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Shopping for Yourself

Shopping for yourself does not have to be a chore if you are armed with some shopping tips.

  • Always start with a plan. Look through your closet before you go shopping to determine what you already have and what you need to buy. Keep in mind what "basic separates" can be paired to create a variety of different outfits.
  • Sit down and devise a budget for yourself. Don't just decide how much money you have to spend in total, but how much you can afford to spend on each individual item.
  • If you need to shop for a special event like a graduation ceremony, prom, or a party, always start early. Give yourself at least two weeks before the event to start your shopping.
  • If you are going to buy a dress, figure in the fact that once you have the dress, you will then need to find the right pair of shoes and the appropriate accessories to pull the look together.
  • When you go shopping, either bring in hand or dress for what you are looking to find. In other words, if you are looking for a strapless dress for a summer social occasion, then wear a strapless bra, unless you need to buy those accessories as well.
  • Always wear simple, uncomplicated clothes to go shopping in. There is nothing worst then standing in a tiny cubicle of a dressing room and struggling to get in or out of your clothes in order to try on something new.
  • If you are buying something special, make sure your hair is styled nicely and your makeup looks good so you will have a better idea of how you will look on the evening of the event.
  • Shop for yourself, by yourself. It just makes things that much easier. If you must have a second opinion, from a friend or family member, then put the piece of clothing on hold if you can, and bring the other person back to see it as soon as possible.
  • Stay on target with what you want to buy and how much. Do not allow yourself to be swayed by sales or promotions. If you do, you will likely ruin your budget and chastise yourself later.
  • Never buy a piece of clothing without trying it on first. It is such a hassle to have to return something later. Once you have it on, don’t just stand there. Move around and see if it works with your body.
  • Look at yourself from a variety of angles and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Does the item fit well?
  2. Do all of the buttons and zippers work properly?
  3. How do I look in this item and is it really me?
  4. What accessories do I need to go with it?
  5. Can I afford it?

When you finish asking yourself these question, you can either buy the item or move on to something else.



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