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7 Things to Consider Before Buying an Outfit

7 things to consider before buying an outfit

We’re all guilty of it. Sometimes, we get swept away while shopping and ending up buying things that we later ask ourselves… “what was I THINKING?” Blame it on pushy salespeople, good store lighting, desperation… who knows. To help prevent a nasty case of Buyer’s Remorse, I’ve made a list of 7 things to consider before buying any outfit.

1. Will I actually wear this?

Are you ACTUALLY going to wear it? This is the question that always comes up when something is a REALLY GOOD DEAL. A lot of times, this how you end up with that weird, sequin crop top in your closet. (“It’s only $19! Reduced from $120!) While I’m all ABOUT a sequin crop top… maybe pass if you’re only buying it because it’s a great bargain. Buy it if you can actually see yourself wearing it… if not, let it go.

2. Do I have something like it already?

Sometimes we fall into ruts and end up buying the same things over and over. Really, it’s a matter of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. It’s easy to stick to what you know. Use the opportunity to try something NEW. If you have 203 black pencil skirts… maybe skip buying #204.

3. Does it fit properly?

Fit is important. Make sure that you choose pieces that fit properly and that don’t pull, ride up or are too baggy. If a piece is the wrong size, you’ll never wear it.

4. Do I feel good in it?

How do you feel when you wear it? If you feel sexy, and beautiful and confident, GO FOR IT. If you don’t feel comfortable in it, don’t buy it. You’ll never wear it.

5. Can I afford it?

This one is pretty self explanatory. If you can’t afford it… don’t buy it.

6. What do I already own that I can wear it with?

Think about your wardrobe and what you already own. Mentally put together 3 outfits you can make using the piece you’re considering with what you already have in your closet. If you can visualize the piece as a part of a couple of different looks, you’re way more likely to wear it.

7. DO I LOVE IT?

At the end of the day, sometimes there are pieces we just love and are attracted to and need to make ours ASAP. (Love at first sight, if you will.) Those are the purchases you ONLY regret when you DON’T make. And honestly, if you love something, BUY IT.

So, tell me in the comments: what do you think? What questions do you ask yourself before you buy something?

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  • Paige Brown

    You make some great points, because too many times we buy and regret it later. I’d love for you to share your favorite style post in my linkup today! http://bit.ly/1uWJwae

    • It’s true! Buyer’s Remorse is the worst! Sometimes, I’ll leave something behind and if I can’t stop thinking about it for a week, I’ll go back and get it. That’s dangerous though, because sometimes it’s not available anymore!

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