20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #16 & # 17

Hello Everyone

          Since we are still in the midst of sales, sales, sales —-everywhere! our next step is to avoid the temptations marked  ‘Reduced.’

#16 BEWARE OF SALES

          Of course you can find a bargain in a sale……but only if you are an experienced shopper.

          During sales more mistakes are made than any other time. Remember, it doesn’t matter how pretty a dress is, if you have no use for it………. IT’S NO BARGAIN. Say you find a lovely dress reduced to $80 from $400 (Who can resist a bargain like that? Not many of us) but if you have no occasion in the near future to wear it, it will just hang in your closet — and when months later you are invited and wonder what to wear, you remember the dress you bought a while ago. Getting it out of your wardrobe, probably still with the tag on it, you might ask yourself the following questions:

-Do I still like the dress?

-Is it still in style?

– Do I still feel that it is a new dress? (having seen it in my closet for months).

          Whatever the answer, you will probably wear the dress because you have it. Wouldn’t it be better to buy a nice dress NOW? – A dress that will fit your mood and the occasion? Nothing lifts your spirits more than wearing a brand new dress — don’t let a bargain spoil your fun.

          Sales are great when you can find an item that you need and can wear —-NOW!

#17 SPEND MORE MONEY ON

Coats

-Suits

-Accessories

These items should cost more than other things in your wardrobe. You will wear a coat or a suit longer than other thing. Spending more means better quality. Better quality means that you will look better and project a positive image.

          Accessories should not be cheap – a good scarf can always make a simple, inexpensive dress look good, but never the other way around.

More on accessories next week  — until then

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

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20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE # 12 AND #13

            Hello Everyone

            Has the heat kept you out of the stores the last few weeks? I know the worst thing to do , when we are all hot and sweaty is to try on a pair of pants, or anything else. But while you might be waiting for the cooler weather to take advantage of the sales, we can learn a little more on how to avoid a mistake.

            # 12 BUY OUTFITS OR SEPARATES THAT GO TOGETHER.

            Do not buy only a skirt or only a top. (Exception: if you are buying a piece to match something you already have.) Often a top and bottom are designed to be worn together. But when you buy only one piece you might never find a match. If you cannot afford a whole outfit or two matching pieces, discipline yourself to wait and save until you have money to buy what goes together.

          #13. TAKE TO THE STORE WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND A MATCH FOR.

          When you want to find a blouse for your new gray suit, wear it to the store and try the blouse with it. Or if you need a skirt to wear with your cream-colored shirt, take the shirt and put it on when trying the skirt you’re consider buying. This way you can avoid coming home with a blouse that doesn’t fit the style of your jacket, or a skirt that looks wrong with the cream-colored blouse.

           No, don’t be hard on yourself by thinking you should know. After all, it is difficult to remember colors exactly or to see what styles go together unless you see them in front of you. I remember a customer of mine, who each time we went through her wardrobe, brought out a skirt she had fallen in love some years back. Whenever I hinted that it was time to let it go, since she had not found a match in last 4 years, she answered: “Don’t worry, one day I will.” and so we hang it back. But eventually, I don’t remember if it was year five or six, she greeted me by saying, “This skirt is really starting to frustrate me, let’s just get rid of it.”

            So, don’t let a skirt frustrate you, just make sure he has a mate when you buy it.

Until next time

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

         

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #8 & 9.

Hi Everybody

Here are two more tips on how to buy what suits YOU BEST:

#8 LOOK AT YOUR WHOLE SILHOUETTE.

          When trying on a dress, or any other garment, — look at yourself. Does it do something for you? Does the color suit your complexion. Or is that beautiful print overpowering?

           I once watched a lady try on a dress that was very colorful. She loved it, but she looked only at the dress, never at her face. I asked her if she felt that the dress did something for her. Before answering she looked more carefully at herself, and saw that the bright colors washed out her pale complexion.

          You don’t buy a dress because it is beautiful, but because it becomes you –  because it makes you look better.

# 9. BUY THE SAME ITEM IN DIFFERENT COLORS.

          When you find a blouse, top or anything else that suits and fits you well, or a pair of pants that fit like a dream, think about buying more than one, in different colors. Nobody will notice that your white shirt and your forest green shirt are the same. This applies also to shoes and underwear – but make sure they really suit you and make you feel good.

Until next week

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #5, 6 and 7.

Hello Everyone

Have you had time to make your list since last week? Do you know what you need to add to your wardrobe?  —- Well, then let’s go shopping!

Here are the next three steps how not to have a another mistake join those hanging in your wardrobe.

#5. BUY BETTER QUALITY CLOTHES.

         You can’t afford them? YES, you can! How? By buying LESS. The advantages of buying better merchandise are:

          – It is cheaper because it lasts longer

          You feel better in a well-made garment

          It does not lose its shape, regardless of how long you have it

          It fits better

          Most important,  you will present a better image and feel better.

#6 NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITHOUT TRYING IT ON

            I know it is a nuisance to try things on – in the winter we don’t feel like getting undressed, and in the summer we feel hot and sometimes sticky — but even if you are a medium and the T-shirt you are looking at is marked medium, try it on. It could be cut small, and you really need a large. Or the style may not look as good on you as you had expected. If you have no time to try on, DON’T BUY IT.

