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1. Be ruthless about quality
Your money is hard earned. Every dollar you spend on clothing should only work on improving your collection.
Clothing is self-expression, and will always be. Don't ever compromise on buying quality products.
Now put down the cheaply-made top, and walk away. Trust me, you'll never regret it.
2. Buy timeless pieces
Impulse purchases are usually poor choices, especially if you're buying something because the price is good instead of focussing on quality.
Study your closet, and make a list of key staples that you need. Then buy only those things. It's just that easy.
You'll be surprised at how much you'll save up.
Avoid impulse purchases, and be thrilled that you've saved money for quality purchases - you'll now be able to afford them!
3. Be true to your body shape and size.
This is a tough one, and it requires you to use your inner compass. Walking into a store can be an overwhelming experience. Many stores work hard to market their brand, style and models on you.
Close your eyes and breathe. Why are you shopping? What do you want and need? Then shop for only those things.
Don't get caught up in trends - stylish people don't aim to look like everyone else - they work hard on finding what works for their body shapes, colours, and sizes.
4. Be true to your personality and don't limit yourself.
I cannot assert this enough: there are no rules. Be free to play and experiment.
I have committed all of the following 'faux-pas' and they have worked well for me. With plenty of complements received.
- Worn unconventional colours together - pink and red; red and green; pastels with neons
- Mixed menswear with womenswear - men's shirts, bow ties with dresses, high-tops with suits
- Worn clothes outside of my 'age category' - there is no such rule, each body and person is different
5. Make sure that you're happy with the fabric, stitching and lining.
Here's a quick trick: take the clothing and turn it inside out. If it doesn't look good on the inside, it's not good enough to buy. Lined clothes, and clothes that are well stitched are must-haves.
I've seen shoppers buy clothing with the stitching falling apart. Why?!
Only buy clothing made with fabrics that are good for you (more about fabrics in my next article). Natural materials are best.
In a desperate attempt to increase their profits, many designers have begun to increase their use of nylon and polyester into their pieces. This can be frustrating, because it's a bad habit that's sprouting up everywhere.
My rule of thumb is that if the product is mostly nylon and polyester, move on.
Those companies are not worth your hard-earned cash.
6. Accessories are an investment. Always.
A timeless bag. Some quality shoes. A good belt.
Never, ever spend money on accessories that are poorly made. You will notice. Everyone else will notice. And while this may be excusable while you're very young, I can assure it that it is not contributing to your self-image as you get older and wiser.
Good accessories actually get better with age - the leather beautifully transforms and changes with you.
They can make or break an outfit, and you know it.
Save your money, and buy these carefully.
7. Establish a maintenance routine.
Just like your beauty routine, which you have mastered by now I'm sure, you absolutely need to commit time each week to your clothing. Do it - put it in your calendar.
Go through your wardrobe and check for clothing that needs fixing, ironing/dry cleaning.
Always have a list of things that need fixing or staples you need to buy and focus your time on these.
It might sound like Grandpa's words but your shoes need to be cleaned, polished, and the soles fixed every so often.
'I like my money where I can see it - hanging in my closet.' Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & the City
You've spent a lot of money on your clothes, cheap or not.
Be happy with your investment!
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