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Before You Buy
Before You Buy
Like many people, you probably only wear a small percentage of your wardrobe. The rest is stuff that doesn't fit you, doesn't flatter you, is out of style or that you bought on a whim. So before you buy another item of clothing, here are some questions you should ask yourself first:
Am I buying it because it's on sale or do I really want it?
It's easy to get carried away when you find something on sale. Keep in mind that just because an item isn't discounted, you're not really saving money if it's something you weren't planning to buy in the first place. And you're actually wasting money, even on clothes and shoes bought at rock bottom prices, if you don't wear them and they just end up taking up space in your closet.
Does it really fit me?
Buy clothes that flatter the size you are now, not the size you used to be or hope to be in the future. There's a tendency to hang on to items with the hope of one day fitting into them. If and when that does happen, chances are the item will no longer be in style, won't fit the way you want it to or will no longer be something that you like.
Keep in mind that not all styles will look good on all body types. Always try on anything you're considering purchasing and take a good look in a three-way mirror to make sure it accents your figure. Don't be afraid to ask for opinions from others — especially those from your brutally honest friends.
How comfortable am I wearing this?
No matter how attractive something is, if it's uncomfortable, you won't wear it — at least not often. Pay attention to things like fabric that rides up, itchy seams, sleeves that are too short or too long, tops that too revealing, jeans that create the infamous "muffin top," and other common clothes mishaps.
When you try on clothes, move around in them like you would in a typical day. Bend over, sit down, pretend to climb stairs and make other motions to determine how an article of clothing really fits in action.
When and where will I wear this?
You see something in a store and fall in love with it. Then you buy it, hang it in your closet and then never wear it. Don't buy something unless you absolutely know you'll have a place and/or reason to wear it.
Do I already own this?
Many of us end up buying virtually the same pair of pants or shirt over and over again. Unless you want to look like you're wearing a uniform every day, shop for things that work with what you've already got or that allow you to try a new look.
A Final Word
Shopping for new clothes and shoes can be fun, but don't let your enthusiasm talk you into buying what you don't need. Remember the adage, "less is more." Rather than fill your closet with clothes you don't wear, focus on purchasing key essentials to help you make the most of what you already have.