Thursday, September 28, 2006

How to Dress Well at a Discount

by Sheila Dicks

We all know it’s much easier to look great when you have lots of money to spend on clothes (although having money to spend and lots of clothes doesn’t necessarily equal a great dresser). When money is tight you don’t have to settle for less. Looking great is possible without spending a lot of money if you shop wisely.

1. Start by shopping for clothes when they are on sale. End of the season sales usually have the biggest discounts of up to 50% off but don’t be lured just by the price tag. To get the most for your money hold out for the big discounts, a 15% discount is good, but not what you’re looking for if you’re a bargain hunter. Make sure what you buy fits well with what you already have, is the right color for you, and isn’t a fad that you will be unable to wear in 6 months.

2. Know which styles look great on you. Assess your body type and the styles that flatter your figure and buy only those that are great for you. Clothes that don’t make you look your absolute best aren’t a bargain.

3. Be a continuous shopper. Sound good? Shop regularly not with the intention to buy everything you see but to get a feel for what is fashionable, how looks are being put together and first and foremost to find bargains – real bargains, those that look great on you and you’ll be able to wear for a few years.

For more style advice go to How to Dress

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