THE ULTIMATE 8 STEP GUIDE TO SHOP LIKE A PRO
Like everything else in the world, shopping involves money or should we say lots of money and if you're going to spend money, you'd better spend it wisely. Yes, we know, it is easier said than done because shopping is such a catch and shopping in big malls can be quite tempting and what do you do when you have so many options around you? And to make matters worse, there's a new trend born almost every month now-a-days. We feel you, we really do and that's why we've got this eight step plan for you that'll turn you into a shopping pro. Now it may take some self-control and practice but once you nail these steps, you'll never be a victim of bad-shopping purchases. So let's get started!
1. THE LIST IS YOUR NEW SHOPPING BFF
As rudimentary as it sounds, you've got to make a list to ace your shopping goals. Put down the items that you actually need and we don't just mean the basic clothing items but even statement pieces that you're looking forward to invest in. Have a list and long-term one at that, things you wish to buy in the next 6 months or even a year. Refer to this list every time you go shopping, buy the things that you absolutely need first and then think of buying the items that are off the list. A few off-the-list items that don't really burn a hole in your pocket aren't going to disturb your budget but keep these items to the minimum. Every time you get tempted to buy something that's not in the list, think about your long-term investment piece that you have been waiting to buy. It's a simple math, you either get five different pair of shoes from a high-street brand like H&M, Zara or you wait, save the money and buy one pair of statement designer shoes like Gucci, Miu Miu.
2. DEALS, DISCOUNTS & SALES ARE NOT ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
Don't just buy something because it's on sale and you're getting it for an awfully cheap price. Think twice before you spend your money on items that are cheap but have no value really in terms of style, quality or as an investment. This is the number 1 mistake most women make while out shopping. They look at the price tag, are often surprised by the cheap rates and make a spontaneous decision to buy it without even thinking once about it. The sooner you break this habit, the better it is for your wardrobe and your wallet. There is no use buying something super cheap that you're hardly going to wear, or is out of style or doesn't fit properly.
3. DON'T BE A BRAND MANIAC
Okay so we get it that having designer brands makes you feel awesome and there's no shame in admitting that. That's the whole point why these brands were created in the first place. But don't let your wardrobe become a slave to these brand names. Don't just buy something because it's from a particular brand instead look for interesting pieces that can add a flair to your wardrobe.
4. KEEP IN MIND THE PPW RATE IN MIND
PPW or price per wear rate is something you need to calculate every time you go out shopping. Sometimes, it makes sense to invest in items that are high on ppw rate. For eg. If you're confused about spending 500$ on an item because it feels a bit too heavy on the pocket, calculate its ppw rate. Think about how many times can you reuse that item and how versatile is it? When you see that you can wear the 500$ item at least 10 times, the ppw rate become 50$ which is not too bad, is it?
5. COMFORT, FIT & STYLE ARE CRUCIAL FACTORS
Before you go to the billing counter, ask yourself these three questions! Does it fit me well? Is it comfortable as per my expectations? Is this really my style? If the answer to even one of these questions is a NO, you've got to stop and reconsider your purchase. It doesn't matter how cute the dress is or how stunning the shoes are, if it doesn't fit well, isn't comfortable and is not your style then it's not coming home with you, period!
6. UNDERSTAND YOUR FABRICS
Make sure to check the garment care and fabric composition labels before you buy anything. These steps may seem redundant but are essential in determining the need of that item in your wardrobe. Don't buy an item that's very high maintenance unless it's reserved only for special occasions, you don't want to end up spending big bucks on a heavy laundry bill every time you wear it. On the other hand, look for the composition of the materials used in the fabric, there's no point in buying a winter coat that has 20% wool and 80% polyester as you'll need more layers in your outfit to shield yourself from the cold.
7. COMPARE THE PRICES
Do some research on the internet to find out what's available for how much in different stores. Compare the prices and go for the one that suits your budget, but beware of fraud sites that sell fake stuff.
8. ATTEND BIG-TICKET SALE EVENTS
Now, there are some sales that really are worth attending like the Sephora annual sale where all beauty products go down on sale for a limited time. Mark these events in your calendar and make a list of things that you'd want to buy, remember again to not go all crazy and make the spontaneous buying mistakes. Keep it calm and cool and go for items that you've been wanting to buy and make the best use of the discounts and offers.