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How To Dress Yourself

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar…

“I’ve got a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear.”

“I go shopping but come home empty handed or buy the same things.”

“I get dressed but never feel put together.”

“I don’t feel comfortable in my own clothes.”

“I’m confused, frustrated and a little discouraged.”

Whether you’ve raised your hand or not, I can pretty much guarantee that at least one of these statements rings true. Hey, as a Stylist even I can relate. Sometimes you know what the problem is but don’t know how to solve it. So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? You go back to basics.

Step 1. The first thing to do is get clear on your style. You need to know what’s you and what’s not. This isn’t something anyone else can help you with. It’s got to come from within. You can always get help fine tuning later, but the likes and dislikes need to be all yours.

Not sure what your style is? Start observing others, browse through the shops, take a look on Pinterest or Instagram. Start compiling photos or images of items that catch your eye or that you like. Once you’ve got a number of them, look for similarities or try defining them with words that describe the look or feel of the style.

Don’t worry if you find that you have more than one style. Most of us do. Just get very clear on the absolutes or you’ll never be able to shop effectively, dress in a way that feels like you or feel comfortable in your own clothes.

Step 2. The second thing to do is learn how to dress for your body shape. If you’re wearing something that doesn’t suit your shape or if you don’t know how to wear it so that it does, it’s not going to look good on, and you won’t feel good in it.

Furthermore, if you don’t know which cuts or styles suit your body shape, you won’t know what to buy. Shopping will continue to be a challenge and you’ll end up doing what you always do – buying the same things and being disappointed when you still feel like you have nothing to wear.

Step 3. Once you’ve got the first two steps sorted, it’s time to clean out your closet. Get rid of all the clothes that aren’t suited to your style or your shape. Leave behind only the very best pieces for you.

The last thing you need every single morning is to rifle through a bunch of clothes, trying to figure out which work for you and which don’t. How frustrating and time consuming is that?

Step 4. The last step is to learn how to put outfits together. If you consider yourself completely useless when it comes to this final step, don’t be discouraged. Either get some help or do some research. Flip through some magazines or hop onto the internet to find outfits that you like and dissect them. Break them down to see which pieces are used and how they’re worn.

When it comes to creating outfits, the key words here are layering and accessorizing. Many women feel that their outfits are incomplete because they don’t take this final step. Think of it this way — putting clothes on and being dressed is like a simple, plain cake. Layering and accessorizing are the icing and decorations. Sure the plain cake will do, but how much better will the fully iced and decorated one look?

Can you see how important it is to go back to basics when you’re feeling stuck or struggling? If you don’t have the fundamentals figured out, you can’t possibly shop or get dressed with ease, and you definitely won’t feel good in your clothes.

So the next time you find yourself standing in front of your closet, confused, frustrated and a little discouraged, remember this — go back to basics, start from scratch, and you’ll be the best looking cake on the block. With sprinkles of course

Tips To Layer Your Wardrobe Into Fall

It’s that time of year again. September rolls around, kids are back in school, and the weather starts to cool. Regardless of the fact that Toronto is currently experiencing gorgeous, warm sunny days, the mornings and evenings are getting a little nippy and it’s time to start changing the way we dress. So what’s the best way to transition your outfits from hot Summer weather to the brisk days of Fall? Layers.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to stop wearing my summer clothing — that time will come soon enough. So for now, while the days are still warm and we’re merely coping with minor fluctuating temperatures, the best way I know how to deal (and what I recommend to my clients) is that we layer up.

Layering can be as simple as throwing on a cardigan or a long sleeve shirt over your outfit when it’s cool and then taking it off or tying it around your waist or hips when it warms up. Or it can be adding another topper like a vest and then throwing a blazer or jacket (bomber and varsity are big for Fall) on top of that. All depends on the thermometer and what look you’re going for.

