Saturday, April 20, 2013

7 Things to Remember When Shopping for Clothes

My new Express tee! I will wear it all summer long!

1. If that white shirt is so thin that you can see straight through it,  Leave It At The Store. Paper thin tissue shirts are comfy. But if you buy one in white, you will pull it out of your closet a zillion times and only wear it under sweaters. 
Now, if you find one in pastels or brights and you adore it, snap it up! 

2. If your sales associate is a guy, do not let him talk you into the jeans. I don't care how cute he is and how many times he tells you that you look amazing. If you were having doubts as soon as you zipped them up, Leave Them At The Store!

3. The little black dress is fabulous for a reason. It hides so many figure flaws. Trust me. The older I get, the more I understand. Try on two colors in the exact same dress. You will look svelte in the black one. It will be your go-to item when you need more than jeans and a tee. 

4. Shoes. Do not even think about getting a heel that is not sturdy. Okay, I know this sounds like something your grandmother would say. But sweet grandmom is just trying to save us the embarrassment of walking on skinny heels that make us look like we are playing dress up. And you will have more fun in comfy shoes... I promise! 

5. Trends. Trendy clothes are fun, but only buy the items that look great on you. Let's talk about chevron. I adore this pattern, I really do. But when I put on a dress covered in chevron and look in the mirror, bold stripes are all I see. Are You Wearing It or Is It Wearing You? Be honest with yourself. Some gals look great in chevron. I am not one of them. 
Now, a little chevron bag with my black dress? Perfect!

6. Take a friend with you. Someone who has great style and can help you pull together an outfit. She may be able to encourage you to try a new scarf or layer some items that you would not normally consider. A little push may be all you need to rethink the way you wear many of the items you already own. Make sure she knows you well enough to understand what you are comfortable wearing. 

7. If you don't LOVE it in the store, don't bring it home to your closet. How many times have you looked in the dressing room mirror and thought, "It will do."? Honey, Leave It At The Store. If it does not make you feel fantastic, it is not right for you.

I am writing this post after shopping for my upcoming College Girl's Getaway! I seem to repeat the same mistakes when buying clothes and I think these tips will help me make better choices in the future. 
Do you have a great tip you would like to share? Please leave a comment! We can all learn from each other. 

Hope you all have a very happy weekend!
xoxo, Elizabeth


  1. Love this! Thanks for the tips!! And you look absolutely beautiful in that sunny, spring-y picture. <3

  2. Great advice Elizabeth! I am a shopping and fashion disaster! Somehow, I can't picture you making a fashion misstep - ever! What a lovely smile you have! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Jane! I think I am usually just so cautious about fashion... But it is fun to branch out a little bit for special weekends!

  3. I love this as well Elizabeth! Thanks for the tips...I think I will take my IPad along next time I go shopping. Better yet, how about I just take you?!! : ) I wish you could see my closet...I tend to stick with jeans or khaki bottoms and black tops or solid tops. My teenager daughters are trying to get me to branch out...have a nice weekend, friend!

    P.S. That pic of you is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much! I would go shopping with you anytime! We would have a great time together!

  4. Great tips Elizabeth! I tend to go with what really suits me rather than whether it's trendy or not...bold patterns just don't do it for me! I totally agree clothes should make you feel good so if they don't leave them on the hanger!

    One tip from me is...a pretty scarf can really enhance a plain top or dress. I love scarves! I am an accessory kinda gal!

    Having a lovely weekend...just had lunch out with two of our dearest friends and we had such a giggle with them. Hope you are having a good one too! Jane xxxx

    1. Jane, I love your tip about scarves! I need to use them more often... There are so many pretty prints out there!
      So glad you had fun with your buddies! We had a good weekend, too!


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