11 Clothing Shopping Tips

Follow these buying strategies to bring home items that you'll wear.

Establish a clothes budget

It's simpler to organize your shopping excursions and prevent overpaying when you have a figure to work with. One method for creating a budget is to compile a list of all the clothes you believe you'll need in a year, then estimate how much you'd want to spend on each item. Once you've calculated your total, stick to it and don't go over.

Make use of a mood board

Your mood board is a photo collection of clothing that you enjoy; it assists you in developing your unique style and acts as a source of inspiration when you go shopping for items. Look for connections among the pictures you've chosen—are there colors, textures, or styles that you regularly pull toward? When choosing items, consider whether they complement the overall design of your mood board.

Make a wish list

Maintain a running list of apparel things that you want or require. When you go shopping, read through your list to remind yourself of what you're searching for. Shopping from a list is usually more effective than going out with one specific item in mind—you may not find everything you want on the first try, but you can usually cross off most of the items on your list over several shopping excursions. When shopping online, save your favorite goods to your favorites list and return to them when the business offers a deal.

Understand your dimensions

Make a note of your hip, waist, and chest measurements on your phone. This can help you while buying online by allowing you to compare your dimensions to a store's size chart. When you go clothes shopping in person, carry a measuring tape with you to see whether an item will fit before you put it on. This is especially useful when purchasing secondhand because vintage sizing might differ significantly from current sizing.

Begin broad, then narrow

Whether you're buying online or at a physical clothes store, put all of the products you want into your shopping basket and then narrow down your selections from there. By grouping pieces, you will be able to compare them and select which ones you like. There will undoubtedly be elements that do not work out and others that surprise you. You can uncover hidden treasures by branching out a little.

Make a list of everything you already own

When considering a new purchase, make a mental note of the items in your closet that will go with it. Unless you're starting from scratch, you'll undoubtedly want this new piece to complement other pieces you currently possess.

Consider whether you're attempting to shift your style in a new direction. If an item does not complement anything else you possess, it may not be for you. Of course, there are exceptions—statement pieces that stand-alone or clothing for special events. When you go home, try it on with your other clothes. Return it if it does not work.

Make an effort to diversify your clothing.

It's easy to keep returning to the same safe parts. But one individual can only have so many black outfits or dark-wash denim pants. Having multiples of the same item might add unneeded weight to your closet, making getting dressed more difficult.

If you see something you like but already have something similar, ask yourself, "Do I like this version better than what I have now?" How many of them do I truly desire? Except for your job attire, the answer is generally no more than two.

Bring a companion.

Shopping with friends is more enjoyable, and a second view may be highly beneficial. If you're hesitant about a piece, a buddy can give you the courage to attempt it or tell you if it doesn't seem like "you." Ask a friend or family member whose style you like to accompany you on a shopping trip—they'll be impressed.

Always try on several sizes.

When you discover anything you like, make sure to get it in both your size and the sizes above and below. Perhaps experiment with a couple of other hues. Bring as many items as you can into the fitting room and spend as much time as you need there—see how a garment feels when you bend down, sit, or twirl.

Take a stroll through the mall.

Window shopping may be a source of inspiration. If you discover something you like at a designer store but the price is prohibitively expensive, put it on your wish list and see if you can find more affordable clothes elsewhere. This is also a wonderful method to get inspiration for your mood board's styling.

Place clothes on hold.

If you're undecided about a purchase, ask the retailer if you may put it on hold. Many businesses may keep an item until the end of the day to allow you to make a decision. Walk about for an hour and return to see whether you're still thinking about the item. Simply add an item in your shopping basket and wait a day or two before purchasing—or bookmark it in your wish list folder.