 

Or you can do the whole dress-over-pants thing. Just make sure that if you do attempt this look, that you take a good look at yourself in the mirror (front and back) to see how the pants sit underneath (that they’re not making the dress bulge in bizarre and unflattering ways). Also, make sure that you’ve got your proportions in check and that there’s a method to your madness (so to speak). You want it to look like it’s an “outfit” kinda thing as opposed to a “my mom made me wear my pants under my dress cuz it’s cold out” kinda thing. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Generally speaking, when layering, you’ll want to vary textures and fabrics. Typically, the layers closest to your body should be the thinnest fabrics and sit closest to your body. You then increase thickness and bulk the further you move away from your body. If you wear something extremely thick and bulky underneath a thinner, more streamlined or form-fitting garment, it can look odd and like you’re bigger than you truly are. You’ll also want to vary lengths too. If you’re layering, don’t hide it. Let people see what you’ve got going on. Varying the lengths of the pieces you’re wearing makes if obvious that you have multiple items on.

Accessories are also part of the layering equation (and can complete an outfit), so don’t forget them when getting dressed. Scarves are great to throw on when the thermometer drops and are just as easy to take off when the day gets warmer. Tuck your scarf into your bag when you don’t need it, or wrap it around the handle. Super versatile.

Layering’s great – not only does it serves a purpose, but it adds interest and depth to what could be a very simple or plain outfit. One of the best things about layering is that it stretches your wardrobe. Gone are the days of having to completely switch out your Summer and Winter wardrobe. When you layer, you can easily wear some of your warm weather clothing into the cooler months. A stretched wardrobe means a stretched dollar. And who doesn’t want their dollar to go further

The Best Fashion Tips

Know Thy Body: Know your measurements before you shop. Not only will it cut down the time you spend trying on clothes, it will help you choose outfits that fit your body perfectly. Among the most important body parts to measure are your bust, chest, hips and waist. Source:iVillage.com

Don’t Go Too Tight Or Too Loose: Dressing for your size doesn’t just mean nixing clothes that are too tight from your wardrobe. It also means you shouldn’t wear clothes that are too baggy. Both will make you look frumpy.

Make Sure You Can Walk In Them: There are some occasions we’d sacrifice comfort for fashion. After all, four inch heels guarantee that legs-for-miles look. But if it looks better than it actually feels on your foot, you probably won’t wear it. Don’t waste your money (or endure the pain). Source:The Fashion Spot

Peek-A-Boo Isn’t Cute: Button down blouses are intended to do one thing and one thing alone — stay buttoned down. It looks sloppy if we can see what lies beneath your shirt.

Be A Lone Wolf: Shop solo. You’ll be able to concentrate more on hunting down exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll save a lot of time while you’re at it too. Source:In Style

Remove Lint: A lint roller is a must-have (cat lovers, you know what we’re talking about). Give your outfit a few quick swipes before heading out the door (don’t forget your back and behind your legs) to catch any unwanted hair and dust on your clothing.

The Power Of Peplum: Worried about your waist or hips? Try peplum for an instant slimming effect. It flatters every figure and does wonders at hiding unsightly bulge.

Try On Three Sizes, Not One: Shoe sizes vary among designers and brands. Start by trying on your usual shoe size, then try on one pair that’s a half-size smaller and a second pair that’s a half-size larger. When in doubt, buy the shoes that are a half-size larger. Source:The Fashion Spot

Know Your Colours: Know which colours will flatter you the most by figuring out if the undertones in your skin are either warm or cold. The experts at The Fashion Spot say women with cool undertones look best in white, black, gray, silver, and shades of blue. Women with warm undertones will be dazzling in shades of yellow, gold, brown, green and red. Source: The Fashion Spot

Organize Your Closet: Organize your closet. This way you’ll be able to see what you own (and actually wear it). Separate your clothes by garment. Figure out what what can be folded neatly and what needs to be hanged. Make sure you get the right hangers for shirts, skirts and pants. Use storage shelves to store your purses and intimates and buy a shoe rack. For more detailed instructions on how to tackle this task, check out what our friends at Lucky Magazine have to say. Source: Lucky Magazine

Double-Sided Tape Is A Dream Come True: Keep plunging necklines in place and prevent any fashion mishaps with this godsend. We double-swear by double-sided tape.

Invest In A Quality Iron: A quality iron is an absolute must to ensure you don’t damage your clothes. Get one with a range of settings that can conquer even the toughest wrinkles, but gentle enough to iron over delicate fabrics. Because there are so many irons out there, the folks at Real Simple have made it easier for you to decide on one that will meet your needs. Check out their list of the top 40 irons they tried.

