1.If you’re not sure, try it on. Who cares if you bring 10 things into the dressing room and come out with 1? There’s no way to know you like it unless you try it on!And if you’re anything like me and you don’t try it on right then and there it never gets returned if you don’t like it!
2.Consider what you have in your closet that you can wear with the item you’re buying, before you buy it. If it only goes with one or two other things, make sure it’s an item worth getting.
3.If it doesn’t make you excited, don’t get it. Each item in your closet should literally make you jump for joy, even the simplest t-shirt. Like my grey pocket tee from Madewell I can’t live without! So if you try something on, and there’s really nothing wrong with it, but you’re just not excited to wear it, it’s not worth buying.
4.Look and see if there are any deal or coupons you can bring to the store. Why wouldn’t you want to save more money?! Most stores do a student discount so never leave home without that god awful photo or check your email because (especially around holidays) some stores have awesome deals that maybe aren’t advertised in store.
5.If you absolutely love it but the fit is off, try another size. Every store/brand runs differently so don’t be afraid to try a size 8 even if you’re usually a 6. And if the fit is off in every size, leave it behind. Every body is different so you can’t expect everything to fit right!
6.The “b” word, budget. This is important. Many people overspend on things they don’t want, need or use because they had no parameters around their spending. Not a smart way to shop. You need to set a ballpark figure on what you are going to spend on each shopping trip. Set your budget and stick to it! Whatever your budget stop shopping once you hit that limit. This will help you decide what it is you really want.
7.The key to a balanced wardrobe (and budget) is to have a mix of high and low designers and brands. My motto? Spend where you think it shows. Each person has in their head what they think they should spend their money on.
8.If a week has passed, and you’re still thinking about that shirt you didn’t buy, go back and get it! It’s obviously worth it. If you wait any longer it’ll be gone. And then you’ll be really mad!
9.No matter how friendly or pleasant a sales person is, here is the fact you cannot avoid: they’re in it for the sale. Yes, they may care that you walk out only with items that suit you and that you will use. But they want you to walk out with something. That’s what they are there for. Don’t be smitten by their kindness.
10.As my mama says, “If you can’t decide between the red one and the blue one, get them both.” Seriously though, if you love a piece so much and know you’ll wear it all the time, get it in 2 colors!
11.If you randomly find a perfect special occasion dress, you should just buy it, even if you have no special occasions on your calendar. Because shopping for a great dress a week before your friend’s wedding or your company party is not fun and it’s pretty rare that you’re gonna find something awesome on a short timeline.
12.There’s something to be said for staples like black pants or flat sandals or a white button-down, I don’t believe in buying something just because you think you’re supposed to. The truth is a wardrobe can survive (and thrive) without a pair of plain black pumps or a tailored blazer. When you find yourself in the “should-I-or-shouldn’t-I” conundrum, just ask yourself one question: Do I love this? It sounds simple, but I swear it works every time!
What are your shopping tips and tricks? Comment below! I’d love to hear! Until next time my loves!