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11 Things To Consider When Buying Clothes

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Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Morah Rose

There are a few important things that you need to consider when shopping for clothes.

In this article, we are going to discuss what to consider when buying clothes.

1. Find out the cost per wear before buying any piece of clothing

Cost per wear is the cost of a piece of clothing divided by the number of times you wear it.

This means taking the price of the item and comparing it to the number of times you will be wearing it. 

Here’s an example to help you understand:

Let’s assume that you spend most of your time working at the office.

You spot an expensive but very nice and good quality dress that fits you perfectly and is ideal for events and parties. 

Considering the cost per wear, the dress may not be worth it because you will rarely wear it.

That’s because most of your days and time are spent working at the office and you rarely go to events and parties. 

Let’s instead assume you came across expensive and elegant office wear for the modern woman. In this case, it will make more sense to buy it because of its cost per wear!

But let’s say you want to buy a fit-and-flare dress and you find one that fits you like a glove and looks beautiful on you. However, it is flashy and you do not wear flashy clothes. 

In this case, I recommend finding out the cost per wear!

Key Take Away
You need to know if a clothing item is a need or a novelty.
You should only spend more money buying clothes that you will actually wear!

See also:

How To Look Expensive On A Budget (Men Styling Hacks).

Best Dresses For Your Body Shape & Tummy.

How To Find The Best Jeans For Your Body Type.

2. Buy clothes that go with different outfits in your closet

To achieve this you always need to have a purpose when going shopping.

You hence won’t end up buying clothes simply because you think they look cool.

Looking stylish does not come by accident. You need to consider what you buy and what you put in your closet. 

All the pieces you buy should go together. That includes creating a color palette that you can interchange with each piece in your closet. 

Personally, this is what I do: I imagine the piece with everything else that I have in my closet. If I can’t form at least 3 outfits in my head, I normally don’t buy them.

This way I avoid buying clothes that I will rarely wear.

And that’s how I create my own unique style! 

Key Take Away
Be self-aware!
Any item that you end up buying should have at least three options that can go with other pieces in your closet.

See also:

Men’s Swimwear Guide: How To Look Good At The Beach For Guys.

How To Dress Like An Italian Woman In Summer (Italian Style Clothing).

3. Focus on colors when shopping for clothes

When shopping for clothes, it’s important to be more aware of:

  • Colors that make you feel great.
  • Colors that make you feel beautiful.
  • Colors that will make you glow based on your skin color.

I recommend focusing on one color or knowing how to pull off a monochromatic look. 

This will make you look expensive, elevate your style, as well as give you confidence when shopping.

Key Take Away
The color of the clothes you buy could either make you look good or bad.
Buy clothes that match your shade and complexion. 

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4. Stay away from hyped pieces

Hyped pieces that you see celebrities or influencers wearing are most likely going to end up ruining your wardrobe. Or you may end up wearing them for some time and then not anymore.

This is because they are meant to be very visually stimulating!

Buying hyped pieces is only worth it if you buy those that are personal to you and ones that you genuinely love.

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5. Know the store’s target audience

I’d recommend stepping out or staying away from stores that don’t align with your personality. 

That’s because you might end up buying clothes that will not match your specific lifestyle or surpass your needs or don’t build the vision that you would like to create for yourself.

6. Keep in mind that all clothing brands can be altered

Whichever brand you end up buying, remember they can be altered to meet your needs or fit you like a glove.

7. The price tag of a piece of clothing does not guarantee quality

Just because the price of the clothing is high or is from a popular brand does not guarantee quality.

You will be surprised to find how many popular clothing brands get away with low-quality clothes simply because they have a reputation for selling fashionable clothes.

Therefore, it is important to know when you are getting quality and when you’re just getting overpriced cheap quality clothes because of the brand name.

How to tell the difference between good quality clothes vs cheap quality clothes

First, you need to know the following (you can use online videos to help you):

  • Know how a good seam is finished. 

The piece of clothing should be perfect with no loose ends or threads falling about or looking irregular.

It should also appear ‘tight’ or durable. It shouldn’t be affected when you try to stretch it out.

Additionally, the distance between each thread should be uniform.

  • Learn how to check a well-made buttonhole.
  • Learn how to determine if the fabric is cut properly. 
  • Find out what material is worth paying more. 

That is basically how to check the quality differences in the fabric.

You may also like: How To Dress Like An Italian Man In Summer.

8. Know what to expect from a type of clothing before buying

This means that you will need to look at the fabric label. 

That’s because some clothes will look great in the store but may end up looking terrible after you wash them or start to stink with time.

This is because some may be “hand-wash only”, “dry wash only” or “should not be washed”.

Additionally, you should be aware of materials that will need high-standard care!

See also:

How To Remove Sweat Smell From Clothes Instantly (Stubborn Smell).

How To Know Your Natural Scent (And How To Smell It).

9. Buy clothes that fit you

When shopping for clothes, always buy the ones that fit you perfectly without being too tight or too baggy.

In our article on how to look expensive on a budget (for ladies), we have discussed in detail the importance of wearing clothes that fit you perfectly. 

10. Move around when trying on new clothes

Move around, sit down, walk around, and bend down when trying on new outfits before buying them.

This will help you notice some small important things. For example, the outfit may keep unbuttoning, or the zip keeps going down.

Additionally, this will help you know if the dress or skirt looks appropriate when you are seated or if it is too tight to even walk comfortably in. 

This will save you from buying clothes that you may end up regretting later.

11. Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry/ too happy

In most cases, you will end up buying clothes that you will not love later or ones that will not look perfect on you.

Final Word

When shopping for clothes, don’t worry too much about getting a good deal. 

Instead, focus more on good pieces that will fit your body and style, and ones that have good fabric.