Learn How To Be A Better Shopper | Clozette

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Shopping is not a mindless activity. It reflects how well you know your style and how great you are at decision making (and running around snagging the best deals). Buying things isn't cheap as well, so you have to know which are worth all that hard work you went through. 


So here's an adage to keep in mind: the value of your clothes is measured by the number of times you wear it, how versatile it is, and how it fits on your body. It should fit all those criteria before you splurge. 


To help you out, here's a list of 5 things you can do to be a better shopper starting now!


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Know Your Size and Stay True To It



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Knowing your size is the top priority when you're shopping for clothes and shoes. If something doesn't fit you well in certain areas, don't be afraid to go 1 size up or down. You're the customer and you deserve something that fits you well.  Besides, not all body types are the same, embrace yours and stay true to it. 

Go Beyond The Looks



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Don't be easily swayed by the salesperson or your shopping friend who says "that looks good on you," because everything can and will look good on you if you know how to carry it. When choosing an item feel the texture of the fabric, is it worth it or is it just an expensive version of something else you had in mind? 



Know Your Style



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That moment of long decision making before you finally make it to the cashier is often caused by you not knowing your style well. Before you shop, think of what your style is, which colours look good you, which designs you like, your celebrity icons, and which pieces flatter your body most. From here, you can easily decide between similar pieces of clothing. (So, will it be that denim A-line or that denim skater skirt?)  



Think Long Term



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Buying something is a commitment. If you buy this item, are you really going to use it? How often will you use it? Here's the basic principle: if it's a trendy piece that resulted from an impulsive urge to shop, chances are you're not always going to use it. If it's a timeless piece, you're most likely to use it again and again, regardless of fashion trends. These are the type of pieces you should be buying.



To Splurge Or Not To Splurge?



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It an item comes with a hefty price tag, you better think long and hard if it's something you would wear constantly or if it's just a trendy item for the current season. If you don't see yourself wearing it for long, try to see if you can spot a similar style from a cheaper brand. But if you feel it's truly worth the splurge and can remain a timeless classic, go ahead and rest in the fact that a timeless piece will end up being cost-effective in the long run because it's an investment that will last a lifetime. 



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We're having a déjà vu moment with our wardrobe and we've never been happier! This is why you don't necessarily need to throw out everything in your closet because trends will come and go, and it's so much better if you're first in line to sport the big fashion comeback.


We've spotted fashion comebacks from the 70s, 80s, and 90s both on the runway and on Clozette. So if you're ready to find out which comebacks are on trend right now...read on!


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Flare Pants



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Move over skinny jeans because flare pants are so in this season! Unlike super fit jeans, flare pants are much more flattering as it hugs you in the right places and flares out at the bottom for a more feminine silhouette. It's another fun twist to your jeans and top combination--pair it with heels and sunnies for a sure fire hit.  

Bohemian



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The hipster has morphed into a new form called "hippie" which is not just a fashion trend but also a big movement way back in the 70s. It's the style where flowy pieces, beads, and fringe reign. To be honest, we are more than happy to welcome this trend because we've had enough of the basic and monochrome styles. It's time to add colour!    



Overalls



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We all know denim is in now more than ever, but our eyes have turned a specific liking to the denim jumper. It may be a man-repellent to some but who cares if you look extremely fashionable in it? Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Isabel Marant's recent collections can vouch for you. We've got your back, so go ahead and strut that overall! 



Trucker Caps



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Although it's cap cousin Snapback is still happily roaming around, we can't help but smile as we witness the resurrection of the Trucker Cap in shops such as Roxy, ASOS, and even on the Marc Jacobs Runway. You may have seen this cap worn by male celebrities such as those from Laguna Beach and Punk'd host Ashton Kutcher, but it actually looks very flattering on women. It's both sporty and hipster--perfect for a sunny day companion.    



Plaid Polo



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It's been a fun time playing with grid-patterned polos, but we all know that the plaid pattern is queen. Its casual and boyish charm is what makes this comeback a must-try. You can tie it around your waist, wear it in over a tank top, or on its own. 



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Do you ever wonder which colours are best for you this month? Or which style would suit your horoscope sign? Or perhaps wondering how you can snag a celebrity icon's flawless style? Don't fret--because we're laying it all out for you! For this month, we have the Virgo women on the spotlight!


Virgo women are oozing with confidence and are very hardworking--especially for the people she loves. She is a complete woman full of determination and can do anything once she sets her mind to it. It is said that September is looking to be a busy month for the Virgo woman.


So if you're a Virgo woman (just like our Clozette Ambassador Eugena), here are fashion and beauty essentials to help you step out and rock the month in style.


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What To Expect This Month



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September is such a busy month for you because new opportunities will come up, friendships will cultivate, and you'll be enjoying the limelight a few days before the new moon on the second Sunday of September. Since you're juggling all of these, it may bit a stressful for you so you better prepare yourself! Make sure your mind is always set your ultimate goal!

Colour Of The Month: Blue



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According to colour psychology: "blue is conservative and predictable, a safe and non-threatening colour, and the most universally liked colour of all, probably because it is safe and non-threatening. At the same time blue is persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors it pursues." For your career-oriented days, wear a shade of blue for little luck on your side and a fresh, invigorating look.  



Fashion Icon: Blake Lively  


Your Celebrity Style match is none other than the stunning and chic actress that is Blake Lively. You may have seen her portray Serena Vanderwoodsen in Gossip Girl; and to be honest, her personal style is quite similar to the ever gorgeous Serena. She exudes an elegant confidence in whatever she wears and always dresses up with a hint of femininity. So use this month to get your style on-point and channel your inner Blake.


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Style-To-Rock: Feminine & Functional 



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Virgos gravitate toward beautiful pieces but stays away from over-the-top pieces for a classy and elegant aura. Since September is your month, go beyond the usual skirt and floral print choice and choose something that focuses on your ladylike silhouettes. Mix vintage pieces with classic styles or opt for matching feminine pieces with a bold accessory for a creative twist! 



Beauty Item: MAC's Vamplify Lipglass



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To be honest, Virgos rarely need makeup as their health and skincare routine are always in check. But if you must add something to your vanity then it should be bold lipstick colours such these from MAC's newest collection--Vamplify Lipglass. It's a lipgloss infused with colour-boosting technology that delivers an intense colour payoff fit for days you feel like making a statement. This lipgloss plus a flawless makeup with brows on point and you're good to go.



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