A few of my friends asked me for shopping tips and I've been purging my entire wardrobe and making some style "investments." A major fault I find in shopping habits of young women (myself included) is ignoring quality and making poor purchase decisions. For instance, I bought a few tops from a site a few years back and when they arrived the quality was so poor that I didn't EVER wear them, to make matters worse I paid UP for them. I ended up selling them to a consignment shop earlier today for about 30% of what I paid. Cool, I made some money, but it triggered a serious conversation (with myself lol) about how to prevent myself from making that mistake again. Honestly, had I slowed my roll before I wouldn't be thinking about the 30% because I would have saved 100% on unworn clothing. But hey, you win some you lose some.
Anywhooooo, this paragraph goes to say...Check the fabric, thread, and overall quality of your pieces before. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping to build a wardrobe that will last for years.
1. Build on Staples, know what you need when you go shopping. Get your classics down pat, then shake them up with statement/trendy pieces.
2. Spend less on trendy pieces...they are probably only going to be cool for a few months so it doesn't make sense to ball out on them. Then sell them when they are over, someone else will love them.
3. Shop around...nowadays you can always find a lower price especially online.
4. TRY ON EVERYTHING!!! If you're anything like me, then when you get it home you aren't going to return it.Make sure it fits before you even shell out the bucks.
5. If you don't love it, don't buy it. Your impulse is going to drop when you leave a store or site, therefore, if it hasn't peaked, the you probably don't even like it in the first place.
6. Pay up for what you know you're going to use, if the quality is good. Save for the good stuff. Buy one or two investment pieces instead of 10 dust collectors.