Shopping Secrets All Women Must Know
Clothes shopping must be so easy if you are size 10 with curves in the right places. But for the rest of us the search for a new look is a living hell. Now however, personal stylist Brenda Karuhanga is furnishing us with information on how to shop without losing your head.
“No one is born knowing how to shop but this is a skill that can be developed,” she says.
Your goal is to find fabulous things that make you feel and look great. Everything you purchase must show you at your very best. So when you hit the shops, you must dress smartly (in clothes that can easily be put on and off to minimize time in the changing room), style your hair and wear your favorite lipstick, because you are going to be spending a lot of time in front of the mirror. Check your wardrobe to check what you need. Even if you think you’ve got nothing to wear, your current collection holds the secret to your past shopping triumphs. Pick your favorites, that dress that makes you get all the compliments or those skinny jeans that make people ask if you’ve lost weight. Then try to figure out why those particular clothes work for you, is it the color? The neckline? The cut? It is these cues against which you can compare all potential for your new collection.
Next pull out an item you bought but rarely wear. Be honest with yourself why it did not work for you. Perhaps that color isn’t right for you, or maybe it doesn’t go with anything you own, you’ve never had the right occasion, it makes you looks chubby, maybe gives you a big burst or maybe gives you a flat chest etc. let this be a lesson that you should buy something that does fit perfectly well.
Never be duped by tempting displays. Studies have shown that when one enters the shop, somehow they will move to the right hand and that is where the newest and most expensive clothes will be placed. Carpeted areas are a danger too because this will slow you down so as to spend more time and money in a certain section. Let your guiding principle be color. See the color first then go for closer look at the style , size fabric and price.
Stick to colors that flatter you
The best color to buy is one that makes your skin look radiant. Avoid anything that makes you think it will look better with a different or better makeup.
Choose colors that flatter you immediately. Avoid neutrals if a cloth is available in both neutral and color go for color and make an impression.
Lighting can distract color so ask the shop attendant if you can first take it out side on the window to see its exact color and only make a decision if it still looks great in natural light.
If you like it, sit down in it. Something may look good when you are standing but you will be spending most of your time seated so always try to find out how it will feel like when you are seated. Why you are trying out a buttoned shirt, always stretch out your arms back so that your chest sticks out. If there is any sign of a gap do not buy it. When you are buying a trouser, do the dressing room gymnastics : bend, sit squat etc if you can’t do any of these comfortably then you are in a wrong pair.
The bra and shoes secret
When buying a bra, always try on from the loosest not the middle hook. Bras stretch out over time so if it fits from the loosest setting, you can tighten it over time to maintain the right fit.
Only shop for shoes in the afternoon
Feet swell during the day, so buying shoes when your feet are at their largest makes you likely to buy shoes that squeeze.
Choose classic over trendy
It’s better to buy something that you will wear for years over something that you will wear for only a season. If you are to buy something trendy make sure it’s cheap so you won’t feel bad when its off the fashion trends. But for a classic item it is worth every penny.
You may love a design on someone else or in a magazine but unless you love it on you, do not buy it. Be true to yourself.