Obviously, when seasons change, there’s a want and sometimes need to get some new items (last summer I was pregnant and enormous, so I needed some things). Here are some simple, but important tips to keep in mind when you venture to your nearest retail institution.
1. If it’s on sale, don’t buy it just because. Sometimes the universe and your friendly boutique owner’s sale section perfect align and the item that you were hoping to find is marked down and has an additional percentage off at the register. Those days are great; however, rummaging through the sale section in defeat and then ultimately buying something that you had no intention of purchasing and/or don’t know how, when or why you will wear it is a quick way to spend unnecessarily. Just because it’s marked down, doesn’t mean it should go in your closet!
2. You may think, “If it’s in the magazine, I have to make it work with my wardrobe.” Trends are fun. They have been coming and going for centuries. Marie Antoinette rocked sky high hair and, for a time, women wore knickers (yes underwear trends exist too). That doesn’t mean that if it’s trending you should do it. Modesty may come into your decision, color preference or just feeling stupid in what is a “must” look. Here’s one, that though I’ve tried and tried again: Socks with heels. I feel like a doofus when I’m in my closet, so it never makes a public appearance.
3. Buy Neutrals. Generally speaking, neutrals look rich and luscious (think ivory, olive, navy, blush pink). Buying a lace top in bright pink at Forever 21 may result in an item looking cheap. When you want to buy something at a budget friendly store, stay away from crazy prints and ultra bright colors.
4. Keep the tag on until you wear it. Most stores have at least a 30 day return policy and if you never wear it there’s no sense in hoarding the item. Keep your receipt and the tags on your garment until you know you’re going to wear it.
5. Bring a buddy or be the creeper in the dressing room asking opinions. People are shockingly honest when you’re trying on clothing. Why, you may ask. You haven’t actually bought it yet. If you’re trying it on, you probably aren’t sure about the item. If they tell you it doesn’t look great on, it’s not going to offend because it’s not an item you’ve bought and are sporting around the store. Take advantage of your friends honesty or a strangers opinion!