Shopping for clothing can be a frustrating experience. Be prepared by following a few guidelines and making the most of each trip. Be willing to walk away with nothing rather than be stuck with a purchase that will wind up in a give away box after one wearing.
General Shopping Tips
1. Department Stores: Go to the store with the most selection. Large stores will often have the largest clearance racks; start there.
2. Shop Alone: Salespeople in department stores want the sale: shoo them away by telling them you need time to think. Be wary of shopping with friends, they are generally not objective and you will most likely end up spending more money than planned.
3. Plan Ahead: Last minute shopping rarely pans out. Shop weeks in advance of a special event if possible. Having a cushion of time gives you the luxury of walking away from something not just right, at the very least it helps rule out stores that do not have what you are looking for.
4. Buy What You Love: If it is “so-so” in the store, guaranteed it will be not worn when home. Any second thoughts on an item? Walk on by.
5. Buy Multiples: Finding the perfect pair of jeans or the most flattering shirt is something that doesn’t happen everyday. Buy two if you truly love it, three if they come in several flattering colors.
6. Choose Solids: Solid color shirts and pants have more staying power. Add patterns with accessories. This is where scarves, necklaces, belts and other inexpensive items come into play.
7.Know Your Colors: Not in a rigid, “must wear this because of my season” mantra, but in a to your own self be true way. There are certain colors that naturally look best on people with your skin, hair and eye color. Look for these and leave the others alone.
8. Where to Spend: Even when you are on a strict budget, there are items that should be considered at full price. These include your staple black skirt or pants, the perfect jacket and white shirts.
9. Where to Save: Some clothing can wait until the sales or be found at thrift shops, like; dresses, T-shirts, workout clothing and blouses. These are more seasonal and often get marked down while they still have plenty of wear time in them.
10. Wore it Once: This is a shopping rule I gave myself when my daughter started being drawn towards styles that were popular when I was a teen. If I wore the look once while a young girl, I do not give myself permission to wear it now.
Body Type Shopping Tips
11. Triangle: If your lower half is two to three sizes larger than the upper body you will look better by accenting the top. Balance your shape with brighter colors and detailing on the top half, while keeping the lower half simple.
12. Hourglass: This curvy style can benefit from simple shapes. Avoid anything that ignore your waist line. Shift style dresses tend to make this shape look large and tunic tops without a belt have the same negative affect.
13. Wedge: Strong shoulders, straight thin legs and rear require clothing that accentuates the narrow hips. Look for slim skirts and longer tops to balance the shape.
Shoe Shopping Tips
14. Time it Right: Feet tend to expand throughout the day. Shopping at the end of the day results in shoes more likely to fit well.
15. Thumb: Pressing a thumb into the toe of your shoe is not just for preschoolers. Although your feet are unlikely to grow anymore, having a half inch space between the longest toe and the end of the toe box makes a difference in comfort.
16. Ignore Size: Just like when dress or jean shopping, ignore the size and look for fit. One manufacturer may be sized entirely different. Personally I own shoes in sizes 7 to 9 1/2 and they all fit perfectly.
Sunglass Shopping Tips
17. Driving Glasses: Look for gray or green tinted lenses. They block the light evenly and let you see true colors. Polarized shades will cut glare.
18. Opposite Attract: If your face is round, look for square shaped glasses. Square faces look best with round frames.
Maternity Shopping Tips
19. Dress Like a Grown-up: Just because you are having a baby doesn’t mean you have to look like one. Maternity fashion has come a long way. You are not as likely to see giant baby dresses and pink T-shirts exclusively. Be wary of hand me downs because of that unusual trend.
20.Don’t Buy too Much: There is a short life span to these clothes. Find a few basics and accent with your current accessories.