Exploring Super Styles – Save Up For Best Or Buy Cheaper and More?

There’s so much to explore about shopping!  How we shop, how often we shop, who we shop with, what we buy, how much we spend — it’s a veritable laboratory of style exploration!

And of course what’s equally intriguing is linking your shopping attitudes and actions to your style personality — something we have devoted our time and attention to in bringing the 16 Style Types to life. 

In this series of posts exploring the Super Styles, we give you an opportunity to look at the big picture of your style:  the SF Style Aesthetician, the ST Style Pragmatist, the NT Style Strategist, and the NF Style Dreamer.

So if you’re looking to get a broad overview of your style essence, the Super Styles are a great place to start.  After that, you’ll need to get a copy of your Style Type Report to give you the details and specific information you need to chart then travel your own authentic style pathway.

Do you Save Up For Best Or Buy Cheaper and More?

We asked this question on our Facebook Page and have grouped the responses, from real women experiencing their real style, into the four Super Styles.

Do you save up for the best, or buy cheaper and more?

The Style Strategist – iNtuition and Thinking (NT)

  • It depends. I have done both. But cheaper usually means better quality but marked down or thrifted (INTP)
  • I used to buy cheaper and more, but now I’m converting to spending more on better quality and less. That having been said, if I can get it at a thrift or consignment store, so much the better. Mostly this is motivated by morality (consumerism, slavery in the fashion industry, etc.) (INTP)

Read more about the NT Style Strategist Super Style here.

The Style Aesthetician – Sensing and Feeling (SF)

  • Save for the best – quality means a lot (ESFJ)
  • Both! (and sometimes secondhand best = cheaper and more). (ISFP)
  • Have ALWAYS believed you get what you pay for……I always go for quality whenever I’m able to! (ESFP)
  • I like a lot of choice in my wardrobe, which is rather large,  so often buy cheaper and more – but it’s never ‘cheap’, I always look for quality in my pieces (ESFJ)
  • As a young woman, when lay-by was still around, I had things on lay-by all over the city!  I can see now how my approach to shopping has always been to throw a fairly wide net when it comes to looking for the pieces I love (ESFJ)
  • It has to be love at first sight and then there’s no stopping me! 😁(ESFP)

Read more about the SF Style Aesthetician Super Style here.

The Style Dreamer – iNtuition and Feeling (NF)

  • It depends. I rarely spend a lot, and try to have fewer clothes and stick to natural fibres mostly. Finding a style I like, that suits me, in the right colours… A real challenge. So I occasionally spend more than usual because I found something special. Used to make my clothes but there are other things to do these days (INFP)
  • I love to buy quality items cheaper than the retail price. I get a lot from TK Maxx and Ebay (INFP)
  • I shop second hand for quality at a cheaper price (INFJ)
  • I don’t have a huge budget so I like to thrift items from higher end brands because its cheaper, environmentally kinder and less intimidating than sales people in fancy stores (INFJ)
  • I buy less, usually only couple of things that I fall in love with – but it is wonderful if they are on special! (INFP)

Read more about the NF Style Dreamer Super Style here.

The Style Pragmatist – Sensing and Thinking (ST)

  • Basics, exercise wear, everyday jeans …I won’t spend extra. Slightly nicer items I look for the value for my money. And on a rare occasion I splurge for a truly extraordinary item, especially shoes and hanbags (ESTJ)
  • Quality (which doesn’t necessarily mean designer), but on sale, preferably at an outlet’s end of season sale! I just can’t do used/thrift shops, “hand me downs” from a stranger tend to gross me out (yes,I know, I’m weird!) (ISTJ)
  • I don’t mind spending more on the right stuff but definitely shop less as it’s not a favorite activity and I run out of energy for it pretty quick (ISTP)

Read more about the ST Style Pragmatist Super Style here.

Further reading

Budgeting Tips For The Control Freak

Don’t Go Shopping (Just Yet)

But It Only Cost….!

Spiritual Shopping Practices

Shopping And The Six Human Needs

Get the Full Details on Your Style Type in Your Style Type Report

Your Super Style gives you the broad strokes – your Style Type Report gives you the details you need to really make a shift in your style, including how you think and feel about your style, and what your style motivators are.

If you are already know your four-letter type, click here to get your Style Type report.  If you are not 100% sure of your four-letter type, believe you may have been mistyped in the past, or simply wish to take a fresh look at what makes you, you –  discover your Style Type here.


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