In this post I will show you how to be your own personal shopper for your image. Crazy? Yes, I know.
If you are finished all the steps and have your shopping list in hand, you’re ready to go shopping!
There are 3 steps to shopping like a personal shopper:
Your annual clothing investment should range anywhere between %3 to %10. If you’re lifestyle is more formal, aim for %10. If it’s more casual then it can be less. Remember, this range includes all clothing, shoes, accessories and outwear, and should be split between cool weather (fall/winter) and warm weather (spring/summer). Also, remember that fall/winter clothing is more costly than spring/summer clothing.
Here’s an example breakdown
Annual Salary: $60,000
Budget is %5 of salary
$60,000 x %5 = $3000
Assign $2000 to fall/winter months and $1000 to spring/summer months
Now that you know your total investment, divide the cost up among all the items you need.
Total Cost $2000
Notice that my list only includes a few pieces at higher price points rather than more items at low price points. The logic behind this is:
For example, it’s better to buy a pants for $150 that you can wear 200 times as opposed to buying a pants at $75 that you can only wear 50 times. Do the math.
Higher quality pant: $150/200 = $0.75 per wear
Lower quality pant: $75/50 = $1.50 per wear
Even if you can’t see it, the difference between a low-quality/ low-end item is noticeable, and if you’re serious about changing your image, I wouldn’t skip this aspect.
2 Piece Suit Original Price $500
Buy the suit mismatched and too big at %75 off for $125
Cost of alterations $100
Total cost of 2 piece suit after discount and alterations
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