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Top Mistakes Women Make Shopping at Outlet Stores

Do you love outlet shopping?  If so, beware… you might think you are saving money when you are probably spending more and coming home with nothing that satisfies your urge to have something wonderful to wear!

Here are some of the top mistakes women make when shopping at an outlet or large discount store!


1.  Shopping with no idea or goal on what you want to buy

If you go to an outlet with no idea what you need to buy, it’s overwhelming. Before you shop, take inventory of your closet. Then make a list and take it with you!

2.  Getting off track

Once you decide what you are looking for (e.g., new casual outfit or a dress for an upcoming event) go into the appropriate store, find the sales person and tell her what you are looking for.  That will help you stay focused and limit what you take into the dressing room.

3.  Buying ANOTHER black item!

Unless your goal is to buy something in black, I find most women over 40  have way too much black in their closet already. Wearing less black is hard to do, but the rewards are great! If you avoid buying black, you are forced to add something colorful to your closet which will make you feel like a million bucks!!

4. Trying on all Colors

Beware that not all colors suit all skin types. You need to know which colors look best on you and stick only with those. If you stay with one “season”, then all your clothes will mix and match in the future! When you choose items from many color categories, you limit the outfits you can mix and match in the future.  (For more help with this, contact your local image consultant for a color consult! It will be totally worth it!!!)

5. Letting those SALE tags seduce you into buying!!

You may be tempted to buy things when you see all those wonderful “discount” prices…but don’t do it!  Instead, really slow down and ask yourself these three questions:

~Do I already own something similar?

~Do I love the fit, color, and style of it?

~Is it something that I will be able to wear, and it makes me feel special? (this is the most important question to ask yourself!)

Asking yourself these questions will help you make better buying decisions. Most women find that they buy “safe” items or just basics…like another pair of jeans or a simple t-shirt. If you are going to an outlet, now is the time to find that special piece to add to your closet! Don’t blow your money on things that you can pick up just anywhere!

6. Not trying things on!

We’ve all done it. You’re at the counter, and you pick up some last little item and just throw it into the pile without even bothering to try it on because of course, the price is “just too good to pass up”! This is a big mistake. I’ve found more times than not when I go and try it on; I didn’t want or need it.

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8 thoughts on “Top Mistakes Women Make Shopping at Outlet Stores

  1. More on boring undergarments… if you have other glamgals after hot but practical gear, I discovered pleasure state undergarments – and up to G cups… I now have persian red, ivory and onyx bras with tiny crystals and lots of vavavoom! Despite being 3 children etc etc later, these are smooth but also just a whole lot spicier than the usual. Yeah, I am converted! Jennifer

  2. Thanks Deb for the advice. Have taken a few days off to re-jig the wardrobe so your advice is very welcome! Have fun and keep writing your blog. J

  3. Hi Fab Deborah. You raised a question for me in this entry – how do we build a wardrobe without so much black. I KNOW I want to move away from this colour and I am a winter colouring so it is not such a bad base colour. Plus here in Australia I notice we usually have a choice of black and a seasonal fashion colour… I am over the red or bright with black and refuse to do pastel and black. I found one store here that has darker/duller blended colours aimed at the over 35 funky womens’ market (see they are great!) but this is one of the few I know of. Any ideas would be just great of how to get less black and more colour into your wardrobe. It really drains me now. Also, in this vein, I am SOOOO over practical nude or black tshirt bras (oh how practical) but if I have to do one more year of blah I will scream! Any ideas on getting mileage in a busy life from the lingerie drawer without feeling so frumpy. I want hot pink lace and lots of it! Maybe you have other followers who would also be interested. I am considering a satin floral number in a fairly neutral tone (you know those cute ones out this summer) but other ideas are good. Do I go blue so it blends with my blue tops etc etc… Thanks Deb – love your blog! I check it every day when I want a little break from work. Jen

    1. Hi Jennifer.
      It sure is hard to overcome ABD (Abundant Black Disorder)…so I will write a post about it and see if we can help you spice up that wardrobe! The Veronika Maine website had some wonderful items on it! Thanks for recommending it!
      Onto your next comment about going for something other than “practical” in the lingerie drawer… When I was in Paris recently, it is very apparent that the European woman takes her underwear very serious!!! Matching your panties and bra is a must and they are usually very pretty and feminine! Personally, I find many of the pretty styles not as comfortable, but if you try them on first, then you can make sure you won’t have a bra that just sits in the drawer taking up space. I got a pretty coral, very comfortable bra recently in the sale bin at Victoria Secret. I don’t like them to have “lace” on the cup part, since they tend to show throw and I like my clothes to have a smooth finish.
      I say, just keep trying and always buy at least 2 pair of the matching bottoms!!
      Good luck and thanks for your comment and kind words!

  4. I live near a major shopping outlet. Never go there. I don’t see any bargains and when I do go there I always leave empty handed. Since a lot people there are from South America maybe there are great deals for them.

    1. Hi Lesa,
      You do have to know your prices, that is for sure! Sometimes the outlets carry merchandise that is just made for their outlet stores, so the quality is not there. However, I went to a local outlet recently and found some wonderful deals. I am going to write about it this week! However, you are very SMART to leave empty handed. Much better to buy nothing than things that will just clutter up your closet!!

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