Style Tip: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy


Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are coming up!

While it’s a great reason to treat yourself to a special piece that you’ve been coveting but wouldn’t (or couldn’t) pay full price for, it’s important to stay on track with what you actually need and not overbuy.

Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you make the decision to buy something.

1. Is it flattering? 

Or, in words of The Man Repeller, “Are you trying to dress a body that is not yours? Often times, I forget that I am not Emmanuelle Alt.”  Do you keep looking at low-rise pants, when in fact a high waist looks much more flattering on your body? Go for the pieces that look good on your body the way it is now, not the way it will be after you give that gym membership some steam.

1a. Is it comfortable?

Can I wear it without being tortured?

2. Does is represent my image? 

The fact that you saw the piece on someone else (i.e. a Vogue editor or a fashion blogger), isn’t enough of a reason to go out and splurge on the same stuff.  Remember that a lot of those people get sent designer stuff for free to be a walking and talking advertisement for the brand. Really think about your style type and what works the best for you. For more inspiration, check out our top 9 Fall/Winter Must-Haves and 3 Trends We Can’t Wait To Shop This Fall.

3. Do I already own something similar? 

If you found a beautiful LBD at a great price doesn’t necessarily mean that you must get it, unless you’re getting rid of the ones you already have. A lot of times, the more we own, the less we wear. So instead, focus on getting pieces that will complete your existing looks.

4. Can I use it for at least 3 looks in my existing wardrobe? 

You don’t need to get a brand-new wardrobe every season: it’s all about the statement pieces that will instantly update your look – whether it’s a pop of color shoe or a great bag. Updating our entire closet isn’t necessary for feeling like you’ve got a brand-new wardrobe.

5. Is it a piece I can wear next season, or a one-season wonder?

Not everything you buy has to be an investment piece that you will pass on to your grandchildren. At the same time, splurging on something that’s obviously an “it” piece that everyone recognizes, isn’t worth it most of the times.

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