Get Chic With An Ultra Cute Umbrella: Rain or shine, we are always trendy. Get yourself a colourful, knock-out umbrella that makes you stick out.

Work Out Stylishly: Come on, let’s be serious, the gym can be an intimidating place with so many buff, sweaty bods. We’d be lying if we didn’t say we never wore mascara before lacing up. But hitting the gym shouldn’t make you fret. It should make you feel good. Getting some trendy workout clothes that fit your body will make you feel more confident and encourage you to break a sweat.

Organize Your Jewelry: Store all your jewelry in a jewelry box. You’re less likely to lose them when they have a home. Not only will they be easier to find in one handy location, you’ll remember what you already own so you don’t buy pieces you don’t need. Your jewelry will also last much longer when it’s protected.

Alter Your Clothes: It’s important when you’re investing in articles of clothing that become staples, like blazers and pants, that you have them tailored. It will ensure your money is well-spent, will make the piece that much more special and will make you feel great every time you wear it. After all, it only fits you.

Help Boots Stand Tall With Wine: Wine bottles have another use — place them inside your boots to make them stand upright. Source: Real Simple

Know Your Neckline: Making note of what works for you and what doesn’t is key and neckline plays a huge roll in this. The neckline is the part that shows off your pretty face, so be sure to get it right.

Know Your Arch: Shoe shopping? Make sure you know your arch type. In an interview with the folks at The Fashion Spot, Erica Lynn Stanley, design director of …me Too shoes, said the best way to determine your arch is to step on a piece of paper after wetting the bottom of your foot. You can determine whether you have a normal, flat or high arch by examining your wet footprint. If the middle part of your footprint doesn’t show up, you have a high arch, but if you can see most of your footprint then you have a fairly flat arch. Your arch is normal if you see half of your wet footprint. Source:The Fashion Spot

Donate Clothes You’ll Never Wear: Stop hoarding. If you haven’t worn it recently, then you probably never will. To help decide if you should toss it or not, the experts at Apartment Therapy suggest you answer the following questions: Do you like cut, fabric and colour? Are you comfortable wearing it? Does it fit you now (no, not if you lose 3 inches off your waist in the next month)? Can any damages like stains or holes be fixed? Do you have more than one place to wear it? Can it be combined with other articles of clothing in your closet? When was the last time you wore it (if it’s been over a year, nix it)? Source: Apartment Therapy

Learn To Pack Lightly: Packing lightly is an art. Unless you’re walking a runway in Milan, you won’t need more than just a few key ensembles. The folks over at Apartment Therapy stick to this rule-of-thumb: If you’re going away for one week, pack three bottoms and 3 shirts per bottom. For two weeks pack five bottoms. For every dress you pack, you can lose a shirt and a bottom.

Nix The Change Purse: Change purses can be useful, but if yours rarely sees daylight, either because you don’t put change in it, or worse, never take change out of it (this is just dead weight), then it’s time to say goodbye.

Body Shapers: Thank goodness body shaping has evolved from Victorian waspies to Spanx (after all, we want you to be able to breathe). Body shapers are ideal for hiding excess bulge (who likes the sight of love handles or muffin tops?) and allows clothes to glide on smoothly.

LImit Accessories: We love accessories, but we have to draw the line somewhere. If you’re throwing yourself an arm party, then it might be better to steer clear of too many rings. If you’re wearing large earrings that scream for attention, then you might want to forgo an equally radiant necklace — they will only work against each other.

Purse Essentials: A purse isn’t just a fashion statement. It’s main purpose is functional. You carry it around wherever you go so it needs to contain some essentials: your wallet, a pen, pain killers, hand sanitizer, tissues, make-up essentials (we personally won’t leave the house without lip stick and/or lip balm), hand cream, gum or breath mints, tampons or maxi pads (no one wants to be caught off guard during that time of the month), and for those of you who spend lengthy bouts talking, texting or gaming, bring your phone charger along.

