Make clothing shopping a bit easier and more economical by following a few simple tips. This is a guide about shopping for clothing.
I have purchased brand new Brighton and Vera Bradley handbags and high end fashionable clothing by Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, etc. at the Salvation Army. I have found that the key to getting a good clothing bargain whether at a thrift store or high-end store is to only buy if it is exactly what I like.
Raise your arms. Does the shirt rise up to your waist and stay there? Very unflattering and you are unlikely to want to spend the day pulling it back down. Put your arms straight out as though sleep-walking. Does the sleeve cut into the inside of your arm? Don't buy clothing that fights movement. You will need to raise your arms every time you take an item off a shelf.
Is the shirt likely to have a built-in wardrobe malfunction? Most ladies shirts are cut too low to wear to work unless you have a cami that matches. Do you have one? If not, is it still worth the price if you have to purchase one? Is the color and fit flattering? Will you look forward to wearing it? If not, don't bother. You will just end up stuffing it into a donation bag or leaving it at the back of your closet.
Avoid shirts with machine stitched illustrations, i.e,. kittens and birdhouses, unless you don't mind looking older.
Sit down. Does the back dip too low for decency? Don't rely on belts or long blouses to cover rear cleavage, this is just too risky, although belts will work for closing a gap in back. Stick with a style or two that are flattering for your figure type. Remember back pocket flaps add bulk. They only flatter the very slimmest of figures. Pencil skirts look good on most everyone, but contrary to the old fashion advice, A-line skirts do not. They spread out like full sail on the mother ship which is not exactly the most flattering silhouette.
By SusannL from St. Cloud, FL
Oh, I mostly buy neutrals in pants and skirts. I love colorful tops, including red. I agree that all neutrals would be boring! My point is that if you own neutral bottoms, it is easy to match your tops to your pants and skirts. I remember when it was popular to have colors "done" to determine which color palette is most flattering. I am a winter, which means bold colors. My mom is a summer and looks best in softer colors. Seriously, the colors of your favorite blouses probably tell the story. If my face comes anywhere near pale peach fabric I appear to have a severe case of jaundice. On the other hand, fuchsia and apricot make me look better than I am!
Excellent tip, well thought out. Although I rarely go out and own few dressy clothes, I do like to look presentable when I do. I like to be comfortable above all, so refuse anything that doesn't "breathe." In short, mostly natural fabric like cotton. I'll go for a blend for easy maintenance, but stay away from straight manufactured/man-made fabrics like polyester. (Gag! Shades of the 1970s!)
btw, my definition of "matchy matches" is any outfit that can't be worn separately, but must be worn together to look right.
I'm trying to find elastic waist, washable skirts as well as "house dresses" for my granny. She's staying in a nursing home for rehab after a stroke and they have lost or ruined the majority of her clothing. I'm at a loss on where to find this type of thing. I did find one house dress at a thrift store, but that was after visiting several. I found some elastic waist pants at JC Penny, but she gets very upset when asked to wear pants. Any stores where you have recently seen this type of clothing would be so helpful!
There is a mail order store named "Haband" that sells a lot of clothes with elastic waistbands. You can find them online at www.haband.com
Just a thought, but there are an awful lot of really cute loungewear gowns (in pajama departments) that look like casual dresses available. There are also moo moo dresses that are quite comfortable. Both types come in assorted solid colors and patterns. Try stores like Target, Walmart, Penney's, Sears, etc for the lowest prices. Here's a picture example of a moo moo (also spelled muu muu) in case you're not sure what they are:
What are some good clothing stores for juniors that offer clothing at a reasonable price? I am not looking for Hollister, Abercombie, American Eagle, or Areopostale. Sorry I don't like wearing them. I like some skater stuff and some preppy stuff.
Try Gabriel Brothers or Rugged Warehouse (depending on where you are in the country.)
Never underestimate thrift shopping. Look up thrift, Salvation Army, and Goodwill on map quest. Prices are cheap and they have tons of options.
When I am deciding to buy clothing, I ask myself how many times I would be wearing the item. My rule is a dollar a day. So if the top I am going to buy is $10.00, will I at least wear it 10 times? If I don't think I will, then it is not a bargain.
Returning clothing you have purchased is a hassle no one wants to have to deal with. I hate when I buy something and it doesn't match, or I pass up an item on sale because I didn't remember I had a new skirt it would have been perfect for until I got back home.
I am looking for some womens clothing catalogs that have reasonably priced value-conscious casual clothing in misses and plus sizes. Most of the catalogs I receive have an "upscale" price to match the upscale image. Any ideas?
Thanks a bunch!
Tori, try http://www.blair.com. They have some very nice clothing at reasonable prices.
Try Roamans, JC Penney has a plus size catalog and I like Blair, too.
When is the best time to shop seasonal clearances on women's clothes? I know they always have sales, but which one is the best one?
Here in the Midwest, the summer stock is needed gone for room for fall and winter merchandise beginning July 4. The winter is needed gone around Presidents Day.
Couple weeks ago I bought 2 marketd down casmere sweaters at Kohl's for $22.50 ea. I decided I didn't want to pay that much so I was going to return them. When I got in the store I thought to myself "wonder what they're ringing up now". So I found the scanner and low and behold they scanned $7.50. So when I took them to customer service for a refund I told her I wanted them but at the lower price and a refund on my account for the difference. I had a 15% off coupon so the two sweaters cost me $13.80 and I got a refund of $48. and cents. So if you're not looking for a specific item you can get good marked down winter items right now.
This is a guide about buying pants without trying them on. Trying on clothes can sometimes be more of a chore than an adventure. Save time by learning to measure pants for a good fit without trying them on.
Save money when shopping for clothing. Always turn the garment wrong side out and check the seams and hem for loose or broken threads. NEVER pull a thread to break it. Always cut it with scissors. If the garment is damaged or has a spot on it, you can ask the clerk for a discount.
When you need new clothes, if at all possible, buy garments that are washable. Otherwise, you are definitely adding to the cost of the jacket, fancy dress, or whatever!
This tip is for any one wanting to match an item of clothing. Take a spool of thread in the color you are looking for when you go shopping. It's much easier than taking the item of clothing with you to the store.
When looking for clothes, be unisex if you can. Women can wear most male styles nowadays and masculine clothing is much better made. In the old days, I wore guys' Levis 501's before they made them especially for women, and my first jeans jacket was a boy's size!
I always travel with a measuring tape and a small note on which I write my measurements, especially. I save both in the plastic yellow egg that comes inside the Kinder chocolate egg.