Tip #3 -- Embrace the Golden Rule

It is the Golden Rule of Shopping – Invest in basics. Basics need not be your entire budget but are worth spending a little extra on because this is where you will get the most bang for your buck.

Every woman must have in their closet a pair of black pants and a black skirt. The Limited and Express both have options for different body types and best of all a variety of pant lengths. And for around $70, you will get a pair that holds up for quite awhile and does not pill. While you are at the shop, pick-up a black blazer because this is a must as well.

I think it goes without saying a woman should have 1 pair of jeans that fit her well and are versatile. When it comes to fit, it is important to make sure the length is right, especially if you are planning on wearing heels. Avoid any and all jeans that accentuate the muffin top or make your butt look flat or wide. I recommend a skinny jean in a darker wash because you can cuff the jean depending on the shoe. Generally a dark wash and skinny leg make your legs look longer and leaner. Plus this cut can do dressy to casual, day to night, and will fit well underneath boots. If skinny is not your thing, then go with a slight flare or boot cut.

Unfortunately when it comes to jeans, and any basics for that matter, you have to try on multiple styles to find the perfect fit. Not a ton of fun I know. I would say I have had luck at the Gap if I am looking for a good basic jean. Again, lots of variety when it comes to style and lengths.

The last 2 items I would consider basics and a staple to any wardrobe: long, black cardigan in a fine knit and leggings. A cardigan can go over your sleeveless tops as a layering piece. This will help you get more mileage out of your wardrobe during colder weather too. Last but not least, leggings are the ultimate go to. You can wear under tunics, dresses, long tops and with flats, tall boots and chunky heels. If you even want to take it there, to exercise in. As you can see, very versatile indeed!

If you plan on doing any shopping at The Limited, Express or Gap, sign-up for their email mailing lists. You will receive different discounts regularly and really have no good reason to buy anything at full-price.

That is Part II of the Golden Rule of Shopping – wait for a coupon.

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