“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”
– Vivienne Westwood
You are what you wear. You have to dress to impress. Wearing the right outfit to suit the occasion is a form of good manners. You know these. You abide with these basic rules but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend too much on shopping for outfits. Making the right choice that suits your budget is the right way to do it. Here are some practical guidelines in shopping for outfits that can make you achieve your fashion goals that won’t break the bank.
1. Fad fashions are fun but aren’t good investments. To budget your money accordingly, make sure to stick with classic outfits that you can wear anytime, any season.
2. Keep a “shopping list” of clothing needs and stick it inside your closet door then watch for sales on the items that you need.
3. Don’t buy clothes with very special or unusual buttons unless it comes with an extra button on purchase. The downside of buying them is that when a button is lost, you have to replace all.
4. Visit factory outlets, discount stores, and even thrift stores or “ukay-ukay” that offer discounted good quality clothes. You may get designer clothing at a fraction of a price. But keep in mind that you should be meticulous in choosing clothes when you shop in any of those to avoid getting clothes with major flaws that you end up spending more than less for repairs.
5. Before shopping for new clothes, shoes, and accessories, check the ones that you already have for you to know the things that you only need to buy. You may be able to put together your old little black dress with a new layering necklace or a pair of old jeans with a new top.
6. Check for the clothes’ cleaning instructions before purchasing them. Clothes for dry cleaning may cost you more than clothes that you can wash the usual way.
7. Test a stretch or “spandex” fabric garment by pulling it gently lengthwise or crosswise. When it never comes back into shape quickly, don’t purchase it. It becomes baggy after wear.
8. Avoid purchasing clothes smaller than your size hoping that they can make you look slimmer. Purchase one size larger than your real size to make yourself feel comfortable and relaxed. Clothes that are too tight can actually make you feel exhausted and look squished.
9. A fitting room with a three-way mirror is an advantage. When you try a new outfit, make sure to look in front, on the side, and at the back to see how it fits you. Also check how it looks on you when you stand, sit, or walk.
10. You have to know how to shop for clothes that suit your figure to flatter your assets and hide your flaws.
11. Never shop for shoes in the morning. Do it late in the afternoon or when you have been on your feet for a while. Shoes that fit you well in the morning may be very tight and painful when your feet have swollen.
12. Buy shoes half size larger during summer for added comfort because feet swell in the heat.
13. Buy shoes made of leather or woven fabric rather than synthetic ones when you plan to use them all the time. They are breathable and can make your feet feel comfortable.
14. Always buy pairs of shoes that look good on any color and type of wardrobe.
15. Keep the receipt of your purchases. Flaws may show up and discomfort may be felt as you fit your newly bought shoes, accessories, and clothes at home.
Be practical. Spend wisely and be dressed in your best!