Saturday, July 27, 2013

My 5 Tips for Regret-Free Shopping

source: almostmakesperfect

1. Know what you're looking for.
If you don't, you will most likely walk out empty-handed, after being overwhelmed with choices, or with your hands full of clothes that you don't actually need, plus an empty purse. Get yourself some inspiration by searching on pinterest, instagram, polyvore, or google for your favorite celebrity's looks. Then, make a mental note of the cute things you saw and hold your shopping limits to those standards.

2. If shopping for formal, wear makeup, and do your hair.
At least a little. It will help you to know how your outfit will look as a whole, and I don't know about you, but if I'm breaking out, formal wear looks really awkward on me. And if you really want to be prepared in shopping for formal, bring a pair of high heels, too. Especially if you have stubby legs like mine! (:

3. Check the sale section first. If it's not on sale, try not to buy it yet!
This might mean that you'll need to cover your eyes and walk straight to the sale section of your favorite stores first, and then look at their newer stuff. There have been a couple of times when I've bought something new and found the same exact thing later for a lower price. For example, this happens at H&M and Urban Outfitters quite often (they have great sales), and I bought a white high-low dress that I later found at Ross for half the price that I paid. However, sometimes there's a certain style that's in and you want it now, fine, but be ready to regret paying twice the amount you could have.

4. If you're trying something on and find anything that you would change about it, don't buy it!
Basically, don't settle for something that could be better. For example, I often come across shirts and dresses that I would prefer to be tighter around the waist or at a different length. So I drop them! You can find something else that's like it but fits you better. Never buy anything that has the potential to be more flattering to your body.
*Exception: If you're crafty with the sowing machine, this rule may not apply to you.

5. If you're not 110% sure, don't buy it!
Because if you aren't, the garment will most likely hang in your closet, be worn twice, and never be used again. If you change your mind, you can always come back for it!

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