A New Year, A New You!

Before hitting the winter sale racks or perusing the new spring styles, keep these tips from How to Win at Shopping in mind, and increase your shopping success!


-Prior to shopping, always assess what you need and remind yourself of what you already own. It can be very frustrating buying something only to realize later that you have a similar item in your closet. This happens more often than one would think. Many of us tend to buy the same types of garments over and over again. But really, how many black sweaters can (and should) one have?

-Sometimes the best shopping plan can come from your current closet. No matter what
you think of your present wardrobe, it holds many of your past triumphs. These pieces and outfits should be used as clues to find the perfect items you should be shopping for, ones that are completely authentic to you. Think of your clothes like costumes in a film you are starring in. Ask yourself what they say about your “character,” then make sure that all future purchases connect with and illustrate that vision.

-Always snap photos of yourself wearing favorite items in your closet to use as visual reference on your shopping trip. The photos will not only inspire and influence your purchases, but they’ll also help discern things like length, proportion, and fullness. Why wonder how the length of a skirt compares to your favorite back home when you can just reference a photo on your phone? This also works when shopping for accessories. There is no reason to question whether an accessory will complement an outfit when you can easily bring along a picture.

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When to Splurge on Yourself this Holiday Season!


While out shopping for friends and relatives on your holiday shopping list…if you happen to find something for yourself and the price tag is a bit higher than you would like, here are some favorite tips from How to Win at Shopping (Workman) on when to splurge:

-A great coat is always a good item to spend more on. When we have something beautiful and of good quality in our wardrobe, we want to wear it often. In the cold or rainy seasons we might wear one coat more than any other item in our closets. It is highly possible, then, that a “splurge” will be justified quickly by its number of wearings. Also, a good-quality coat will last you many seasons.

-A good cashmere sweater is sometimes worth splurging on. Cashmere is made in a number of qualities. The better the quality, the longer
it will last. In the end, it may be less expensive to purchase one good-quality sweater rather than a succession of lesser-quality ones with shorter shelf lives. To make sure that you get the maximum value out of your sweater, avoid trendy styling and opt for simple, timeless style.

-A splurge is never a splurge if it is worn often enough to justify its price tag. Think about how many times you might wear the item in question, and divide its cost among them. Is it justified? Or, if you have ever owned a similar item, how much use did you get out of it? How often was it worn? Weekly? Daily? The answers to these questions will help you discern whether your splurge is indeed a splurge, and whether or not to proceed with your purchase.

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Holiday Shopping Secrets Revealed!

It’s here!

The holiday season is officially upon us, so to help you navigate the stores and websites, here are three favorite holiday shopping tips from How to Win at Shopping:

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-Never begin the holiday shopping process without first creating a master list of everyone you intend to shop for, as well as the amount you’re willing to spend on them. (This can be made easier by adjusting and amending last year’s gift list.) Then always plan on a 10 percent overage. Having something to reference will safeguard you from overlooking or overspending. It’s okay to go over budget on a few gifts, but not without going under on some others. As for the added 10 percent, if you do not spend it on additional gifts, there will always be costs that you may not have planned for, such as shipping, gift wrapping, and so on.

-Always keep a list of what you’ve previously given your friends and family. This will ensure that you are not repeating gifts or beating to death what was once a great variation on a theme. Tracking prior presents is also a great way to coordinate future gifts.

-If you’re at a total loss shopping for someone you buy for year-to-year, starting a collection is always a great way to keep gifts special. Good gift giving is an art, and finding the perfect thing that completely captures someone is
a magnificent accomplishment. Over many years, however, it can get harder to keep it fresh and exciting. If you are at that place, it may be the time to start a collection that reflects his or her personal style. Build it around a favorite gemstone, team, or culture and you will create a wonderful framework that you (and others) can add to every year.