Addicted to Pinterest? You, me, and every other girl out there! I’ve wish many times that pinning clothing automatically made them appear in my closet, but sadly it just doesn’t work that way. Clothes shopping can be a daunting, often frustrating task, but if you’re trying to update your wardrobe (or maybe just add a few lust-worthy pieces) here are a few rules to consider before you head to the mall and drop your hard-earned cash:
1. Build a Wardrobe With Essentials
Before you go out and start buying the latest fashions you need to make sure that you have classic wardrobe staples that you can wear with anything. These are pieces that are high quality and are extremely versatile: think LBDs, pencil skirts, and plain tanks. Make sure that they actually fit you — dress for the body you have now!
2. Accept That You Have a Budget
This is both the easiest and most difficult part of shopping. Have you ever seen Say Yes to the Dress? One of the biggest mistakes that rookie consultants fall prey to is allowing a bride to try on a wedding dress that she can’t afford. Nine times out of ten the girl falls in love with the dress and nothing else after compares to it, causing her to leave empty-handed. Maybe that gorgeous cashmere sweater isn’t exactly the same as your wedding dress, but the concept still rings true. Don’t go hunting for pieces you can’t afford.
3. Spend Some, Save Some
This rule is closely linked to #2. While some pieces (like basics) are worth splurging on, that pair of neon pumps will probably not stay in style for too long. Think about all of the items that you want to buy for your wardrobe, and think about how important each piece is in the bigger picture of things. The clothes that you’re going to wear the most (like black slacks) are extremely important, and are worth a few more bucks if you need to get them tailored.
4. Buy Outfits, Not Just Pieces
Keep in mind what you already have that you want to keep. When you’re looking at new pieces, think about what you would wear them with. Do you already have those items or would you have to buy those as well? Don’t forget: when in doubt, plain colors and better than patterns because they match more things.
5. Only Buy Things That You Really Love
It’s like Sandra Bullock’s character, Leigh Anne Tuohy, says in “The Blind Side”:
Well, one thing I know about shopping is that if you don’t absolutely love it in the store, you won’t wear it.
Don’t settle for pants that just fit, keep looking until you find the perfect pair that flatter your body type. Don’t forget that when it comes to your professional wardrobe, a tailor can be your best friend!
6. Don’t Limit Your Style
I can’t tell you how many times my mom has forced me to try on something that looked absolutely terrible on the hanger that I ended up loving! Ladies, you don’t have to only wear black because you think it makes you look skinny and you can most definitely rock a mix of black and brown if styled carefully! Don’t be afraid to break some rules and try new things — you never know what you might fall in love with.
7. Be Realistic
If you are in love with that floor-length sequined pink dress but you have absolutely no reason or event to wear it to, let it continue to live at the store. I know it hurts, but some things are best to let live in our Pinterest dream closets…