An oldie-but goodie style book I often turn to is In Style: Instant Style. It’s got loads of pictures and common-sense advice, as well as a gazillion checklists. I adore checklists, being ever-so-slightly OCD. OK, quite a bit OCD, but I do not alphabetize food items in the pantry.
The book’s advice for no-regrets shopping includes these helpful tips. I’ve modified them a little to make them applicable to online shopping:
- Shop for the here and now. “Never shop thinking, I’ll lose a little and it will fit. Buy for the moment you’re in.” I do well with this one. I like to buy only what feels good on my body, not what will make me feel uncomfortable or negative about myself.
- Know your price. “When you find a miracle worker, buy at full price. As for the sales rack: it’s not a bargain if you won’t wear it.” Hmmm, I could improve here. I seem allergic to paying full price, but I know I have passed up some great classics, like the perfect V-neck cashmere sweater, or fabulous boots, by shying away from the “investment.”
- Don’t give in. “Ask yourself the key questions: Do I love it? Do I feel great in it? Does it fit me? Does it flatter me? Does it go with at least two other pieces in my closet?” This one really says it all about smart shopping. Especially: Do I Love It? I tell myself while shopping that I have plenty of “you’ll do” pieces already. If you’re coming home with me, there’s gotta be love.
Have you any tips to add for no-regrets shopping?
For my fellow list-lovers, here’s a checklist for a Fall/Winter wardrobe, from the same book:
|I’d skip the turtleneck, switch trousers for more skirts, and change out
kitten heels for wedges. Oh, and no long winter coat needed : >