• Joan Kosmachuk

5 Tips for Tackling Your Wardrobe Shopping List

Before you head off to the mall with your shopping, here's a few tips to simplify your shopping experience.

1. Google it.

Let's say that a velvet burgundy blazer is one of the top priorities on your wardrobe acquisition list. The first thing I would recommend you do is google, "Women's Velvet Burgundy Blazer" and click on "Images".

As you can see, from the above search example, there are a wide variety of burgundy velvet blazers. You'll see those currently for sale in the top row and then others that may also be available in the lines below.

This will give you a good general idea of what designers are making this type of jacket, what retailers are selling it, and at what price point. So now you know which stores you'll have the best chance of finding it and how much you can expect to pay for it.

2. Shop at Alternative Retailers.

Supposing that the garment you are looking for is NOT currently available, or it is not available in your price range. Well, it's time to consider the alternatives. You might try searching for this item at a Factory Outlet Mall. Discount Stores like Marshalls, Thrift stores & Consignment shops or Ebay are other places you might look for items on your list that are not currently selling at retail stores.

3. Consider A Custom Order.

Looking for a hooded cape? While that might not be trending in store, there are many Etsy shops and local artisans where you might be able to custom-order such an item on your list. The more specialized the item you are looking for, the more likely you are going to need to look for it outside of the usual retailers. Bridal Shops are an option for special occasion dresses, pantsuits and shoes that can be custom ordered.

You might also consider searching out a sewing pattern and fabric and sewing it yourself or paying a seamstress to create the item you have in mind.

4. Think Seasonally.

Looking for metallic pants or a shimmery top or dress? You'll have a better chance of scoring those items during the pre-Christmas season. Looking for rain boots or cruise wear? Late Winter/early Spring will yield the best results. Do you wear Spring/Light Summer colors? You'll have an easier time locating those colors in Spring/Summer. Autumn colors are always in abundance in the Autumn. Which is not to say you won't find them at other times,but everyone knows it's a lot easier to buy snow boots in the Winter than the Summer. So shop for items within their corresponding season for greater success.

5. Think Outside the Box.

We've been so conditioned to think of clothes shopping at our local malls that we don't remember there are so many other places to shop for clothing and accessories so keep your eyes and ears open and you'll be amazed at what you might find.

I've found some wonderful clothing and accessories at Museum Gift shops, Garden shows, Souvenir shops, Yarn stores, Summer Markets, Fall Fairs, Airport Gift shops, a Dance wear company or a Sporting Goods Store (to name just a few).

Once you have some clear direction on the items you need to complete your wardrobe, it will be much easier to start your search.

Where have you found some of your most unique wardrobe pieces?


Joan Kosmachuk

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