Good and bad news, this was supposed to be a short post….but I got a bit carried away. Don’t worry, you’ll get it by the end 🙂
Right now we’re going to talk about Time Frame. We need to figure out what your time frame is and what factors are determining it.
For starters you have some decisions to make. Which is more important to you
- how soon you achieve your ideal image or
- how much it costs to get there.
Either way there is a sacrifice that must be made. Look good now and spend the money or save some money and take some time to achieve your look.
Think about it…
Here are a few other things to consider when determining your time frame:
-Is there a specific event you’re wanting to look good for? (a wedding, meeting the in-laws, seeing your ex. etc.)
-Are you moving to a new town? (good time for a fresh start)
-Starting a new job and need new attire to fit in?
-Newly single and want to get back out there?
Any of these reasons are good because they’re hopefully going to give you another kick in the butt to get styled!
Still Lost….then it’s Story Time
There still may be some of you that have honestly and sincerely tried to figure out what your ideal image is but google and GQ magazine aren’t helping. You may still feel lost or unsure about why you’re stuck.
I think a recent story from my life may help illustrate this point.
Last night I went suit shopping with some friends to help one of them find a suit for his brother’s wedding which is 2 weeks away. First, we went to Nordstrom’s and yes, he choked on his gum when he saw the $2000 price tag on the only blue suit that he liked that they actually had in his size (46 XL). Needless to say he got a bit discouraged:
“Alex, there’s no way I’m going to find a suit in my size, that I like, and that I can afford and have it ready in 2 weeks!”
So we talked and he settle down a bit, “Steve, (name changed) this is only the first store we’ve visited, we have at least 3 others we can go to tonight.”
So we drove across the street to Joseph A. Bank, and were there for at least an hour or two. Partly because Steve (the wedding friend) had a few worries:
1st, he wasn’t sure if the suit he found was a good price ($329) Umm YES, especially when compared to the $2000 Nordstrom suit
2nd, he wasn’t sure the fit was right (he hadn’t ever had a modern cut suit, this can be a big change for a lot of people if you’ve only ever had classic fit suits from a big-box store)
3rd, he wasn’t convinced if it was the color he wanted etc.
Well, at the end of the two hours he (Steve) walked out of there with a beautiful pair of shoes (at a killer price, even though he wasn’t planning on buying shoes) and the suit is being transferred in from another store for him to try.
Remember my 4th tip of shopping I mentioned in the last post about Budget? Of course you don’t, it is
-Always use these 7 words “Is that the best you can do?”
It saved my friend $60 on the shoes.
Stay the Course, Phone a Friend
I guarantee that everyone, man, woman, or child can relate to this story in one way or another. Either you’re a social shopper and need opinions and/or moral support, you’re price sensitive, or you’re indecisive.
Hopefully you’re beginning to see how everything connects to each other. Your time frame can change your ideal image, your key pieces can change your budget, it’s all connected. It’s just a matter of starting at the right place and making proper adjustment when needed.
Fitness vs. Fashion
Back to business. Now, your fitness goals can also play a major role in your Time Frame of Acquisition.
If you’re planning on losing weight, or gaining a bunch of muscle, do NOT buy your key pieces all at once. You’ll regret it. It costs money to get your clothes re-tailored to fit your new body or just buying new clothes. (I have pants and shirts that just don’t fit anymore because of the extra size I’ve put on since graduating from college.) If you have these fitness goals, wait until you’ve reached them to purchase the big items like the suits. You can however buy watches or shoes while you’re working towards your ideal physique.
Last Minute Considerations
Anyways, either your budget determines your time frame or your time frame determines your budget. However, you should never go into debt to achieve your ideal image. Debt will just wear you down and show in your lack of confidence and worried expression which just refutes looking good in the first place.
When planning out your time frame don’t forget about birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions where your family, friends or random strangers buy you cool stuff just because you’re alive. Don’t be afraid to give them a very specific list of what you want. If you get some of your key pieces…AWESOME.
If not…oh well…better luck next Hanukkah.