Consistency is key
From what I have learnt from being a manipulative, obsessesive shopper (and nowadays a cured one!) is that the key to a good wardrobe is consistency.
If you are a jumper-and-jeans kind of girl like me, why frolick yourself into a wardrobe full of tight bodycon dresses? Sure, you’d perhaps please the eye of a man or two, but if you feel uncomfortable in what you wear then what is the point?
The same for me goes for layers and light colours. With my mediterannean complexion I’ve figured that anything light pink, blue, yellow, or whatever colour in the range of pastel just looks odd on my skintone and hightlights the green shades of it and therefore makes me look gloomy and omnious.
Layers are what makes me feel like a little gulpy balloon and makes my clothes feel tight on my body – a feeling which I hate. For me layers strictly mean a t-shirt and a blazer/jacket at most.
Having learnt what works best for your body makes shopping a facile, check a box kind of activity rather than a tedious and often unsatisfying hunt. Sometimes it is truly better to admire things from afar and keep consistency into buying things you will actually look good in.