There are a few shopping rules that I swear by:
3. Spend to your weakness.
I’d like to unpack that last (brilliant) piece of advice, because it’s the most recently acquired and least well-known of my trio. The idea is that you plan on spending more money on your weak spots. Allocate a little extra in your clothing budget for whatever part of your body is hard to fit, or that you’re self-conscious about.
I’m tall, and my arms are so long that my junior high nickname was Neanderthal Woman. (I can’t make this stuff up.) Tall pants are pretty easy to come by these days, but tall shirts are hard to find and rarely on sale. But I really like it when my long sleeves make it all the way to my wrists, so I plan on spending a little extra to buy “tall” tops. (If you need any, I recommend Banana Republic and Gap.)
And since I have long feet to match my long legs, shoe shopping can be a nightmare. I’m jealous of you women who can run into DSW, grab a pair of heels off the sale rack, and go. I am not one of you. Thank goodness for zappos.com! They carry thousands of styles in every conceivable style and width and deliver them to your door overnight. Since I can’t usually find shoes that fit in the store, let alone on the sale rack, I plan on spending a little more on shoes than some of you do. (The upside is that since shoe shopping is so difficult, I’m never tempted to blow my clothing budget on cute shoes!)
Sometimes I’ll get lucky–I’ll find some sale tees that run long in the arms, or find size 12 boots at Target.com (!!). But generally, I’ve given myself permission to spend more money in the areas that give me trouble.
Do you spend to your weakness? What do you give yourself permission to spend a little extra on?