When In Doubt, Overdress: There’s nothing worse than showing up an event underdressed. Maybe the invite didn’t specify or involved the word casual — but everyone else dressed up not so casually. If you don’t know what the dress code is, overdress. There’s no harm in looking too pulled together, but you’ll feel uncomfortable if you think you look out of place.

Wear Nice Underwear: Wearing nice underwear every day will make you feel special. Sure, not everyone gets to be so lucky and see how nice your underwear is, but you’ll know. Also, be sure to get your bras fitted — often. It will make your clothes hang better and be infinitely more comfortable.

Sharpen Your Sewing Skills: Have a mini sewing kit at home or in your purse. This way you can salvage your favourite blouse or pair of pants by patching up minor tears with some simple needle and thread action.

Get Some Stay-Up Thigh-Highs: Sometimes pantyhose creates an unsightly bulge around our mid-section (ladies, you know what we’re talking about). To eliminate this altogether, why not use substitute pantyhose with stay-up thigh-highs? They’ll do exactly what pantyhose does, minus the bulge.

Use Nail Polish To Stop A Tear In Its Tracks: Pantyhose is notorious for ripping. We’ve been victim to this fashion mishap one too many times. Until someone invents pantyhose that won’t tear at the slightest tug, we’ve got a temporary fix. Just dab clear nail polish on both ends of the rip and it should keep it from getting larger.

Work Clothes Need Not Be Frumpy: Just because you have to dress office casual doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Find well-tailored pieces and incorporate accessories and colour to create a more exciting look.

Take Care Of Your Undergarments: To extend the longevity of your bra and ensure a perfect fit each time, you’ll need to take care of them properly. The experts at La Vie En Rose recommend you wash your bras by hand to ensure they lasts as long as possible. If you opt for machine washing, unhook your bra to prevent it from twisting and turning. You may also want to use a wash bag which will separate and protect your bras from the rest of your clothes. Make sure you select a delicate or permanent press cycle, and whatever you do, do not use detergent. It’s way too harsh and will damage the cup, lace and elasticity of your bra. You might want to try using Forever New Fabric Wash. Air dry your bras by hanging them. Source: La Vie En Rose

If You Feel Uncomfortable, You Probably Look Uncomfortable: Your confidence is affected by what you’re wearing, as sad of a thought as that might be. So if you’re feeling self-conscious about your outfit, you’re likely to be tugging at it or double-checking that everything is in place all day and night.

Invest In A Good Wallet: It may spend most of its time in your purse but your wallet is just as important as your purse. Need we remind you of #ThatAwkwardMoment when you’ve pulled out a lifeless, ragged wallet from your designer purse? There’s nothing more embarrassing. Invest in a quality wallet, one that reflects your signature style.

Don’t Overdo Belts: The belt is meant to give you a waist or hold your pants up. There are times however, the belt should be left at home. If an outfit is already fitted, there is no need for a belt. If you are wearing pants but feeling like belting the shirt, it looks a little odd. Use belts sparingly rather than often.

Pretty PJs: You’ve spent all day looking lovely, so why not go to bed looking pretty too? Falling asleep is all about comfort so rest assured, pretty pajamas don’t mean uncomfortable ones. Lose the oversized shirt or baggy sweats for lightweight pajama bottoms and top. Who knows? You might sleep easier.

Less Really Is More: Indecent exposure isn’t classy. Celebrity stylist Jen Rade, who has dressed many beauties including Angelina Jolie, told In Style that only one body part should be exposed at a time. If you’re baring your decolletage, don’t also show off your legs. Remember ladies, a little bit of mystery is alluring. Some things are better left to the imagination. Source: In Style

Add Shine To Your Step: If you’re out of shoe polish, the staff at Woman’s Day suggest rubbing a bit of lotion on your shoes. It works well on the tips of pointed shoes and increases the longevity of leather by keeping it supple. Source: Woman’s Day

Watches Are Timeless: Sometimes the thought of throwing on an arm party first thing in the morning can be intimidating, which is why watches are awesome. They are classic and can represent your personality. And if you invest in a good one, it could last you a lifetime.

