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Thursday, August 06, 2009

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Shopper

After a recent shopping trip with my cousin, mother-of-two rambunctious children, she commented that she rarely indulges in retail therapy. It got me thinking that many other selfless moms must be in her shoes.
Even though this isn’t my reality, in my civil fashion duty I’ve come up with survival tips to shop like a pro just in time for a new fall wardrobe.

LOVE ‘EM BUT LEAVE ‘EM
As much as you love your kids, you should leave them at home. The last thing you want is a full-on tantrum arising discerning looks from your fellow shoppers.

MANGIA MANGIA!
Eat prior. This will help you to be focus and not famish down greasy pizza leading to disappointment with an unflattering pouch.

STYLEWATCH
Skim fashion magazines and online sites to pick your fave styles.

PLAY UP YOUR SHAPE
Know your body. Note that not all trends are flattering. Highlight your strong points to create balance and proportion.

DON’T KNOCK IT TILL YOU TRY IT
Take 5, 10, 15 items into to the changing room even if you come out with just only one lucky piece. It’s your only way to know.

SPEND A LITTLE, SAVE ALOT
Splurge on timeless investment pieces: a tailored suit, a crisp white shirt, a wool pea-coat, well-fitted dark denim and a special LBD. These key pieces go a long way. Update your wardrobe each season with trendy accessories. For the latest styles, shop cheap ‘n chic boutiques like H&M or Zara.

DON’T FRET
Find a reliable tailor that will adjust your clothing to a T. Mass merchandise is fallacious as women are not moulded from a cookie-cutter.

Bonus tips (challenging to contain to just 7!)
HIT OR MISS
Bring a friend. A real friend! One that will let you know if it's a thumbs-up or a “girl, you must be crazy!”

LOOKS FOR LESS
Inquire on your favourite retailer's sale period by registering to their mailing list. No shame in being a Recessionista!

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