- With most of your items, look for quality over price. Look for good quality items that will last longer, rather than cheap items that will quickly wear out and date. This will also save you time in shopping.
- However, I make exceptions for t-shirts with prints. I prefer to have new ones to wear regularly, so buy cheaper ones, rather than pay the ludicrous prices that some fashion labels charge. And I regularly donate my old t-shirts to charity.
- Choose items that will work with other clothing already in your wardrobe, e.g. colours that work together, tops and bottoms that work together. Before you go shopping, look over your wardrobe and have a fresh idea in your mind of what it contains.
- Know what colours work well on you. If you're unsure, ask for advise from people you know well - they'll know what current items look best on you, partially due to their colour. Don't buy the latest fashionable colours without knowing that they'll look good on you.
- If you have a full wardrobe but simply have to buy something new, try to get rid of something at the same time. For example, if you're buying a new pair of jeans, get rid of one of your older pairs.
- Finally, don't buy items that don't quite fit, unless you plan to have them altered and know that they will then properly fit. This is probably my number one area in making fashion mistakes!
Don't miss my old post How-To: Refresh Your Wardrobe for steps on how to declutter your wardrobe.
(images: Shandos Cleaver)