Make Lists: If you love shopping, then make lists your best friend. They will make your life easier. Not only will they keep your focus on the items you actually need, they’ll cut down the amount of time you spend shopping and prevent you from making impulse purchases (we hope).

Ready-To-Wear Ensembles: Have ready-to-wear ensembles hanging in your closet (yes, even the shoes and if you’re really keen, the accessories too). They will come in handy when you either have absolutely nothing to wear or when you’re in a rush to pull an outfit together. It’s better to have a few for different occasions — one corporate, one casual and one glamourous look. You can thank us for this tip later.

How To Wear Denim On Denim: The style experts at Refinery 29 say that doubling up on denim can work if you wear dark slim-fitting pants and a lighter slim-fitting top. You might want to break up the jean look by adding a cute belt. Source: Refinery 29

Stock Up On Basics: Known your essentials and stock up. These include white and black blouses, a little black dress, high heels, red lipstick, diamond studs, blue jeans and anything else that has a central role in your style. Remember, these looks are timeless so investing in certain items that are more expensive but higher in quality may be wiser because they will last longer.

Try Everything On: Make sure you always try clothes on when you shop. Yes, we get lazy doing this over and over again but it’s a necessary evil. Sizes change depending on fabric, designer and store. You might also want to bring along your own accessories and shoes (or use some at the store) to get a better sense of how the complete outfit will look. You’ll also save yourself the hassle of returning or exchanging an outfit that doesn’t look right if you try it on before buying it.

Don’t Pretend It Fits: We’ve all been there, standing in the dressing room and convincing ourselves that the button will magically stay closed when we get home (and then, of course, it doesn’t). These are the times where we have to accept that our bodies have changed in one way or another, and buy clothes that fit. Because you know what happens to the clothes that don’t fit (cue garbage bags being dropped off at Goodwill here).

Go Green: Green is this year’s hottest hue according to Pantone so go wild. If you’re not a fan of it (or colour in general), try incorporating it into your outfits in small doses with a green purse or some green accessories like a scarf or bracelet.

Go Nude When You Wear White: White is a tricky colour to wear, so if you’re wearing white pants, don’t wear black or white underwear because it will still be visible through your pants. Instead, buy nude underwear. It’s more discreet. Source: Oprah Style

Depill A Sweater With Sandpaper: Gently rub sandpaper on your beloved sweaters to get rid of any unsightly pills. Our friends over at Apartment Therapy have tried it and they swear it works. Source: Apartment Therapy

Take Care Of Leather: Real leather is expensive, so it makes sense to take care of it. But often this is one thing we overlook. Soon our favourite boots are destroyed and have salt stains from the dreaded winter. It only takes a few extra minutes to get our prized leather goods ready for bad weather so it’s something to start doing…now.

Dress Your Age: Janice Dickinson doesn’t look 57, but she is. We’re not going to lie, she looks great, but let’s face it, it’s a tad tacky when 50-somethings try sporting an outfit you’d normally find on 20-somethings — and vice versa. However, tinsel town allows celebrities more leeway than the real world does for us ordinary folk. As a rule of thumb, stick to age appropriate attir

Some Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

It’s Friday night and you’re searching through your wardrobe to put together the right outfit, but you just can’t seem to find anything that matches. Sound familiar? This is the kind of struggle all women have, but things don’t have to be too complicated. You can make your life a lot easier with some clever fashion tips that allow you look your best in any occasions. You can adjust your choices based on your personal style, body type and personality, but most of these tips will work for any of woman out there.
1. Old things must go!

This is where you should start – there’s no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a good look at your clothes. You should ask yourself one simple question – if you were in a store right now, what items from your closet would you buy? It’s a very simple and quite efficient game you should play once in a while. If you want to stop spending hours in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and color coordinated – hoarding clothes always leads to a mess. All clothes you decide need to go shouldn’t be thrown away – donate them! That way, you’ll feel good about it.
2. Big event coming? Shop with a plan

Whether you’re getting married, or you’re simply attending a black-tie event, you’ll definitely spend a lot of time searching for the right outfit. In order to be efficient and be happy with your choice, you should go shopping with a proper hairstyle, makeup and shoes, so you can see the bigger picture. Also, don’t forget to put on some nice underwear – you don’t want to dismiss a dress that doesn’t look good on you because you haven’t paid attention to your panty line.

