We’ve all been there, working on projects at work while silently keeping tabs open to view the collection from the latest ‘End of Season’ sale on pretty much every shopping website. While shopping can prove to be a therapeutic experience for some, it may as well be a daunting one to others.
As easy it is to try on clothes, it is even easier to get frazzled at the sight of the unending collection in the outlet. Impulse buying and the subsequent (inevitable) buyer’s remorse are things we’ve all been guilty of at some point during our shopping ventures. But paying attention to specific details and being aware of your requirements is the only way you will be able to get out of the store as happy as can be.
So, we at StyleCraze took it upon ourselves to compile a list of tips and tricks that will help you experience a more delightful shopping experience the next time around. Read on to discover how to make the distinction between the good and the cheap even more evident!
1. The Fabric Quality
The most crucial factor in this regard would be to check the label. Natural fabrics always last longer than the blended synthetic ones. Trust the touch of your hands, and hold the material to figure out if it feels thin, rough, and brittle or durable, smooth, and soft. Make sure that you always go ahead with the latter.
You can always judge your current wardrobe in case of confusion. Check the pieces that have lasted longer and ones that haven’t, followed by examining the reason behind the same. Consider your laundry cycle, personal style, and rotation of clothes while making decisions. You can then apply the same for your next purchase.
2. Don’t Always Trust The Label Size
When it comes to shopping, what you see isn’t always what you get. Instead of using a standard size, most brands these days have come up with their separate sizing system, thereby rendering standard clothing sizes bogus (1). Most companies have adopted ‘vanity sizing,’ a concept that involves assigning smaller sizes to clothes to make women feel better about themselves and purchasing their product. So, pay heed to the way things fit, instead of blindly trusting the numbers on the label.
3. The Time Of The Year
Some products are cheaper during a particular day or month as compared to other times of the year. The most common is the clearance sale at the end of every season and year. According to a study, December 26th is the beginning day of the ideal sales week in the year for clothes (2). During other seasons, the best time to go ahead and shop are Thursday evenings, mostly six weeks after the clothes arrive at the outlet.
4. Do The Math
Most often than not, cheap clothing doesn’t stay affordable in the long run. Poorly manufactured clothing wears out faster and hence racks up additional bills for repair expenses. The key is to spend more on a few high-quality items, rather than wasting money on a truckload of cheap products.
Enter: Maths! Use the ‘cost per wear’ equation to help you decide on what to buy. It involves adding the price of the garment and the cost of maintenance and dividing the obtained sum by the number of times you’ll wear it. This equation will revolutionize the way you shop – trust us!
5. The Versatility Test
Before heading towards the billing counter, ask yourself a few questions:
- Can the piece be worn multiple times combined with different outfits?
- Does it blend seamlessly with my current wardrobe?
- Will it only work for one season, or can I pull it off in another season too?
It is important to note that any item you add to your collection should be versatile enough to be worn differently while adding a charm to your everyday look.
6. The Uniqueness Of Your Purchase
Before spending your month’s salary on a little black dress, ask yourself if it is indeed worth it. You wouldn’t want to be leaving the store only to find ten others wearing the same thing! When building a wardrobe, it is essential to realize what is unique and will help you express your individualism in the best way possible. It is useless to spend a bomb on something that is being mass-produced via fashion stores everywhere.
If you can confidently tick all the above boxes, you will have an appreciable piece of clothing that you can add to your existing collection. Although, if you disagree with the majority of the points, it would be the right time to take a step back and reflect before buying that overpriced trench coat!
Happy shopping, fellas!