Image Hosting by“Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what’s in their closet” is a well-known quote by Mignon McLaughlin. How do you avoid this age old problem and be a smart shopper? Know before you go. Clothing should be grouped in order to know what you really have. That means all the blouses go together, the pants, the skirts, the jackets, etc. If you have a suit, split it apart so that the jacket of the suit is with the jackets and the pants are with the other pants. That way you know exactly what you have.

Develop outfits from the items you already have in your closet. Try things on together—even (or especially) if you didn’t buy them at the same time. Today’s casual lifestyle allows clothing coordination rather than matching. The means that those navy pants can be worn with the white shell and a coral jacket—even if there is no navy or white in the jacket. Since both navy and white are neutrals, just about anything goes with them. Jot down missing items to create your shopping list.

Ready to shop? Not quite yet. Before you head out the door, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Yes, sweats and flip flops are comfortable and easily removed when trying on clothes, but what will you have as your reference point–anything you put on will be an improvement! Try wearing something that makes you feel great, is comfortable and easily removed. If the item you are trying on doesn’t make you feel as good as the one you worn in, then don’t buy it!

May You Always Look Great!

Pat Roland, CTIC

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