3. Extend the life of your cashmere

The fact of something is called cashmere shouldn’t mean much, so the first step towards a long and happy life of an item made out of cashmere is purchasing a quality item. This material can be processed in many different ways, so you could easily end up with an overpaid poor quality sweater. However, there are some indicators that can show you what are you looking at. First, you should be looking for thick knitted garments, and second, try stretching it – if it pulls back, it’s a good type of cashmere. Chances are, you’ll pay good money for any quality cashmere item, so you should take care of it, which means washing it in cold water by hand.
4. Stretch new shoes painlessly

There are different ways to avoid calluses, which can really make your day difficult. Most of those problems come from high heels, right? Up until now, I’ve tried different kinds of methods, and the most effective one includes the freezer, believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes, and put them into your freezer to stay overnight, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in the morning.
5. Dress it up in a couple of seconds – bow tie, clip on earrings on flats

We’d all appreciate it if the days were a bit longer, but regarding the fact that’s not about to happen, you should use all kind of trick and tips in order to dress up quickly. A nice touch is always a bow tie – you can make it work with almost anything. If you don’t have any heels near buy, you could class up your flats by placing clip on earrings on them.

6. Be smart when you buy a jacket

Purchasing jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule – it needs to fit your shoulders. If it’s too tight or too wide, leave it in the store, because this is one thing that’s very difficult to alter, even if you have a good tailor by your side.
7. The rules of showing skin

Speaking of rules, we should mentioned those regarding showing skin. It’s pretty simple – show one body part at a time. So if you’re showing your cleavage, pay attention you’re not combining that with miniskirts, and the other way around. Looking and feeling attractive shouldn’t be based on how naked you are. A little bit of mystery is always a nice touch.
8. Treat yourself like a queen

Beauty is connected with health more than you think. Taking care of your health starts with resting – no matter how many responsibilities you have during the day, you shouldn’t let them intervene with your sleep time. You’ve probably heard about something called beauty sleep, and you should know it isn’t a myth. So, invest in your beauty and health by encasing your bed with pure silk.
9. Make clothes work for you

You know how some people simply know how to wear the right clothes? There’s no mystery there, and actually, you could pull it off, too, by just thinking about what you’re wearing a little bit more. It all depends on how your body is built – you should tend to accent your features in the right way. For example, wearing V neck will make your torso look longer, and wearing nude pups will do miracles for the length of your legs. Embrace your shape and learn to love all its imperfections.

10. Having trouble with jeans?

You can’t have a fashionable clothing collection without jeans, but it can be hard balancing trendy ones with those which fit you perfectly. The first rule of buying jeans, no matter the type, is that when you’re in doubt regarding the size, you should always go with the smaller size – they’ll stretch after only two washes. If your daily outfit usually consists of jeans, having a glue gun is necessary. It’s a simple way to do your stitches and hams, it doesn’t cost much and you can decorate your denim whatever you find it suitable. When it comes to altering them, make sure you’ve washed them twice before you visit your tailor. A piece of advice – all hems of your jeans should go up to the tops of your shoes.
11. Say no to makeup & deodorant stains

These kind of stains are not just unattractive, but also hard to wash. No matter how much we pay attention to avoid them, they have an annoying tendency to appear, right? When it comes to more expensive materials, I strictly advise to wash the stained part with warm water and if that doesn’t help, dampen that garment in water with some detergent. Most of new stains will come off if you just rub it with baby wipes on oil base.
12. Accessorize with bold colors

Accessorizing is what actually gives an outfit a personal touch. The way you accessorize is an important part of your style. Most of garments in your color are probably (and should be) in neutral colors, so you can combine them when you find it suitable. So, when you’re purchasing accessories, you should be free to get them in wild colors. Also, don’t be afraid to clash together different materials, like edgy chains with pears and feathers, perhaps. An interesting addition to accessorizing somehow everyone tends to forget are buttons – try switching a set from your garment with the one you choose. It doesn’t require any special sewing skills, and it fits any kind of budget. You should know that accessorizing rounds out an outfit, so try to find time to put on a couple of items.

