Why is it that when we’re in the dressing room, things seem to magically fit and feel comfortable? We’ve all been there, standing in front of the mirror and convincing ourselves that these skin tight pants actually feel good, and we really don’t have to lose five pounds for them to look amazing on us. This is the time to be honest with yourself and ask, ‘am I buying this for the person I am now, or is it for some past version of myself or future version of who I want to be?’ Be brutal!
No matter how good the deal, it’s no bargain if it’s something you’ll never wear. It’s better to pay a little more for something you’ll enjoy for a long time, and that’s versatile enough to mix with other pieces in your closet. Of course, if you see something you love at the beginning of the season, but can’t justify buying, watch it like a hawk and then pounce when it goes on sale. You’ll be surprised at how you can almost always get that thing “you can’t live without” by exhibiting some patience.
Metal zippers last longer than plastic ones. Fabric patterns should match up at the seams. Stripes and plaids stick out like a sore thumb if they’re not aligned, and sloppy match-ups are sure signs of poor quality. Good seams will prevent fraying and maintain quality through wearing and laundering, so be sure to flip clothing inside out to check them. French seams (with raw edges hidden), overlapping seams that are sewn flat, and bound seams are best.
If you find an item you really really adore, buy a second one. How many times has something you love worn out or become stained, and is no longer available? And, you must nab more than one if it’s on sale!
Store all your jewelry in different size boxes. The pieces will be easier to find, and you’ll always remember what you own, so you’ll avoid buying pieces you don’t need. Your jewelry also will last much longer when it’s protected in a covered box. Consider using a free wall in your closet or bedroom to hang your necklaces, a great way to see what you have at a glance. It looks cool, too!