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Do: Shop in your own closet
Rearrange once a month and be wowed with what you “find.” (We recently stumbled upon a denim jacket we hadn’t worn since 2000 and paired it with our new Alice + Olivia floral sundress for an updated 2014 look.)
Do: Make a list before you shop--and stick to it
Create a list based on needs, wants and budget. Sticking to it can be hard, but it guarantees you won’t buy unnecessary pieces or overspend.
Don’t: Go into a store to browse
You’ll go home with pieces that don’t make any sense, asking yourself, “Why, oh why, did I buy that Burberry capelet?”
Do: Make sure you can wear items to more than one event
Have a wedding coming up? A new frock is in order, but where else will you wear it? If you can’t come up with three more opportunities, pass on it and find a new piece you’ll wear more often.
Don’t: Let friends talk you into pieces you aren’t 100 percent in love with
And tell them up front that “I must love it” is your policy. They’ll be more attuned and helpful.
Do: Wear clothing that is easy to change in and out of
Maxi dresses are the best for shopping. And a strapless bra is a bonus on shopping days.
Don’t: Judge a piece on the hanger
Clothes always look better on your beautiful body than on a flimsy piece of plastic.
Do: Bring a girlfriend
Salespeople are nice, but your bestie will be much more honest.
Don’t: Buy something to “think about it”
Hell will freeze over before you return it.
Do: Buy more of what you love
Find a great pair of jeans? Buy two--one to wear during the day and one for evening date nights.
As fun as it seems, sometimes a shopping trip can become overwhelming.
Are we the oversized sunnies kind of gal? Do we already have a pair of white jeans in our closet--or do we need six more? And what are we going to wear to our cousin’s wedding next weekend?
Luckily, we’ve found our shopping Rx: Amy Havins, the head fashionista at Dallas Wardrobe--a style-consulting, closet-organizing, personal-shopping company.
Head to the slideshow to see some of her most surprising shopping dos and don’ts.
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