Six Tips to Become a Better Shopper. These 6 tips will change your life.
Ah, shopping. It’s both a joy and a curse. Teen Vogue’s online fashion editor has been to the mall more than once, but you know what? Shopping is difficult for everyone, even me. (Even though we all might be as gifted as Cher Horowitz or other celebrities, shopping is not easy. I’ve put my practice to use and hopefully reduced the terror-filled days at the mall this year. Here are a few tips. These tips are available below. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I’ll be sure and get back to you!
Do not wait to shop until you are absolutely necessary. This “rule” is the most important, but also the most difficult to follow. All of us have fallen into the trap of a poorly-kept wardrobe, which has led to a need for a new version. Or maybe you have a family wedding this weekend and need to score that perfect modest-but-cool-but-also-elegant dress in two days. No matter what your situation, you won’t find it if you are looking for something very specific. This is how the universe works. It’s important to shop frequently and not buy in bulk. So if you find a vest of denim that is so versatile that it can be worn with almost everything, you should definitely get it. You’ll soon find that your wardrobe is balanced. Slow and steady wins, that’s what they say.
Don’t buy what you don’t need, but what you love. Although I believe there are some benefits to staples such as black pants, flat sandals, or a white button down, I don’t believe you should buy something because you believe you need it. A wardrobe can survive and thrive without a pair or tailored blazer, but plain black pumps are not the best option. You shouldn’t wear or buy tailored blazers and plain black pumps if they don’t make your heart happy. Whenever you find yourself in the dressing room grappling with the should-I-or-shouldn’t-I conundrum, just ask yourself one question: Do I love this? Although it sounds simple, I swear it works every single time. It’s amazing how many things you love can be combined and compliment each other without the need for a white V-neck.
It is possible to picture it. You should visualize it in your closet before you make a decision about whether or not to purchase something. While some people suggest that you should be capable of imagining at least three outfits to pair with it in order to make it worthwhile, I believe you are fine as long as you can only think of one. This is why: Tip #2 will be a definite plus. You only need one item to match it, and that’s all. You’ll be able to go out of your comfort zone and find more items that match that new piece. You can’t keep up with the changes in fashion.
Dress for (shopping success). I can assure you that there is no one who would rather shop in sweatpants with no makeup. It’s not a good idea. You’re setting yourself up for failure if you wear a dress that’s date worthy over a sports bra with unwashed hair and a shiny T zone. This is when you start to feel like “nothing looks great on me”, which, as we all know, can be very frustrating. You don’t have to be a sleazy beauty queen or wear a bodycon dress with platform heels to go to the mall. A simple, chic outfit that is easy to put on and take off (a T-shirt and Nikes) will suffice.
Try. It. On. You’ve probably heard it before. It’s true. It’s true! You don’t really know how something will look on you until it is actually on your body. Sometimes pieces look great on the hanger, but not on your body. You should also try on different silhouettes such as midi skirts and high-waisted pants, crop tops, crop tops, shift dress, and boxy tees. So you can get an idea of what styles work best for you, try on a variety of silhouettes (midi skirts, high-waisted trousers, boxy tees and crop tops). This will also help you when shopping online.
Learn when to save money and when you should spend more. A mix of brands and designers is key to creating a balanced wardrobe and budget. My motto is: My motto? Spend where it shines. Beautiful prints, exquisitely designed shoes and handbags made of lu leather look just as expensive as they do. Designer T-shirts on the other side, however, are not. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on Christopher Kane prints. Instead, shop for your tank tops or leggings at H&M.
Fashion to Make You Look Great
Fashion advice to style every look in your wardrobe will help you feel confident in your fashion sense.
- Create a capsule wardrobe. Have a few staples. A capsule wardrobe of mix-and match basics is key to looking well-put together.
- Make sure you have the perfect fit. Hiring a tailor is a great way to make any clothing item look extraordinary. Tailored clothing looks more polished and is also more comfortable. You won’t feel fashionable if your pants drag or your dresses bunch up in an awkward way. You can experiment with different sizes and styles if your capsule wardrobe is well-fitted.
- How to balance proportions. Style your clothes to create an aesthetic harmony. This is achieved by wearing clothes that fit your body. If you are looking to experiment with unusual shapes or large clothes, keep the rest of your look tailored. Try pairing tight crop tops with wide-leg jeans or puff-shoulder tops with straight-leg trousers.
- Discover your style. It can take many years to develop a style, but you can start by creating a moodboard. Personal style is an experiment. You never know what incredible looks you might find until you get in the dressing room. You shouldn’t be limited by the categories of “menswear”, “womenswear”, or “womenswear”. You can experiment with different colors and shapes to find the right fit for you.
- Learn how to shop for the exact items you desire and avoid having a cluttered closet. Style will be easy when your wardrobe is filled with pieces you love.
- Add a Belt. A belt can make an outfit appear more polished. You can also use it to balance out a look you might not like, such as a long cashmere sweater or a billowy midi skirt.
- Have fun with color. Start with one piece of color and keep the rest neutral. You’ll become more comfortable with color and learn which combinations work best for you. For inspiration, take a look at the color wheel.
- Mix textures and patterns. No more matching your shoes with your handbag. Clashing textures and bold prints are a fashion statement. You can start small with neutral patterns such as stripes or low-key textures such leather and knits. Then, add in sequins to small amounts (like a scarf or tie) until you find what works best for you.