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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