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Waste Not Want Not

In my work I meet so many women that purchase clothes thinking they'll return them if they don't fit, look as good as they did in store etc etc . . . but never get around to it.

And you don't need a pro to tell you how much money and time this can cost.

I see a ton of waste, whether it be time or money; and it's all down to making bad choices.

So many women buy clothes that don't fit, don't flatter, don't actually look good when they get the item home and then can't be bothered to return it so it just crowds space in an already full wardrobe.

Sound like you?

You're not the only one.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Here's my easy tips on how to prevent this . . .

* Try stuff on before you take it home. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tempted to not try on an item, because it looks like it will fit perfectly. We've all done it. But it's in the change room that we discover there's something wrong in the cut, or there's a hemming issue or it just looks blah and it's much easier to leave that garment behind at that point, than spend your hard earned cash on it, then have to spend more of your precious time returning it at a later date (if the store will even allow).

* When you get the garment home, try it on again with a few other clothes you have in your wardrobe to make sure it works in with your existing clothes - BEFORE YOUR REMOVE THE TAGS AND DISCARD THE RECEIPT. We all know that some stores have ‘skinny mirrors’. If it's no longer a good purchase, take it back straight away. The longer that garment is in your possession, the more likely that it will become a mistake that takes up expensive real estate in your wardrobe.

* If you bought an item knowing that it needs an alteration or two, take it to the alterations person either on the way home, or as soon as possible. Don’t let it languish, if you realise it was a mistake, take it back immediately. Stores are not interested in old stock, once that garment has gone onto the sales rack you may either not be able to take it back, or only get store credit (and maybe there is nothing else in that store that appeals to you, unfortunately store credit doesn’t pay the rent or buy you food).

* Don’t buy clothes just because they're on sale. Ask yourself ‘would I buy this full price?’ If at it’s full price you can see that it’s not something you’d normally wear, then you won’t wear it when it’s on sale either.

* Never shop because you’re tired, emotional or when you’re hungry. You won't be and thinking and therefore bad decisions will be made. Make sure you’re fed and watered before hitting the shops so all your mental faculties are firing.

* Understand who you are, what suits your body shape, body proportions, personality style, colouring. The more you know about who you are as a person, what your style is and what makes you look fabulous, the better your choices will be.

If you need help with any of the above, sign up the the Inna Moment Style Coach Membership Programme or book a Wardrobe Inspiration session and learn how to make shopping a breeze and never waste your money or time shopping unsuccessfully again!

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