Smart Shopping on a Budget 10 Tips for Avoiding Making Shopping Mistakes by Diane Parente, AICI, CIP Style Consultant to the Nardone Stars & Personal Shopper Extraordinaire. www.imagesellsyou.com If your time for clothes shopping is limited like all of us, you can eliminate these common traps: • You go home empty-handed, overwhelmed by too many choices. • It looked great on display, but does nothing for you at home. • Your bargain doesn't go with anything else you own. • It spends the rest of its life in your closet, awaiting alterations, expensive cleaning or the right accessories. Here's how to avoid these all-too-frequent time wasters and get the most out of your shopping whether you shop at Target, Marshall’s or one of your favorite consignment stores. 1. Shop alone for maximum efficiency. A companion may distract & persuade you to buy something inappropriate 2. Always carry a master wardrobe plan with you of what you need to have to complete your wardrobe e ven if you're looking for a special occasion. The new should mesh with the old. Until you have a complete wardrobe, only purchase items listed in your master wardrobe plan. This will eliminate orphans from accumulating in your closet 3. Know which styles compliment your body shape. Do you look best in open or closed necklines, crisp or fluid fabrics, long or short jackets, wide, straight or slim pant legs? Reject inappropriate temptations 4. Select tops in your best colors and select neutral colors for your foundation pieces in your wardrobe 5. Buy the size that fits today, not tomorrow with an eye toward the garment’s ability to be altered if your body changes size 6. Look in a full-length mirror observe the front, back and side views and double check the neckline, collar sleeves, bust, waist and hips. Also, walk, sit and move in the garment to see if it pulls in any area 7. Wear the right undergarments and bring shoes for the clothing you will be trying on 8. Make sure the fabric drapes well, is wrinkle resistant and holds up to numerous cleanings. 9. Before purchasing, go over the garment carefully checking for flaws, loose buttons and linings, hems failing down, zippers that don’t work. If yo u know you can take care of the flaw easily negotiate a better price. 10. Know the return policy of the store, and keep receipts until you are satisfied. Prepare for shopping the same way you prepare for a vacation so you can return home just as relaxed and content.
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