13. Stock up on scarfs

Speaking of accessorizing, the classiest one you can put on is a scarf. They come in different shapes, colors, sizes, materials and forms, so you’ll be able to find a type you’ll like, for sure. It’s the fastest way to accessorize, and it can turn every outfit looking like million bucks.
14. A comfortable outfit is a must for a fun night out

If you don’t pick out your clothing items carefully, you might end up fixing up your outfit every couple of minutes, unable to have any fun at all. Start by choosing shoes which are comfy, and coordinate your outfit with them. Make sure all items fit perfectly, so that nothing is slipping. Also, experts recommend carrying a sturdy chain bag, so your hands can remain free.
15. Working with a limited budget

The hardest part of shopping is deciding when it’s enough. It’s more than easy to be carried away, but with a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to make it work. Start by making a list of items you need. Second step is to look for possible discounts, or some coupons you might have. However, don’t buy something just because it’s cheap – the chances you won’t put it one more than twice. Remember, cost-effective and cheap are not synonyms. It’s important to stick with your schedule, and make a type of agreement with yourself. Also, always pick quality before quantity. If you’re in doubt should you purchase an expensive item, make sure to check its lining – if you’re able to notice its quality, take it. A nice lining is a signature of designer clothes

Get A Return On Your Investment When Shopping

Being a stylist can be the most satisfying job: you get to have fun with fashion, stay on top of trends, and live out your style fantasies during the shoots. It can also be an exercise in self control unlike any other. I could not even begin to count the times that I want to keep a piece that I bring to a shoot or for a client (or two pieces or ten…) With current trends changing faster than a hare racing to the finish line, shopping can become a daunting experience.

So how to do you shop in a way that maximizes your return on investment?

There are a few ways that can guarantee that you not only invest in pieces that you can get a lot of use out of but pieces that can make your closet more dynamic. Having a closet that is actually functional can help you redefine both your daily life and your future success. If you exercise these very easy to follow steps every time you go shopping, you should have no problem turning a closet that is “blah” into a closet that rocks your world!

1. Shop with a friend.

The first thing I tell my clients after we shop together is to work with a buddy system until they comfortable shopping on their own. Shopping on your own can be a difficult process (not to mention boring) and having a friend around to narrow down options with you can really help. Make sure if you bring a friend with you it is a friend that understands your style needs and actually enjoys shopping. There’s nothing worse than feeling under pressure if you’re shopping with someone that just wants to leave.

2. Bring some of your regularly worn pieces with you.

We all have pieces in our closet that we normally reach for, that little black tee, the pair of jeans we live in, or even the scarf we can’t leave the house without. Bringing some of those items with you when you’re updating your wardrobe can help you pick other items that fill easily fit into your regular rotation. Choosing new pieces that work well with your regulars will guarantee that they will fit well with a large percentage of your other current wardrobe staples. And if you don’t feel like carrying your bulky items with you, take some pictures on your phone in natural light and bring those with you.

3. Layer, layer, layer.

Make sure you take some time to style any piece you are considering purchasing. Try to envision different ways of wearing the piece to see if you can multi-task it. If you’re buying a shirt then grab some bottoms, blazers, and jewellery and play around. Dress the shirt up for a night out and dress it down for a casual weekend. If you can see it working in more than one scenario then chances are it’s a good buy.

4. Buy pieces that are multi-seasonal.

Purchasing a few small pieces that are on trend for the season is fine if you need to accessorize your outfits but don’t blow your budget on pieces that you can only use one season at a time. Instead, invest in items that can take you through at least two seasons to make sure you get the most out of your purchase. Tops that can be layered in colder weather are always a good buy, the same goes for dresses that work well with boots and pumps.

5. Don’t be afraid of tailoring.

People often walk away from clothing that might not be a perfect fit. This is probably one of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen my clients make. If you love something and can see its potential then consider having it tailored. When you’re shopping, bring some pins with you and use them to alter the fit of an item. And don’t be afraid to tailor inexpensive pieces! How much a product costs has no relevance on how you treat it. I’ve had pieces tailored that I found at thrift shops and they’re the ones I get the most compliments on