5 Reasons Why Impulse Buys Are A Necessary Part of Your Wardrobe

Impulse buys get a bad rep as emotionally driven purchases that rarely, if ever, get used because they have no purpose or won’t quite fit in your wardrobe.

On the contrary! These little outsiders are actually one of the most important parts of any woman’s wardrobe. Here’s why…

Raquel Greer Gordian shares why impulse buys are actually an essential part of creating a wardrobe you love.

5. They strengthen your creativity.

Clothes aren’t just about throwing something on your back every morning. They do so much more.

They help you get the job you want, stay ahead at the job you have, teach your family who you are, and perform multitudes of tasks that allow us to be seen in the world.

Clothes enhance our humanity. Creativity is a huge part of being human.

We create solutions at home and work, with friends and with family. Our clothes should reflect that.

Creativity is about thinking outside of the box and when you insert leopard bike shorts (total impulse buy I had recently) or a floor-length floral kimono into your wardrobe, everyone around you sees your authentic, creative self.

A statement earring might feel like it doesn’t fit in your wardrobe, but there’s actually so many ways you can style it.

4. They challenge you.

To get better at styling outfits, you have to practice.

This doesn’t mean taking an hour out of your day to go through your wardrobe, but it means being intentional with how you put together your morning outfits.

Impulse buys can throw you for a loop when trying to use them in an outfit. Maybe there isn’t an obvious compliment to your new cobalt blue pumps, but there is always a match. It just may take a little bit more thought and creativity in finding that match.

As an image consultant, my job is to help women understand how to work with everything in their wardrobe in ways they never thought.

Knowing this, I want you to take that impulse buy head on and use the styling techniques I know you’ve got. Look at the colors, the prints, and the hardware in the impulse buy to find other items that can link to those details and build an outfit.

Raquel Greer Gordian helps you shop for pieces that make you and your wardrobe stand out amongst the crowd.

3. They add color, texture, and pattern.

I love bold colors, unexpected patterns, and “Can I feel that?!” textures, because they add upbeat and playful elements to any closet.

They also often get added to your closet in the form of an impulse buy, so these elements are reason alone to let your impulsive self take over once in a while.

Color is the first thing anyone sees when they look at your outfit, so if your closet is solely neutral, you’ve gotta up your color game, girl.

Don’t be afraid of the things you love, because hot pink, geometric prints, and faux fur teddy coats often make for a very cool closet.

Raquel helps you stand out in your style and fit in no matter where you’re headed.

2. They show off your uniqueness.

This is a little bit like your creativity, but what I love about showing your unique self is that it’s often not intentional. Self-care and self-improvement are awesome parts of life, but at the core, some parts of ourselves will never change.

Fashion is a way to show off your unique self, and one of the best ways to treat that self is to make the occasional purchase of something you may not normally buy.

Your closet is already made up of a collection of clothes completely unique to you, but impulse buys take it one step further in helping you show the world your awesome self.

Impulse buys can seem like a bad idea, but in actuality, there’s a ton of ways you can style your new purchase into your wardrobe.

1. They help you go with your gut.

This is the most important reason to embrace impulse buys — they make you go with your gut! We intuitively know the colors that look best on us, we instinctually gravitate towards patterns that enhance our attributes, and we shy away from things that don’t quite fit our bodies.

With this in mind, I want you to feel more confident and empowered when you go for an impulse buy. Chances are that rose gold moto jacket is actually a great fit for you, because you know yourself better than anyone else.

Need help styling your favorite impulse buys? Let’s chat.

Want to add some impulse buys to your wardrobe? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming up, and I can shop it for you! Email me for details.

Loving Your Impulse Buy: The Ripped Jeans

In the second edition of ‘Loving Your Impulse Buys’, I'm addressing a moment we've all had:


After Sunday brunch with girlfriends, window shopping abruptly turns into negligent spending. Suddenly you’ve got: THE RIPPED JEANS


You think it’s too youthful and unpolished.


You can pair it with more than a t-shirt and baseball cap. Just like the patterned pants, ripped jeans are a playful alternative to your average denim. With the right accessories and compliments, you can pull them out for everything from a dinner date in the city to a day trip in the country.



      Stick with your style on this one. If your style is…

     Romantic:                                      Alluring:                                             Sporty:


Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me which solution you chose for a ripped jeans impulse buy!

Loving Your Impulse Buy: The Patterned Pants

We’ve all been through the ups and downs of impulse buys. At first it feels exciting and risky, but three months later, that little item is now more of an outcast than a star in your closet.

I've devoted this week's posts to exploring the ways you can use your impulse buys to feel a little daring, a lot confident, and definitively stylish.

The Challenge:

- Window shopping turns into an impulse buy. Suddenly you've got: THE PATTERNED PANT

- You think it works with nothing you own.

- There’s hope: You can try something more out-of-the-box then your average denim. These pants will do the trick. The wild prints and patterns are an instant mood elevator and bring an element of fun to your style.

The Solution:

Finding the perfect compliment. Complete the outfit with…


If the pants are fitted:

     Silk Blouse           

     Statement Earrings 

     Cocktail Ring       



If the pants are flowy:

Tank Top


Bib Necklace




Now, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below to tell me how you overcame the challenge of a patterned pant!