A few weeks ago I made an impulse buy. It was a light blue motorcycle jacket. Doesn't everyone need one? Well although it was not something I set out to purchase, it turns out that I did "need" one and here is why.
The seasons have changed forecasts. It used to be that many people would buy a spring raincoat for those April showers and that would be enough. Unfortunately, that lightweight coat just hasn't been warm enough for some of our spring weather.
The weather has been increasingly cold throughout May and this calls for a fall weight jacket. The problem is that we have just spent months of dark colors, furry trims, wooly fabrics and this is so NOT what we want to be wearing in May.
I had previously realized that I needed a warm jacket for the weather in the 50's, but that looked springy. A few years ago, I did do a targeted shop for this item and came up with an orange coat, perfect!
After bringing home the light blue motorcycle jacket, I did an assessment and realized that this was another useful spring jacket to have and here is why.
It was another warm spring jacket but was different enough from the orange one that there was room for both in my wardrobe.
1) Fabrication- one was fabric and the other was leather
2) Type of color - one was bright and one was pastel
3) Type of outwear - One was short and the other was long
4) One was very casual, the other a little nicer
No redundancies, my wardrobe had room for both.
Also of note is that you will need a neutral. I still wear my black leather jacket in the spring, when the outfit calls for something more neutral.
In order to avoid redundancies and unnecessary items in your wardrobe, you want to review if
1 )They are different enough from the items you already own in that category
2) If it is also a color and/or style that you will have a use for in general
Go through the list above or similar, and say bye-bye to those purchases that are unnecessary, you won't wear or are redundant and hence a waste of money.