We’ve all made mistakes shopping for clothing. Everyone from mavens of fashion to personal shoppers to your next door neighbor have been guilty of purchasing items and never wearing them. Even worse—we have been guilty of wearing clothing we had no business buying in the first place.
The adrenalin rush every time we spy a “flash sale” or “final markdown” announcement distracts us to the point of delirium and that is when we make bad choices. But the other factor that can lead us down the dark path of buying something that we have no business buying is the want of the latest trend or the want of something new.
As unfun as it might seem, it is important to have a strategy when you shop for clothing. Here are a list of common shopping mistakes and how you can avoid them the next time you shop online or on foot.
~Not having a budget
Trust me, I understand the want of something fabulous but if that fabulous thing is going to put you in debt up to your eyeballs don’t buy it! Instead keep your eyeballs peeled and watch for future markdowns. There is an abundance of inventory available at incredible prices. Remember if you miss one opportunity there will be another at a better price.
~Not considering fit
Is it too long or too short, too big or too small? Can it even be altered? Here is a golden rule—if it is too small do not buy it, ever! If it is too big make sure you have a fabulous tailor and if you don’t, don’t buy it!
~Buying something just because it’s cheaply priced
A cheap price tag should never be the motivation for buying anything—food, airline tickets, or clothing. It’s not to say you shouldn’t purchase things because they are priced at a bargain. But rather ask yourself if the cheap price is your motivation for buying said item. Cheap products are produced to attract your attention. If food is produced cheaply and you eat it you will feel sick. If the price of an airline ticket is too good to be true then your seat will not recline, you will have to pay extra for your carryon and you will be the last to board. Sometimes it’s better to pay a little more and feel better in your seat and in your clothing.
~Buying random pieces without reflecting on what you have to pair it with
Here’s the thing—you might love the asymmetrical plaid high waisted skirt you found at a steal-of-a-deal sale but if you have nothing to wear with this fabulous new skirt then it will simply sit in your closet. Before you purchase anything ask yourself what you can pair it with.
~Buying something you have not tried on that is non-returnable
That dress looks stunning on the 5′ 10″ and 112 pound model. However, without trying it on you can’t be sure of how it will look on you. If you are unsure of the fit and feel of an item do not buy it unless it is returnable, regardless of how magical it appears.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and be chic!