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5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?

I rarely shop. And I've all but quit shopping without a clear item in mind - I very rarely shop for sport and surprise. I shop second hand instead of new whenever possible.

I wait until something catches my eye. In my mind, there’s no such thing as an impulse buy. If you love it and you feel beautiful in it, why not? Sometimes I know what I’m looking for but that can be a problem because I’m very particular.

don't buy if you all ready have the similar items

I love online shopping when tipsy. I shop for my ideal size rather than my current size.

The “I shouldn’t be spending money right now...” as I purchase three things at two different stores.

I only really go shopping when I'm with my family so I don't pay for anything. I don't have a lot of money to spend on anything but necessities.

You should probably have more than two pairs of shoes and more than one pair of jeans. And maybe more than two bras too. Also, it's okay to spend money on something you really like, especially if the quality is good and it'll last you a long time.

Never buy anything with a turtle neck or a V-neck. And never buy anything with a collar. Only wear boat necks, jewel necks and henley shirts (preferred).

Get it if you really want it. Sometimes it's good to indulge our inner princess and get her that shiny new bag. I don't follow this because I have always had to budget and be careful with my money

Shop at chains as little as possible. Avoid buying what everyone else is.


I believe shopping should be based on income.

I usually make a list of the stores I want to go to, and try to use as little bags as possible. This means that items from two shops go into one bag, and although practical- it gets really heavy!

It would be arrogant of me to recommend shopping rules to anyone. I don't care what others purchase. I have my favorite stores & websites. If I had to say one thing, it would be: "why do you wear pantyhose?".
I don't even own a pair.

Buy what you like and don't try to look like others.

Don't buy it if you can't imagine a situation where you would use/wear it.

i buy something which is comfortable ....and usually comes under the category of sports wear..

i don't shop for clothes anymore. it's amazing. it's so freeing. it is something i do very rarely and have almost no patience for. i sew for myself instead.

Shopping isn't buying. I sew most of my own clothes, and alter the rest. So shopping is browsing. You can always come back to it if necessary.

Stay away from bargains which are not on my shopping list.

I buy almost all clothes second-hand. It would be nice and necessary to support some new businesses that focus on sustainable clothing.
So, don't buy everything second-hand.

I am trying to be more sustainable with what I buy so if I cannot guarantee I will wear it more than once or if I can point out things I do not like about the garment I won't buy it. I refuse to buy anything because it 'might fit me when...'

Sales don't mean the quality is cheap... buy that shit up.

1. If you love it, really really love it - buy multiples
2. Shop alone - opinions are distracting, you should know what you like and what looks good on you
3. Have a clear non vain idea of what works and does not work for you. Stick to it. Evolve naturally but don't force follow a trend, please!

baggy is good

rarely feminin colors. No princes--stuff

I can't stand to wear tights with skirts or dresses it just doesn't WORK with! "It doesn't have to match, it has to GO." Emphasize a waist at all costs. No denim on denim.

I avoid fast fashion as much as possible.
I don't buy anything unless I absolutely love it and cannot live without it. If I have any reservations about the item, it's going back.
I try to buy from thrift stores, made-in-usa or fair trade companies only.

Do it when you want to. Spontanious.
Try Things without bying them.

Sales rack first and last, everything else in-between. It encourages me to buy cheap, without restricting the more expensive stuff.

In about the last year or so I have started buying shoes online. It has a lot to do with the fact that, truth be told, I have really smelly feet and so find it incredibly uncomfortable trying shoes on in shops, especially when the shop assistants are overly effusive and helpful! Admittedly online shoe shopping hasn't been the most successful for me - the pair of Beau Coops I bought are one size too big, but I still wear them anyway. The Adidas Stan Smiths I bought are one size too small, but I still wear them anyway. Sandals are hard to buy online. I've taken to emailing the shop that I am ordering shoes from (if it is an actual shoe shop as opposed to a website like ASOS) and asking them whether the shoes are small fitting or larger. That's been useful.

I always ask myself "would this look great in a photo?" if it isn't photogenic, why have it?

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