As you prepare for the holidays, consider these time and money saving tips for your wardrobe.
1 >> Make a valet hook in your closet. I love this tip from Real Simple. With a valet hook, you can pick out your outfit and have it ready and waiting for the next party. It can also help in your daily life to hold your outfit for the next day, creating very little effort in getting ready quickly, without a lot of decision making.
2 >> Always, always try everything on before you buy it. With so many fabrics, cuts and styles I have been burned by not trying things on before buying. Especially plan on trying on shoes or other items you might be investing a little more money on to make sure they fit and are comfortable. This is why I am a strong believer of buying clothes in person and not online. If you know it fits when you buy it, you will eliminate the need to return things later. One less thing on your to-do list.
3 >> Go shopping in your own closet. When you don't have time to shop but need new clothes for the holidays, shop in your own closet. This sounds weird, but it actually works. Sometimes we don't think of mixing and matching clothes we normally don't wear together. Or try on something you haven't worn in awhile and wear it in a new way. Look at Pinterest for ideas or your favorite stores or magazines for inspiration. Especially if you want to make that capsule wardrobe work, my favorite advice from What Not to Wear's fashion hosts Stacy and Clinton, think: color, pattern, texture, shine. Fun accessories can make even a basic outfit holiday ready.
4 >> Make a list. If you do go shopping for new clothes, make a list of what you need just like grocery shopping. If you need specific things it will be easier to keep yourself focused. You might find a great sale on something you don't need, but if you stick to the list you won't be tempted to impulse shop and buy something you may never wear...saving you money!