These are the top 3 questions to ask yourself before purchasing ANY article of clothing. I drill this into my clients & friends & now YOU! It will help you become a smarter shopper with a more versatile wardrobe that you love.
1. DOES IT FLATTER MY SILHOUETTE
There is a big difference between if an article of clothing *fits* or if it FLATTERS! You either love how it makes you feel or you hate it. You may not be able to put into words WHY something works or doesn't work for you, but at least you can tell IF something works or doesn't work for your body. And when it comes to getting dressed, you will bypass that article of clothing that just fits for something that really flatters!
As you are trying pieces on, be true to yourself. Don't get lost in sales. Sales=Regret 90% of the time. And always ask yourself "Does it flatter my silhouette?" If it doesn't, keep on walking, girl! You WILL find something that flatters your body.
2. WILL IT COORDINATE WITH AT LEAST THREE OTHER PIECES IN MY WARDROBE?
Buying a new article of clothing shouldn't mean that you also need to buy more clothes to pair with it. As you are considering a new item, think about your current wardrobe: What would pair well with it? Do you have sufficient accessories or shoes that will help complete the look? If you can imagine a few different outfit options for each article of clothing you want to buy, then this will be a good piece to mix-and-match with your existing wardrobe.
3. IS IT SENDING THE RIGHT MESSAGE
Every item of clothing that we wear sends messages. From our earrings down to our shoes. Especially our shoes! Straight, angular lines will typically send messages of power, authority, maybe even intimidation. My mind instantly goes to the corporate workplace, where men & women are in fitted blazers with prominent collars and lapels. Their pants are pressed perfectly, and they're typically wearing darker colors.
On the flip side, curved lines and softer, more fluid fabrics will exude a more gentle and approachable message. Think Kindergarten teachers and nurses.
As you are purchasing pieces, ask yourself "What message is this sending?" and "Is this aligned with what I want to be saying to people?"
My hope is that these 3 questions will help you become more focused as you are shopping and help you become an overall smarter shopper. I want to help you make wiser purchases without the shopper's remorse.