Remember the ‘Shopping Mantra’ – 6 C’s CHARACTER, CLOTH, COLOUR, CUT, COST and CORRECT FIT don’t buy if you have to lie – to yourself about any one of these. My Shopping Mantra, which has been very useful and saved women lots of money. See the Capsule Wardrobe tip sheet which goes alongside this. Plan your wardrobe, after a wardrobe session keep the list in your purse of what would actually extend the pieces you already have. Don’t go shopping when trying to cheer yourself up. Don’t buy too many disparate prints in clashing colours that need careful matching. Don’t buy too long, big and baggy unless you are very tall. Don’t buy unless it matches your capsule wardrobe basics (personalise this to your colourways). Don’t buy if the cost, cloth, character, colour, cut and size are incorrect for you – it has to be right in every way or it is a waste of money. Don’t buy on a whim, go think about it and then return, you may realise you have a top exactly like it or that you need another colour – or may need something else. DO: Use special events to purchase something you have always wanted and make sure it becomes your beloved well worn staple, rather than just adding to a diverse difficult to match collection. Decide what other hobby/interest makes you feel good as opposed to shopping to cheer yourself up, trying a new hair style or make-up look, hair accessories or a lovely magazine to give you ideas for revamping or reusing or to help you update your look with a few accessories. Write a list of things that make you feel happy and use them as a means of focusing your shopping trips or afternoons off. Eg:- spend some of your usual shopping time meeting for coffee with friends you rarely see. Try to be more creative with the clothes you already have. Find a good dressmaker to alter previous expensive purchases and update them. DO BUY THOUGHTFULLY AND NOT TOO OFTEN SO THAT YOU DON’T FEEL GUILTY AS THESE ARE THE PURCHASES THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. Remember the ‘Shopping Mantra’ CHARACTER, CLOTH, COLOUR, CUT, COST and CORRECT FIT don’t buy if you have to lie – to yourself about any one of these.
you can never have too many sandals 🙂 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Summer Holiday Packing
Are you like me – do you take too much? End up with a strained back from pulling your case in and out of cars. We usually do not wear it all, so I have devised a list to help, assuming you are able to rinse through the odd item, this list is good for a two week beach holiday.
Leave some space for the essentials – sun lotion and a kindle or Ipad instead of all those books! – Here are my tips for what to take in your suitcase this summer…
1 pair linen or cotton trousers (day or evening)
1 pair of comfy jeans
3 skirts (or shorts even just to keep fit or cool on the beach – not for evening wear unless under 35, unless superfit)
2 going out tops
2 dresses (day to evening)
Selection of 5 plain vest or T-tops for day and evening
1 cardigan and 1 wrap
1 sarong (to match)
1 beach towel
1 evening bag
1 pair of comfy all purpose flip flops for day and evening
1 pair of walking shoes
1 pair of comfy wedge sandals for evening wear mostly
1 beach bag & a sun hat
+ sunnies of course.
…and some more tips below…
Carefully roll all your clothes into sausages rather than folding as this way they arrive uncreased. Wear jeans and walking shoes (converse or similar) to travel through british weather. and wear jeans for nights out with strappy top and wedge heels.
Pack two dresses – that work for both day and evening. Add wedges and a clutch bag for drinks and flip-flops and a sun hat for gallery/shopping and lunch.
Match white t-shirt with solid bold colour on bottom half to match flips and update your summer wardrobe..
Don’t pack clothes that are too tight (make one of them a loose colourful kaftan) as you need room to eat lovely food!
Have fun 🙂