Buying well means buying once. TIM GUNN. As with any important investment, success is more likely with good preparation. Every successful shopping trip begins with some preparation. Good clothes are expensive. Investing in the wrong items means both time and money wasted. My advice for every shopping trip is to precede with an inventory of your wardrobe. Knowing what is in your wardrobe will help you work out what you need.
- Try on any garment that you are uncertain about. If a garment doesn’t fit properly or if the colour is unflattering, give it to charity.
- Pick out all the items that are flattering and tells the story of your personal brand and make a note of any other pieces of clothing that would enhance them; Next,
- Take a look at current fashion trends in fashion magazines or websites. Don’t be seduced by a trend. Concentrate on elements of the trends that work for your personal style and brand; Next,
- Make a detailed list of what you need and want to wear in the current or forthcoming season. Be clear of your requirements for each item; colour, style, quality, quantity, etc; Next,
- Make a note of items that you want to go with something that is already in your wardrobe. Be clear of your requirements for these items – colour, style, quality, quantity, etc.