Right or wrong, the holidays have become synonymous with shopping. Shopping for gifts, shopping for décor and – if you’re anything like me – shopping for something to wear to that office party or holiday soirée.
For many of us an invitation to any social event immediately triggers an urgent need to plan a full day of shopping for the perfect outfit. Another couple hundred dollars on something that looks exactly like the last little something purchased for a previous event (usually black). If it’s a dress, it is probably sleeveless or three-quarter sleeves; particularly if you haven’t been in the gym for a while.
Enter: My grandmother. If you’ve been a follower of the 360Women blog, you know the extraordinary role she played in my early years and a huge believer in the concept of “shopping your closet” before you bought anything new. The idea is to pull out every dress or outfit that is currently in your closet – or your partner’s closet (who gets all their clothes into one closet?) – lay them out on your bed and then do the following:
Actually try it on.
I know that was painful. But while you’re trying it on, put on the right shoes. Kick off the furry slippers or sneakers and put on the shoes you would wear with this outfit. They have to have some sort of a heel, even if it’s a small heel. Another grandmother hint: Heels not only make your legs look longer, but thinner.
Now ask yourself:
- Is it too tight or too baggy?
- Is it too short or too long?
- Does it make you look fantastic?
- Is it the right color for the event you’re attending?
- If you love it but it’s too long, can you have it hemmed in time?
If, after “shopping your closet” and asking yourself these questions, you’re still ready to pull out that credit card and hit the stores, then I’ll simply direct you to another previous post: Black Pants. If you’ve read it, you already have half your work done. With the best black pants in hand, you can now shop your closet for a blouse, evening jacket or sparkly something that will dress up those pants. Add a little jewelry and some knock-em-dead earrings, and you’ve got it all together.
Still nothing to wear? Then by all means, do it. Hit the stores, hope for a sale and buy yourself something fun. And if you find perfect footwear to go along with that outfit, Buy the Shoes. (No matter what the price).