Now that you have your closet all tidy with a few empty hangers just begging to be filled again it’s time to refill it, but with what? Here’s a story that will help.
Recently, a client made the decision to dress better. She had changed jobs, lost 30 pounds, felt like a new woman…and looked great. Since all of her clothes did not fit anymore, it was time to reinvent herself, but how?
Here’s what I suggested straight out of my e-book Chic on the Cheap – which helps you put together the wardrobe of your dreams when money is tight.
Establish a budget and then pick only 1 or 2 gorgeous pieces that you love and adore
This sounds simple but it really isn’t. You see, most of us would NEVER think of spending a lot of money on, say, one dress or one pair of shoes. We would rather buy multiple items on sale and feel good about getting a deal. The problem is when we just keep filling up our closet with things that are not of the highest quality, they tend to look cheap.
It may sound crazy but sometimes Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and the rest of those really expensive stores have super sales. They mark down items that you would never in a million years think of buying full price, or even looking at. I’m talking about things like a Prada purse, Chanel top or a pair of Tori Burch shoes that can go on sale, big time!
Here’s What happened:
The client had been to a conference where she had seen one of the speakers wearing a simple dress with a shiny buckle that said Prada. She thought the woman looked very classy and went home to see if she could find the dress. It was expensive – $825! Also, it was a style of dress that she never pictured herself in before. So she left it.
A year went by and she happened to be back at Neiman Marcus and saw the exact dress on the sale rack. She went in and tried it on. It fit perfectly and she felt wonderful in it because the fabric was gorgeous and it was so well made.
Done. She was going to go for it!
It was still a lot more money than she would have ever spent on a single dress, but she thought of all the ways she could wear it and all the events she could wear it to. Still feeling guilty, she bought it anyway.
This is totally normal by the way. If you are not used to buying top quality clothes paying big bucks for an item can be a hard pill to swallow. You will have buyer’s remorse for a while, so just expect it. You should remember, though, that if you have picked something classic and simple, a piece that you feel like a million bucks in and know that you can wear it a lot, you will be glad that in the end you went for it.
This client has worn her dress a few times already and has no regrets. She feels it was totally worth the splurge!
Of course you can apply this same ideas to a designer item at a consignment shop or an outift on e-bay at a fraction of the original cost, but it will take some extra time and effort.
This is just one style shopping tactic of many. Have you ever done this? How did you feel? Were you glad you did? Comment below.
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