“I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet” – Carrie Bradshaw
At first blush it may sound ridiculous to not know how to shop – but on closer inspection, it’s actually a really common complaint. Many of us LOVE fashion and we have a pretty good idea of how we’d like to dress, but then we lose all sense of purpose in a shopping mall or scrolling through online stores, completely overwhelmed by options and choices. If this is you, you’re not alone! But with a few simple tricks, you’ll be shopping like a pro in no time. Here are REVOIR's top tips!
Take notes of the types of looks you like, and take your notes and pics with you. Fashion mags and Pinterest are your friends! Collate your ideas, it will ensure you stay on track and only buy things that you know you want, rather than letting yourself get distracted by glittery cocktail dresses that you don’t actually have a purpose for….hey, we’ve all been there!
Break looks down piece by piece.
If you’re shopping a whole look, break down what it is about the look that you like before you hit the shops. Firstly figure out if you’d still like the look if it was on someone else. Off duty athleisure may look great on a model, but would you really wear it in public? Be honest, because lack of it is what results in most fashion faux pas! If you’re still all in, deconstruct the outfit and shop it piece by piece so you don’t repurchase things you already own, or won’t work with your budget.
Give yourself a budget.
This also sounds simple, but not setting a budget before you hit the shops is a rookie error. Knowing how much you have to spend is going to determine if you’re shopping pre-loved like on Revoir, or brand new straight from the racks of Chanel; or whether you avoid the designer labels all together and target high street fashion stores only. The perennially well dressed Michelle Obama is proof that mixing and matching less expensive pieces with designer style is not only totally acceptable, it’s totally fabulous.
They say that failing to plan is planning to fail, and this even rings true for shopping – so get planning, and fashion fails should hopefully become a thing of the past.