My personal approach to styling a client is identifying what they’re like and what their days are filled with.  It’s important to understand the person and not just pick a look depending on the typical things like; hair color, eye color and skin tone.  Their new style has to work for their life and stay in balance with who they are and what they represent.  Staying within a budget is part of that.  You can’t have a high end jacket that you blew your wad on because it doesn’t leave you any flexibility in the other areas of your wardrobe.  It’s important to mix and match your wardrobe with high end and low end fashion to stay within your budget so that you assemble complete and updated looks at a price you can live with till next season!  I’ll get into more about what to do before you actually go shopping to make sure you know what you’re looking for and where to get it, but that’s a post for another day.  For now here are a few tips for knowing when to Spend and when to Save.

It’s worth your money when the item is versatile, season-less, timeless and most of all…well made!  This is when you can feel good about spending more than normal.  While standing in line to purchase or with your finger hovering the checkout button on your favorite website you’ll have confidence knowing that it’s an item you can wear with many different things and that its interchangeable.  You’ll know that you can wear it in multiple months of the year and that its not going out of style anytime soon.  When you are making purchases with confidence like this, you are going to look amazing wearing it!   Here are some examples….

When to Spend:

Handbags:  You carry them every day and to me a handbag says a lot about a person.  You’re sending a message every time you take out your wallet.  It’s the piece that brings your entire look together.  Handbags and Scarves score high on my accessory list.  (What scores high on yours??)  Stay away from heavy hardware or trendy patterns because these embellishments are what make the handbag go out of style.  You can get something eye catching, but there’s no need for a Reno Casino look!  Ya know what I’m saying??

Jeans:  You wear them multiple times a week and they go with everything!  If you have the right pair they take your confidence up a few notches and make you feel amazing!  Make sure the pockets are positioned just right…just think…lower is better than higher! J Those 4 reasons alone are your reason to spend what it takes to get a pair that fit like a glove!  Or maybe even 2 or 3 pairs…

Shoes:  Depending on what kind of shoe it is and how old you are, but the right looking and fitting pair are priceless!

Classics:  Items like a Leather Jacket or a Black Blazer can last a lifetime.  Or even a black wool coat for those dreadful winters where the weight of a heavy coat is totally necessary but you don’t want to sacrifice your style to stay warm…  This season, invest in something Grey….trust me, the look’s going to stay around and it’s such a fresh change up from black, I love it!  Classics should represent 70% of your wardrobe and only 30% of it should be trendy.  This keeps you only having to update the 30% season to season and gets you building a wardrobe that will last over time….

Bras:  Once you’ve tried on a well made bra, you won’t buy another cheap one again.  In this area, you totally get what you pay for.  So depending on what you’re looking for, push up, tone down, pretty, plain, underwire or super padded, you can find what you need by making an appointment at your local department store for a fitting or by visiting Victoria’s Secret.  It’ll be time well spent and you’ll actually see your clothes fit differently.  It’s amazing!

When to Save:

Tank Tops and T-Shirts:  Typically these are 100% cotton and won’t last forever anyway and I don’t know about you, but I like to have a tank top in every color for Spring and Summer so a budget option is a good idea so you can free up your funds to add other items.  Like an amazing white/neutral handbag!  Layers white is huge this season so a handbag is a great way to make sure you always have your white on!  It’s such a fresh look in natural light, and I promise, Spring is bringing on all the sunlight we’re craving…

Trendy Patterns & Characters:  Trendy patterns, movie and other character prints go out of style too fast to spend too much money.  With the exception of your favorite bands t-shirt of course!  I walked out with a t-shirt from an Aerosmith concert with total buyer’s remorse, but I still wear it and that was 13 years ago!  In my mind, money well spent J  Have you seen idol lately…oh yeah!  Love Steven Tyler!  That money seems like an investment now…

Jewelry:  I’m one to change all my jewelry every day so I like to have a lot of options.  For my budget that means I shop fashion jewelry and not always sterling silver, gold or natural stone jewelry.  It keeps me looking fresh at a price I can afford and keep up with season to season.  Plus, I don’t get so irritated when I lose something like an earring, which happens often to me J  Does that happen to anyone else?  You get home with one earring?  I have so many orphan earrings lying around……we should come up with something fun to do with them. Hmmmm….

One of my favorite tips on this subject is to figure out the Cost Per Wear of what you’re buying before you pay for it. Take the total amount of the item and divide it over how many times you’ll wear it.  If you buy a $100 pair of jeans but wear them 100 times before they’re done, that’s $1 per wear, which is a steal!  If you can stay between $3 and $5 you are doing well.  I use this tip every time I shop.

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The DIY Closet Course teaches you to shop with a plan so you have the mix-and-match pieces in your wardrobe to create outfits for any occasion with ease. It’s about changing your approach to getting dressed, and through that, changing the way you feel about yourself.

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xoxo, Kathleen