Tips for shoppers.

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Even if you love it, shopping can be grueling: pushy salespeople, mountains of merchandise, hideously lit dressing rooms.

1. Plan Your Attack
Assess Your Closet A few questions to ask yourself: “What do I need? Do I have eight printed blouses but only one neutral skirt, or vice versa? What three things do I feel best in, and what do they have in common (shape, color, fit)?” And finally, “What have I not worn in the past year?”

2. Don’t shop when you’re hungry, tired, or in a bad mood. Bring a bottle of water and snacks to keep your energy up, and wear comfortable shoes.

3. Enlist Help Ask a salesperson or a personal shopper to give you a heads-up about sales. 

4. Shopping is more fun when you look your best, so fix your hair and makeup. You’ll be checking yourself out in the mirror all day.

5. Be Flexible About Sizing Buy the size that fits, not the size you wish you were. Sizes vary by designer, so don’t get hung up on the number on the tag.

6. Try to walk on different surfaces to get the best sense of how the shoes feel.

7. If you have to shop for an event, don’t wait until the last minute—when you could feel pressured into making a bad decision. You may need extra time to find accessories or make alterations.

8. Do the Twist Always look at yourself in a three-way mirror, and sit down in a garment to make sure it’s comfortable and that it doesn’t ride up in an unflattering way.

9. Don’t buy an item on sale unless you love it. It’s not a bargain if you don’t wear it.

10. Never spend more than you can afford. It’s not worth going into debt for fashion. If you want to invest, choose a timeless piece like the perfect black blazer, not a trendy item.

11. Don’t purchase embellished or delicate clothes you won’t have time to care for.

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