When it comes to getting the best rate of return on your wardrobe, there are five non-negotiables to shopping smart and investing your hard earned money wisely.
Unfortunately, when it comes to shopping for clothing and accessories, busy and time-poor women often make impulse purchases. We all do it.
Maybe the piece was on sale, or we were in a hurry, or the shop assistant said it looked great!
But once we get it home, we either never wear it, or we wear it once and feel so uncomfortable that we don’t want to wear it again. Sound all too familiar?
My approach to your wardrobe is like any business investment. You need to see a return on your investment, or else it’s a waste of your time and money.
From countless years of dressing women, I have found that there are five non-negotiable keys to making the best wardrobe investments:
1. You have to love it!
When you try on a garment, you must LOVE it. If you’re already thinking “Hmm, I’ll take a photo and send it to a friend” then you’re not 100 per cent sure. When you put something on and it makes you feel great, you know instantly. Trust that instinct. If you’re not 100 per cent sure, move on.
2. It has to fit
Do not compromise on the fit, but do be open to a little alteration to make the garment further compliment your shape. For example, the smallest alteration to the length of a top or jacket, or a nip in the waist, can make a huge difference.
3. It must have quality fabric
Invest in the best quality fabric you can afford. The fabric must be resistant to creasing, comfortable and not stretch out of shape.
4. Choose colours wisely
The colour of your garment must complement your features, particularly your skin and hair tones.
Choose colours that make you pop. When you try something on, the colours should make you look alive. If a garment makes you look tired and worn, let it go.
5. It has to mix with your wardrobe
When choosing a garment, consider whether it will have multiple uses when you take it home.
You need to be able to mix and match the garment within your wardrobe in several different ways.
For example, a great jacket can be worn with a skirt, dress, pair of pants and even a pair of jeans.
Shopping smart is never about the trending fashion, the brand or about how much or how little you spend.