It has been said that …we wear 10% of our clothing 100% of the time.

Unfortunately, as the seasons change so do our clothing needs. And with that comes what many of us would call ‘that dreaded shopping experience’. Shopping can be very discouraging but it doesn’t have to be with a plan and a few simple strategies.

Analyze You
Before you go shopping determine your needs with self analysis. Think about your age, body shape, personality and how you spend your time. This will help you to determine where to shop and what to look for.

Learn What’s New
Learn about the latest trends by reading fashion magazines and checking the Internet. Observe every detail. What styles are being worn? Are cufflinks in or out? Have skirt lengths changed? Learn how to wear them and how to make them work for you. Then decide which can be adapted into your wardrobe.

Complete Your Wardrobe… First
Before you shop, look through your wardrobe. Think about what you already have, and how to build on it. This is called investment dressing.

Try It Before You Buy It!
Once you have a feel for what’s in fashion, have a try on day. See what’s available. Bring extra shoes for heel variation. Try on garments to see if they can be incorporated into your wardrobe.

Make A Budget
Before your go shopping, plan your seasons clothing and accessories with a budget in mind.

No Impulse Buying
Once you know what items will complete your wardrobe shop for one item at a time. Bring the pieces that will be worn with the garment when you purchase it. If you stay focused, you will be less likely to make those regrettable impulse purchases.

Beware of Fads
Buy your most expensive items in timeless styles, use accessories, and fad items to update them. Spend less money on fads and wear those items as often as you can, but be prepared to give them up at the end of the season.

Shopping doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience or a costly fashion mistake. All you need is a simple wardrobe with carefully chosen accessories. Shopping can be easy, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. These tips and tricks for wardrobe planning and strategies for dressing will help you shop smart and look great!

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Kimberly Law AICI, CIP

Association of Image Consultants International (AICI)

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Institute of Image Training & Testing International (IITTI)


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