How To Shop When You HATE To Shop

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4. Go When it's Quiet and You Have Some Time

This may not always be possible, depending on your situation, but try to go whenrepparttar stores are nearly empty and you have a little time to look, like a weekday morning. Not only willrepparttar 138687 store clerks be more available to help, you'll have plenty of time to go throughrepparttar 138688 store inventory.

If you hate crowds or have to constantly monitor your watch as you shop, you're more likely to give up quickly or buy unsatisfactory pieces just to get it over with.

Simple solution: shop online.

5. Leave The Kids At Home

This may not always be possible, but if you can shop when they're at school, leave them with a sitter, or swap sitting duties with another mom so you each have free time, do.

6. Buy and Return

If you don't haverepparttar 138689 time or inclination to try on clothes before you buy them, go to a mirror, holdrepparttar 138690 clothes up in front of you and see how they look. If it looks like something you might like, testrepparttar 138691 size inrepparttar 138692 places it's most likely to give you trouble, likerepparttar 138693 shoulders, bust or hips, by grabbingrepparttar 138694 edge ofrepparttar 138695 garment and seeing where it hits onrepparttar 138696 side of your body. If it goes half way, chances are, you have a close fit. If it doesn't or if it goes beyondrepparttar 138697 halfway point, go up or down a size, respectively. Buy it, take it home, and try it on there. If it fits, keep it. If it doesn't, take it back.

7. Hire Help

If you truly don't want to attempt any of this on your own, or if you're after a certain look but don't haverepparttar 138698 time to track it down, hire a personal shopper. Many better department stores and boutiques have one on staff; just ask. Or, check online, inrepparttar 138699 newspaper, or inrepparttar 138700 phone book for freelance personal shoppers in your area. The Association of Image Consultants International

might also be able to recommend someone locally.

Whilerepparttar 138701 fee for department or boutique staff shoppers is usually free (they receive a commission onrepparttar 138702 clothes you buy from their store), most freelance shoppers will charge either an hourly or flat fee for their services, plusrepparttar 138703 cost of clothes. If that's what it takes to get you outrepparttar 138704 door, looking your best, with a minimum of stress, pay it. It will pay you back many times in increased confidence, reduced stress, and a workable, wearable wardrobe.

Shopping for new clothes should be an enjoyable event you participate in at least twice a year, to refurbish your closet forrepparttar 138705 new season. If you hate to shop or always wind up with stuff you don't need, try these tips to get your closet in order. Who knows? You may actually start to enjoy yourself!

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Why Classic Styles Offer the Best Clothing Value

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Examples of classics include:





Sleeveless Sheath

Tailored Jacket

Crisp shirt

Trench Coat

Kelly bag

Penny loafer

There are some years when these styles are more popular and some years when they're less, but they continue to sell well because they fit a variety of body types and offer a simple, unfussy silhouette. Get them in basic, solid colors, and you can wear them for years to come.

But won't you get bored withrepparttar “same old thing?”

Only if you have no imagination.

The neat thing about classics is that they not only look great all by themselves, they serve as a wonderful backdrop to flashier pieces. Add a snazzy jacket, funky hosiery, or a great pair of shoes, and you'll be able to brilliantly showcaserepparttar 138686 new piece using your classic staples as a backdrop.

Your friends, family, and coworkers will think you spend a fortune on your clothes, when in reality you're merely adding a few “to die for” pieces each year. It's a clever way to expand your wardrobe choices without overspending your budget or over-cramming your closet.

Sorepparttar 138687 next time you're in a quandary as to what to add to your wardrobe, opt for classics. They're clean, versatile, easy-to-wear, and makerepparttar 138688 most of your budget. Dressing well just doesn't get any easier than this!

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