One of the hardest things about building your wardrobe is often clothes shopping.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps says “If you’re like me, you might find clothes shopping nightmarish. You’ve done all the work, you know what you want, but you still have to find it.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for clothes shopping:
- Research your shop: Look in high-end shop windows to see the key seasonal colour and style trends. Go inside and look at the garment fabrication. Try some on to see how they look on you. Then do the same in chain and discount stores to see how they compare and which works best for your lifestyle.
- Know what you want: It’s like when you go grocery shopping – if you go without a list, you’re not going to get the things you need. You’ll have lovely shoes and jewellery, but no socks or underpants.
- Know your why: It is unlikely you’ll be able to get exactly what you want. If you know why (e.g., to get it first, or get it the cheapest) you can choose the compromise that’s right for you.
- Don’t compromise on quality: If it doesn’t fit, isn’t the right shade, isn’t comfortable or is not well made and you’re not prepared to alter it, don’t buy it. You won’t wear it, and that’s a waste of money you could be spending on clothes you will wear.
- Be prepared to walk away: When you start getting cranky, take a break. Go sit down with a drink and a snack. If you’re still not feeling it after that, walk away and shop another day.
These five tips will help optimise your clothes shopping efficiency and effectiveness.
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