City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

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1. With the state of the economy, it’s easy to get carried away in stores like Forever 21 or H&M perusing the racks while sidestepping over sequined mini dresses slumped on the floor. Well, STOP. Put down the jersey mini and back away from the cash register. Remember three simple words: quality not quantity. Instead of buying several inexpensive items, save up and find something that may be a little pricier but is a timeless, quality piece.

2. Stop being lazy and when you see an advertisement for a sample sale, go! What’s better than designer clothes, that you normally only dream about, 50-80% off?

3. Don’t be afraid of your own closet. Take a few minutes and survey what you already have. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve found a dress or sweater in the back of my closet and said to myself, ‘Why haven’t I been wearing this?’ It’s a great feeling when you pull something from the back of your closet and it feels new.

4. Clicking through the latest runway shots on style.com, instead of drooling over Lanvin’s new collection of heirloom inspired jewelry or Diane Von Furstenberg’s hippie headwear, get out some scissors and a hot glue gun and make your own. You’d be surprised with what you can do with a yard of velvet ribbon, a strand of pearls and a foot or so of silver chain.

5. I know it can be addictive, so take a 12-step program to kick the habit of only shopping online if that’s what it takes. Convenient yes, but online shopping doesn’t give you the opportunity to see if your purchase works on you. And, sometimes it’s tempting to keep an item even though it may not fit perfectly to avoid paying the return shipping fees.

Originally published January 2009
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