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Love What You Wear

Friday, May 17th, 2013

I could not be more flattered than when someone compliments me on an outfit.  Seriously, at my age?  I'm thrilled to hear friends & even strangers say they love what I'm wearing!  Yesterday, I wore a simple lacy dress that cost me a whopping $29 dollars(maybe) and I bet you that I had more than 25 compliments.  Everywhere I went…someone said, "I love your dress!".  By the end of the day, I was thinking to myself, "Wow, this is a great dress!".  

The truth about the clothes I wear is simple — > ON SALE!

I have always been pretty fashion conscious.  I never want to look dorky (even though I HAVE) or out of style.  However, I'm not one to follow trends necessarily either.  I really just BUY WHAT I LOVE!  If I see something that is a must-have and looks flattering on me…I try my best to find it on sale or at a better price.  Usually, I do.  If not, it wasn't that important anyway.

My daughters do the same thing when shopping.  They first look over what's popular and cute then cut to the clearance rack for the real bargains.  I can't stress enough how important it is to shop in the right places.  TJ Maxx, Dillards, Francescas….Forever 21 (carefully, want to be age appropriate) and Banana Republic.  These are some of my favorite places to find real bargains and simple styles that fit my personality.  I confess, I love 2nd hand stores too.  There IS NOTHING wrong with buying refurbed clothes & stuff.  Matter of fact, it is the greatest way to get the things you LOVE but can't really afford paying the full price/retail!

In all honesty, I'm not doing anything special.  Everyone I know is looking for a bargain and most everyone I know wants to look good.  

Here are a few of my shopping rules — just the basics, y'all!

1)  Only buy what I need & love.  Ever.

2)  Shop at frugal stores that offer great sales & clearance.

3)  Scour the clearance & sale racks thoroughly.

4)  Pick unique items.  Dresses are a great way to look good, easily.

5)  WEAR WHAT I LOVE!  Too many times, we save lovely things for "special" occasions.  Don't do that!  Wear it!

6)  Shop often.  Don't buy often, but look for what's out there and be price smart.

7)  Buy items that can go with stuff I already have.  Layering and mix-n-match is the way to go.

8)  Take back what doesn't work.  If I get home and it shows a flaw that I despise or feels itchy….I return it!

9)  Find what flatters the most.  Don't chase trends.  Wear what makes you look fabulous.  I don't look right in turtlenecks or certain collared shirts.  So, I avoid them!

10)  Stick to certain colors.  I can't get enough white, cream or taupe.  I love them and they love me back.  Every single time I wear those colors, I receive compliments.  Figure out what makes you shine!

I love clothes but I love good bargains even better.  I'm a firm believer that everyone can look good and afford it.  Some people pride themselves on wearing the most expensive or popular clothing, and throwing around fancy names.  I'm not into that so much.  If I can find good looking & affordable, so can you!  Get out there…and shop, friends!