- Think about the clothes you already have in your closet and what you need to make them current or to compliment them. This will help you to avoid style disasters.
- For special occasions, allow yourself at least two weeks prior to the event to find the dress. This will give you extra time for shoes and accessories.
Utilize Basic Fashion Rules
- Make sure you know a few golden fashion rules. If you are older don’t go for clothes that shows too much flesh or are too finicky. V-necks can always make a neck and large bust look slimmer and a pair of stiletto shoes can transform any boring outfit.
Shop by Yourself
- If you really need a second opinion, put the item on hold and bring someone back with you later. Unless of course, you have friends that will stop you from buying stuff they know and you know you don’t need.
Be Spontaneous, Try New Styles
- Think “out of the closet.” Go for some styles, colors and patterns which you would not normally wear. Never look at an item and say that will never look good on me. Try them on! You may be surprised. Many women stay away from dresses, but dresses are easy to wear and you can create a great outfit in a nanosecond. Don’t be buckled down to fashion trends, buy what fits you.
Remember to Color Match With Existing Outfits
- Keep in mind what items you already have in your closet. Think about color matching and creating great outfits. Ask yourself, will it work with the rest of your wardrobe? It’s not a bargain — even at 90% off — unless you actually have some way to work it into your existing wardrobe.
Accept a Salesperson’s Help
- You will be surprised by how much time you will save, if you allow them to give you some direction about what you’re shopping for. Avoid wandering around the shops buying up an item here and an item there. Do not have a passive mental attitude to shopping.
Keep a Blind Eye to Sales
- Do not get distracted. Don’t fall into buying clothes just because they are on sale. Beware of this “bargain” tendency. Ask yourself, would I still want to buy this if it wasn’t on sale? Stores put enticing promotional items at the front. Chances are you’ll blow your budget right there unless you stay on task. However, going to the back of the stores is where you will find their clearance racks. Why pay full price for the items you really do need?
Know Your Stores
- There are certain stores that you know that their “just in” outfits will be marked down within a few weeks. So, wait to get them on sale. Unless, you know your size will not be there in a few weeks. There is nothing wrong with being a bargain shopper. You will laugh all the way to the bank!
Avoid Those “PMS” Days
- The days when you are feeling premenstrual are the worst. These are the days when you feel bloated and unattractive. You’ll end up feeling down or making the wrong choice of outfit, wanting to hide your body rather than draw attention to it.
Try It On
- You do not want to take another trip to return items that do not fit. Walk, sit, and bend in the clothes. Ask yourself, do they move easily? Are the seams pulling? Do zippers, buttons, etc. all function properly? Use the three-way mirror. Get an honest look at your rear and side views. Watch for extreme panty lines (too-tight pants), bunched up waist (too big) or other tell-tale signs of an ill-fitting garment. Never buy anything that doesn’t fit perfectly. The only exceptions are pants/skirts that can be easily altered for length at the hem.
Check the Care Tag
- If laundry concerns matter to you, then you may want to do this while trying on clothes. Otherwise, see how much care the item is going to need. Washing machine vs. dry cleaning, can make a difference with money and time.
Dress to Undress
- Try to wear or bring undergarments (strapless bra, body shaper, etc.) to go with the style of clothes you are looking for. Wear easy on/off clothes. Also, style your hair and put on some makeup. This will make looking at yourself in the dressing room mirror just that much easier. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
Cash Not Credit
- Use less of the credit cards and more of the cash. Set a budget. Knowing you can only spend only $100 on this trip ahead of time will help you sort through the racks quicker. If you can’t afford it, then is it worth getting into debt for?
Check the Return Policy
- Many stores don’t give cash back, just a store credit; and some sale items are “final sale” which means you can’t bring them back at all.
Pay Attention to Fabric
- When buying clothes pay close attention to the fabric. If there is a part in your body that is chunkier than the other, avoid choosing thin, flimsy, and light in color materials for that part of your body. For example, if it’s your buttocks and hips area, pick clothes with firm, strong and dark colors fabric. This will help that part of your body to look firm and toned. Avoid the crackling bread look! Another great way to achieve this is to invest in clothing with inside lining. The secret is to look expensive and not cheap. Good fabric clothing helps you achieve that.
- Learn to dress for years. If you are in your twenties you can wear pretty much anything; in your thirties you can still pick and choose what works best for you. But by your forties and fifties you can still follow fashion trends but you need to learn how to avoid looking too young or dated. This is the time to go for well cut, less finicky clothes and step up your classics with fashionable accessories. There is nothing wrong with having a few quirky, trendy mini dresses and so on, show off flesh OR curves but not both.