8 Tips to Successful Clothes Shopping

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When it comes to shopping, are you getting fair, good, great, or no results? The reason I ask is that there are lots of hazards out there that can throw you off course. Here are 8 tips that will better prepare you for successful, rewarding clothes shopping trips.

Stop and Think
1. Cruise your closet before rushing to the stores. Make a “needs” list. Plan to check those items off first. This will provide you the direction you need to avoid overspending.

2. Has this happened to you? You’ve skipped lunch and you’re finding it impossible to make decisions. Instead of going home empty handed, ask the sales associate to hold your items and go get lunch. When you return to the dressing room, you’ll have fresh eyes and a clear mind.

3. Do you shop when you feel upset or impulsive? This is a dangerous time to go shopping with real money or credit cards. Recognize when you are in that mood to purchase just for the thrill of it or to let off steam. Instead, step back to debrief. Consider another way to vent your emotions or comfort yourself. Try another activity such as walking in nature, meeting up with a friend, or listening to music. Shop when you feel calm and rested.

Full Speed Ahead
4. When it comes to investment shopping, know your best colours. When you shop for coats, blazers, or jewelry be sure they enhance or highlight your eye colour, your skin tone, or your hair colouring. Chances are great that these items will stay in your wardrobe for years ahead, simply because they flatter you so naturally.

5. Shop your best when you look your best. Don’t even think about shopping for a wardrobe right after your spin class. It’s easier to imagine how the clothes you’re trying on will look in your real life when you look like you do in real life. Do your hair and makeup and then go shopping. It will make it much easier to see what really works well on you.

6. If you come across something that’s not on your list but you absolutely love it, give it a chance. Ask yourself if this item enhances your style, is within your budget, and brings something new to your wardrobe that’s been missing. If the answers are yes, buy it.

Be Cautious
7. Sale items can be tempting but are not always a bargain. They can be more expensive than you realize when you take into account the complicated cleaning instructions, the other pieces you need to buy to make this “bargain” work, or the new makeup required to pull off the colour of this purchase if it’s not a colour you normally wear. Even high-end designers make mistakes. Don’t get sucked into buying it just because it’s a designer label.

8. Be aware of the return policy of the stores you shop in. If you can only receive store credit within seven days, is that really going to work for you? If yes, fine. If no, go shopping at a clothing store that has generous return policies.

Styles change and so do you. With changes in your body, age, and lifestyle, it’s easy to make mistakes. It’s best to have somebody at your side who can be objective, informed, and looking out for your best interests. A professional like me can be your best companion to get the most out of your shopping trip. I’m here for you – let’s connect!

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Until next time,

Karen

5 Lesser Known Reasons to Have a Colour Analysis

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You can tell the difference between a colour that looks good on you and one that doesn’t simply because people compliment you on some shades and never on others. But there’s so much more to colour than simply what might look good on you or not. The world of colour has been studied for ages. Wouldn’t it be fun to know which colours you could wear to help you appear more confident than you currently feel, be more approachable to people, attract in more business and increase your energy? Below are 5 lesser known reasons to have a colour analysis. Continue reading

Dating Scene Fashion Tips for Mature Women – Tip #3

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In my previous blog post, I began a 4 part series of fashion tips for mature women on the dating scene with Tip #1. Tip #2 followed in my newsletter. Have you subscribed yet?  Here is the link! Below is Tip #3. Look for the last one in my newsletter next week. Continue reading

4 Fashion Tips for Reentering the Dating Scene

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Dating at any age can be nerve-racking, intimidating, and stressful let alone as a mature woman. Believe me I know because I am there… right now!  You don’t want your look to reflect how you might be feeling! You want to look cool, confident, and friendly, maybe even flirty. Let’s work with what you can control: your wardrobe. Your jitters will back off when your fashionable style comes forward. When you know you look good, you can relax and be present in the situation. Get ready as I give you 4 scenarios full of fashion tips for reentering the dating scene. Continue reading

Wear Color with Intention – 10 Core Colours & What They Mean

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9 Tips for Looking Poolside Confident!

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Yes, I am confident we will get summer and have some lazy, hazy days at a beach or pool. Here are 9 STYLING tips for fun in the sun, when you are invited to a pool party, at a resort or entertaining friends at the cottage. Continue reading

13 Tips To Make it Easy to Wear White Jeans This Summer!

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White jeans are in a clothing category all to themselves. They are a sign of warm weather and fun times; a classic that won’t ever go out of style and a wardrobe staple with all kinds of uses. Going to a party? Dress up your white jeans! Knocking around town this weekend? Grab your white jeans! Planning a weekend getaway? Pack your white jeans! Here are 13 tips to make it easy to wear white jeans this summer. Continue reading

8 Fashion Tips for your Changing Boomer Babe Life

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Are you a Boomer Babe? How has life changed for you?  Are there new things to dress for; new relationships, new jobs, grandkids, exciting adventures? You might be finding the old clothes just don’t seem right for current times. Where do you go for guidance and advice about navigating the next decade or two in fashion? Do you need some helpful tips?

When I talk to women 50 + I hear the same complaints… your bodies have changed and you feel out of synch with the clothes in the store. You are experiencing that “Menopausal Middle.”

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10 Tips on How to Bring Spring into Your Wardrobe

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It’s that time of year; the weather’s unpredictable, allergies are acting up, and spring fashions aren’t quite ready to wear yet. Here’s a little study guide of 10 tips to help you take baby steps toward warm weather fashion and bring spring into your wardrobe.

1. Cashmere can move into spring
Cashmere sweaters or cardigans can be a great choice heading into spring – even summer, especially when they are in lighter colors and/or are lightweight. Reach for them as great layering pieces for when days are flip flopping between warm and cold. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Spring & Summer Fashion 2015

style expert York regionThe trends are coming into the stores and what a mixture! We have Retro Fashion coming back as well, so stay in touch with me as I cover what is showing up from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. I created a checklist of 50 shades of Spring and Summer fashion highlights you will be seeing in the stores. I put them into categories and am sharing the first 25 here in my blog. The other 25 you will find in my next newsletter coming out shortly, so watch your inbox! Aren’t signed up for my newsletter? Please click here to begin the signup process to receive my news along with the remaining 25 fashion highlights for spring and summer 2015. As a thank you for signing up for the newsletter, you will receive my FREE e-book on “10 Tips to Looking and Feeling Timeless“! Continue reading