Within each new challenge there are always hidden gifts, for these are the times that strengthen our resolve and allow us to build new dreams. Quote by - Flavia Weedn
With the costs of buying clothing today and the constant change in
styles, bargains are a treasure. Especially on a limited budget, and for
working women this is a definite challenge. Yet, dressing well can be
Since it takes money to build a wardrobe, the key is in the planning.
Here are ten tips, tidbits, and ideas to get you started. . .
* Get to know your own particular fashion styles including the strengths
and weaknesses of your figure type. Make a point to focus on a clear
image of what you consider being well dressed. Get to know exactly what
you like, want, and what looks well on you. Buy only what suits you best
without relying on the opinion of someone else. Nor should you base
your final decision on what is popular at the current moment.
* Learn to stretch your fashion dollars by saving any clothing you
already have. Make an inventory of what you have in your closet by
separating your wearable items into two main categories. One is your
spring-summer wear; the other is your fall-winter wear. Then you can
easily see what needs to be replaced when each season begins.
* Shoes complete your outfit and are major items that must be frequently
kept clean and in shape. When you constantly walk along cemented
sidewalks the heels and soles of your shoe take a beating. So, remember
to have them repaired as frequently as possible and discard them when
they are unsalvageable.
* Accessories add the crowning touch to any outfit and often may be the
central aim of the way you dress. Sometimes your outfit is planned
around your choice of accessories. As such an important part, give them
your full attention. Keep your jewelry in a sparkling state by giving
your pieces a frequent beauty bath. Just using soap and warm water, or a
commercial cleaner is good.
* When shopping, plan to make trips only for items you need that will
meet your personality and uniqueness. No matter how much you wish to
follow the majority by purchasing what is advertised and offered in the
stores, or what is popular at the moment, if you are not a glamorous
entertainer, a closet full of after-five outfits will be a waste of
money. Buy clothing for what you spend most of your time doing. This is
where the biggest part of your money goes.
* Decide what you can afford to spend. If, like most people, you have a
limited amount to spend on clothing, make the most of each purchase.
Plan well and with good values in mind. Avoid trendy fashions and fads
that go out of style within three to six months. For longer lasting
value, classic styles in dresses, suits and coats are always a good
* Choose a special place for everything and keep everything in its
place. That way you will know where to look when you need it. Fold
knitted sweaters and put them in a drawer or on a shelf. Keep jewelry,
belts, hose, gloves, and hats in their own special place.
* Learn from past shopping mistakes. When your fashion budget is
limited, set aside a clothing allowance. Try to keep a log of everything
you spend for the month and plan ahead for emergencies. Allow half of
your budget for your fall and winter wardrobe; the other half for
spring-summer wear. Be sure to buy the best you can afford in your
coats; the same applies for your dresses and suits. Quality is more
important then quantity.
* At times when your social life is full or more active, an ideal
wardrobe should include fashions that are suitable for special
occasions. In this case, your clothing may be geared to a specific type
of activity. For example, if you were active in sports, your wardrobe
would reflect more sportswear. If you attend parties, entertain, or
attend upscale events, then your wardrobe would have more eveningwear
* Keep up with fashion trends and what goes on in the fashion industry.
Study fashion magazines. Go window-shopping before planning your
wardrobe. Know what looks best on your figure and plan outfits,
accessories, and shoes that you can wear and coordinate into several
These ten tips, tidbits and ideas are just a tip of the iceberg. Follow
your own insight, know how much you have to spend, and buy only what
matches your unique style. These wise and savvy fashion choices lead
toward your pursuit to dressing well.