Everyone likes a bargain and it's this time of the year, when
sales are in full swing that we head out to the stores in search
of a great bargain. The question is, are you really getting a
bargain when you buy clothing that doesn't fit well - a pair of
boots at seventy percent off but a size too big - or a sweater
that you will never wear because it doesn't match a thing you
Before you hit the stores looking for bargains, decide how much
money you want to spend. A great sale has the potential to be a
spending trap that will leave your pocketbook empty and your
closet overstuffed with items that you will wish you had never
bought - like the boots that are too big and keep slipping off.
Here are 5 shopping rules that will help you come home with
clothing items that are real bargains that will make you look
and feel good.
Rule # 1. Know exactly what you need. Take inventory of your
clothing and write a list of items that will expand your
wardrobe - a red top that you can wear with five other items in
Rule # 2. Buy only what you need. If you have five white
t-shirts that are in good condition and exactly the same cut you
probably don't really need another one.
Rule # 3. If you are working with a budget stay away from that
great plaid, flowery or embellished bag if most of your wardrobe
is patterned and none of the colors in the bag match the
clothing you already have.
Rule #4. Don't be seduced by a low price. No matter how
expensive it was if it doesn't fit don't buy it. You might find
the best looking designer jacket at a low, low price but if it's
the wrong color or it doesn't suit your body type you will not
likely wear it.
Rule #5. Shop prepared. If you are shopping to find a blouse to
match a certain pair of pants, wear the pants shopping. Or if
you are buying a skirt wear heels or take an appropriate pair of
shoes with you to get a better idea of how the skirt will look.
ęCopyright 2006 Sheila Dicks
About the author:
Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women
feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get
tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a
copy of her ebook "Image Makeover" at
http://www.how-to-dress.com or go to
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