It’s Scary Out There — Protect Your Wardrobe

5 Tips to Keep Wardrobe Zombies at Bay

Ghosts, and Goblins, ashopping tipsnd Zombies — Oh, my!  They’re out there lurking in the shadows; waiting for the unsuspecting casual shopper on which to launch their menacing attack.  But they’re not holding out for just any shopper,… it’s the easily-intimidated browser that falls prey to the wardrobe demons’ mischief.

Will it be you?  When facing the vastness of a shopping mall, do you break into a sweat just by the mere thought of where to begin?  ‘Feel like nothing ever fits?  Don’t want to bring  home yet another sweater to rest unworn on a remote shelf in your already-crowded closet?

Don’t fall victim to the fiends that await.  Arm yourself!  Here are top shopping “Don’ts” to keep you safe:

  1. Don’t shop under duress.  Hurried = stressed, and stress zaps confidence.  A calm and self-assured shopper makes better decisions.  This is the number one strategy to prevent based-in-haste, poor clothing choices.  Give yourself the time and mental energy to choose items you’ll love later.
  2. Don’t put decision-making power in the hands of a commission-based retail clerk.  Let’s face it, when one’s income is at stake, many things will look “fabulous” on you.  Inform yourself before you venture out by knowing what works for you.  Survey your closet for favorite items that you feel great in, and identify the cuts and colors that make those winning pieces flattering.  Then, replicate.  Short of purchasing identical copies, look for garments that mirror the features of those garments that contribute to you truly looking fabulous.
  3. Don’t buy “sale.”  (Unless “sale” is perfect for you.)  An item from the sale rack might be your best purchase of the day, but don’t buy it because it is on sale.  If the sale price is your reason for purchase, rather than the merits of the item, it likely won’t have value as a garment that makes you look and feel good.  (So, how often would you wear it?)  A bargain is not a bargain if it doesn’t serve you.  Use the features of winning garments that you identified in #2, and let them serve as your litmus test .
  4. Don’t social shop.  Unless the friend you shop with is truly expert in wearable fashion, and knows when and how you look your best, avoid the well-meaning advice of someone who’s input is likely based on their own preferences and desires.  Social shopping is wrought with emotions and distractions, which leads us to part 2,…   Don’t succumb to the temptation to imbibe.   Enjoying a glass of wine when you break for lunch has it’s pleasures.  It also clouds one’s judgment.  If the meal will include an adult beverage, consider planning your lunch stop as a satisfying reward after shopping is complete.  You’ll be far less likely to make impulsive choices.
  5. tailoring for well-fitting trousersDon’t expect to wear it “off the rack.”  Ready-made clothing offers proper fit to very few customers.   You wouldn’t buy sheets for your bed or blinds for your windows without making sure they were the correct fit.  Why buy clothes that don’t suit your body?  There is no true standardized sizing system in garment making, so select items that accommodate the largest part of your body, and have them appropriately taken in or shortened to fit the other areas.  (For instance: be sure a pair of trousers fits your hips/thighs if this is the fullest part of your lower body.  If the waist is too large, have this adjusted by a competent tailor.)  A good tailor, by the way, is a valuable member of your image team, and helps keep the prowling goblins at bay.

Patty Buccellato Buccellato, is an image coach and founder of Refined Images. She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups. Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls!   To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit or contact Patty.

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