            Of course, I know that you can ‘always bring it back’, but remember, it is time consuming to go back to the store – and should you not have the time to bring it back, you have spent your money on a garment you don’t wear – so please try on what you consider buying. You will be happy you did! It will save you time and money.

# 7. DON’T JUDGE A GARMENT ON THE HANGER

                                                            

          The look of a dress on a hanger should not influence you. It might look drab hanging there but stunning on you. Or it might be beautiful on the hanger, but not on you. Remember, try it on.

 Until the next time

 STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #1 & 2

“Hello Everyone!” today we are going to look at the first two,  of the 20 most common mistakes women make when it comes to their wardrobes – and let me start with a story about my friend Wendy.

She couldn’t wait to show her friend Linda the beautiful top she had bought on sale that morning. She rushed home to change before Linda arrived. Once at home, Wendy quickly unwrapped her purchase, cut the labels, and changed into her new blouse. Admiringly she looked at herself – but what about those pants? They really didn’t go with this blouse. Frantically she went through her wardrobe looking for a skirt or a pair of pants that would match. After several tries Wendy had to admit that she had nothing to match her new top. Disappointed, she took it off. She felt depressed. This wasn’t the first time she had bought something that she couldn’t wear with anything in her wardrobe. And worse yet: for many items she had never found the right match. These garments, filling up her wardrobe, made her feel helpless. With all the clothes she had, she always felt that she had nothing to wear.

Wendy was not alone. Most of us have a lot in our closets. Yet how many times do we stand there helplessly wondering what to wear. And many women believe that if they had more money their problems would be solved. NOT SO! Money alone is not the answer to your wardrobe problems.

But don’t despair. These costly and depressing mistakes can be avoided. How???

By planning your wardrobe and by developing good shopping habits.

Let us start with planning your wardrobe, and the first step is:

1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSETS.

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

–         Does this still suit me?

–         Do I still like it?

–         Do I still need it?

To answer these questions – of course, it helps to have a friend, or wardrobe consultant to do it with you, but alone or with somebody, the next step is:

2. TRY ON ANY GARMENT YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT.

Do you still feel good in the plaid skirt you bought two years ago? If the answer is yes – keep it. If the answer is no, there must be someone who could use it

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, and of course you must keep in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order and I will give you some time to do it, before going on to the next step – and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

Please let me know how you are doing – bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next Monday

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

GIVE IT AWAY

Giving my clothes away I enjoy as much as buying them. Maybe you don’t believe me, but it is true. Just this week my housekeeper went home with 2 silk dresses, a pair of leather pants and two tops. It is such a relieve to see them go. It means I don’t have to deal with them anymore. They are gone. They are out of my life. I won’t have to worry about them anymore. Oh, yes I worry about my clothes, especially those I don’t wear much. There they hang and each time I see them I have a bad conscience for not wearing them.
So when Maria walked out with the shopping bag, I thought ‘good riddance.’ They had been eliminated when I put my winter wardrobe away and out came the summer candidates – when I saw them again, actually I had forgotten that I had them – I thought ‘Oh, not that dress again’ – and without further hesitation – like how much did I pay for it – how much wear did I get out of it, I took a shopping bag, folded them carefully and put them in. Yes, even when I say goodbye to my clothes I treat them with respect, and hope the next wearer does the same, but once they are in the bag I never look inside again. Why do I say that? Because I have known women who went through cleaning out their wardrobe with a professional, only to put back half of what was eliminated. I even put the shopping bag out of sight until I see the person I give it to.
I know that many women cannot easily let go of what has been part of their wardrobe for many, many years, but a friend of mine has a slogan, that might help, “If you don’t wear it, let somebody else enjoy it.”
Thinking that you are doing a good deed will make it easier to separate yourself from that lovely Burberry jacket you bought on sale three years ago, and never really wore because it was a little snug, but you could not resist the bargain at the time – what a Burberry blazer for only $99?
Our emotions and our clothes are very connected, and often get us all mixed up and confused. Has it happened to you that in the morning you put on a dress and not feeling right in it you decided that this is its last day, when somebody came along and said, “Oh that looks nice on you!” – Now what? A remark like that can really mess us up, because now we have to reconsider, rethink. Maybe I am wrong – and why don’t I like this dress – what is the matter with me. Well, when in doubt for any reason, just remember they are your clothes and you can do with them what you want, and only you know how you feel in them- and furthermore your clothes are there for you and not you for them.
For some people it is easier to get rid of a friend, than a 10 year old coat. Don’t forget that your clothes are an extension of you and the minute, you have doubts about an item, it is usually time to let it go, because if you loved it you would have no doubts. Clothes are a little bit like people when you get second thoughts or it takes too much tucking and pulling and trying to make it look right – it is time to let it go.

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Another sign of too much clutter are our friends the coat hangers. When we can’t find one to hang our new blouse on they tell us that our wardrobe is overcrowded, and that it is time to clean out, to give away those leftovers from days gone by.
And after the cleanup, the now empty hangers in our closet, which make a ringing, clicking sound when we come close to them, are really telling us, “IT IS ALRIGHT TO GO SHOPPING AGAIN!”