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  26. Oh I love Victoria Beckham!
    Love her style.

    http://www.momfashionworld.com/

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  27. I'm definitely a minimalist and have been cringing at my wardrobe for the past couple months! It takes me forever to get ready because, yes, I have nothing to wear! Help! :)

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  28. I think I'm the minimalist and the accessories maven. I love to wear a white tee and jeans with a huge statement necklace and some chunky bangles.

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  29. I definitely fall under the minimalist category and am always thinking that I have absolutely nothing to wear!!!!

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  30. Interesting! I'm definitely the minimalist and totally have meltdown after meltdown after meltdown about how I have NOTHING to wear! LOL! :)

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  31. I'm definitely a minimalist. I like all black, head to toe, classic pieces.

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  32. I'm definitely minimalist with accessories thrown in. I always buy tons of accessories and then never end up wearing them with my outfits though!

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  33. I would like to classify myself as an investor, but I'm not there yet!
    Great post!
    Lori

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  34. Just wanted to let you know that I shared this with my store manager yesterday and she loved it. This will definitely help us in the store when we are styling customers, so thanks again for sharing!

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    1. That's so great!! I'm glad you both enjoyed it - if you're looking for the full article it's in the March issue of InStyle!

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    2. My manager has a copy of the March issue. I'll ask her to bring it some time so that I can read it and get back to you on any other details about it. :-) And if only my Pinterest closet was real getting dressed every day would be easier! :-)

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  35. My buying personality is... buy everything in sight... ha! I'm a shopaholic if you will, if I like it I grab it. I'm ok if it's expensive, but holds it's value. So if I ever want to resale it, I can get close to want I paid for it. So I stick to classic pieces, ones that are always in style. I mostly invest in handbags, jeans, accessories, and shoes. I get more use out of them them clothing, because if I wear a dress or something I get bored. I like to change my look often! ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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