How many times have I heard “but it was on sale”? This is going to start and finish with the same message today which is that if it doesn’t fit, it is not a good deal.
Fit means many things. There is the obvious that the item needs to fit your body and to delve into this a little further, this has many multitudes. The garment, accessory, shoe or piece of jewelry needs to be proportionate to your size and style. On a jacket, dress or any kind of top, make sure that the shoulders fit. Not only can this be an expensive alteration, it can be tricky to get it done. Changing a hem can be another one that looks simple and it is on a solid garment, but on a print or anything with detail at the bottom of the garment, now the length is being changed at the waist.
Next, the item needs to fit in with what you already have in your wardrobe. All of us have that item that seemed like such a bargain at the time, but now it is in our wardrobe with nothing to go with it. It is not a good buy if it does not work with what is already in your wardrobe.
Lastly, is this an item that is going to be a “forever piece” or is it disposable? Disposable means that you are going to wear it a few times, then not again. If it is a “forever piece”, look for quality in construction, fabric, style and fit. And, it if is a “forever piece” with multiple items available in your size, buy a few to keep for replacements later on. For a disposable piece, know when and where you are going to wear this, and when you will be done with it.
There are many things to know about the shopping cycle and when to shop. There are so many offers from retailers about bonus points,
discounts, gifts with purchase, etc. This is completely another topic for another time. Most importantly, remember that no matter how much something is on sale, it needs to fit on your body and in your wardrobe for your lifestyle. Otherwise, no matter how deep the discount, it is not a good deal and make sure to check the retailer’s return policy.
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