Shopping is a lot of fun but can be very daunting if you don’t know what you are
looking for. This is especially true if you are a business women or have a career that
requires you to dress the part. With so many designers and garments to choose from
it can be overwhelming when you are unsure where and what to purchase.
I am going to share with you what I look for when shopping for myself and clients.
This blog will focus on fit, style, quality and trends at affordable prices. Below you
will find a Youtube video that will provide a visual guide but don’t stop reading as
this article will uncover tips that are not in the video.
Know your Budget. Decide what budget you are comfortable with. In this video I
chose affordable, focusing on garments from Zara and H&M. However, these tips can
be applied with any designer and price price point.
Go in Prepared and know what you need. To prep you simply need to go through
your closet or as I like to say “shop your closet”. This gives you a clear
understanding of what you already have. You can also keep a book in your closet
and write down what you need as things come up for example: basic camis or a solid
blouse for a printed skirt and so on. In order to shop smart it is important to have a
clear understanding of what you actually need.
Search current Trends on the internet and see what can blend with what you
have. This does not mean I am encouraging you to shop and look like everyone else.
But knowing trends will guide you to be more stylish, allowing you to look for
certain silhouette, colors and textures. This may also help you decide what pieces to
retire in your wardrobe to make more room for the new garments.
Know your fit and what works for your body. You know what I love about people,
that we are all so different. Especially as women we are all shaped differently and
have different lifestyles and careers. Be prepared and know what works or doesn’t
work for you. For example: a vneck vs crew neck, pencil vs A-line, skinny leg vs wide
leg bright colors vs deep colors and so on.
Now for the fun part…
When walking into a store gravitate towards the first thing that catches your eye.
If something caught your attention that means it is a good place to start exploring
and move on from there. You don’t have to shop all the racks, remember you’re
prepared and know what you’re shopping for.
Quality is important at any price point so when shopping touch the fabrics, if it
feels funny to the hand don’t bother picking it up. I also love natural fibers like
cotton or silk or leather and precious metals because they are breathable. However,
there are plenty of blends or polyesters that I will still pick up, again the key is the
hand / how it feels. In addition, if something is shiny or cheap looking don’t bother
with it as it will not portray luxury. Dissect the garment by looking at the stitching
detail, the care instructions, button alignment; these are the details that distinguish
Try it on! Please don’t skip this step, I encourage you to try it on. Another tip is pick
up items that will go with the garments you are trying on before walking in to
fitting room. For example: if I am buying pants and I am not sure about where they
hit my waist line I will pick up a top to try it with or if I need to figure out the length
I will ask the sales associate for an appropriate heel height shoe.
Go with your instinct. Don’t listen to anyone if it doesn’t feel right in the store or
when you try it on that means there is a high probability it will not work at home.
Be daring! This I do with all my clients and make them do even when I am not
around. Pick one item that you fall in love with or admire but you won’t try on
because you’re assuming it won’t work. And try it on! Guess what you might have
just discovered a new favorite thing to wear.
Before paying. This is a habit that takes time to break. Look at what you are
planning to buy and ask yourself, do I already own this? If the answer is yes and the
one at home is in good condition, well you know what to do… Wear what you have
and find something else to buy.
First thing to do when you get home after shopping is try it on with what you have
and see if it blends with your wardrobe. If you have nothing to wear with what you
purchased, then I suggest you return it or call me .
Wear it! Don’t let it just hang in your closet, you bought it for a reason (and I hope
not just for the price tag). The longer something hangs the more chances it will get
eaten up by everything else that’s hanging. Meaning the longer it hangs the higher
probability you will not wear it.
Thank you, Miami House Wives for letting me be part of your blog. I hope this was
helpful and I am always here to answer any questions or help with fashion
emergencies. Please visit my site www.anyalux .com Youtube: Anyalux and IG: