|I would like to be more discerning when I buy clothes or furniture. What do you recommend I do to acquire this ability?
Be honest with yourself. Ask these questions:
What can I afford?
Is this a trend that I can afford to throw out?
How long do I want it to last?
Will I end up selling this at a yard sale for $1?
Learn what works best for you. Do not settle for anything that is not absolutely perfect. Only buy what you LOVE. Avoid impulse purchases and never shop if you are in a bad mood.
Gain more of an interest in clothing. Read fashion magazine. Pretty much stay in tune with whats going on in fashion.
Keep it simple
Decide on what you like, what you need and what you can realistically afford.
Do not buy for name buy for comfort, style, fit, quality and what is "beauty" to you.
Look, listen, ask
know what your personal style is and never go with the trends if that's not who you are. Having a personality that radiates through your fashion and interior design shows who you are. Be knowledgable about what is out there and what you like, history helps a lot also.
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Watch how-to shows and check out You-tube for tutorials. And read, read, read and don't be afraid to experiment.
I would recommend looking through books and magazines. Watching make-over shows for both genres. Try thinking about your own style, own it and then incorporate it. Make sure that it's something that makes you feel good and that you can live with. In the end that's all that matters.
HIRE A STYLIST!!
Fashion and interior design magazines always generate new ideas and provide the latest in trends.
I think a good rule of thumb is when you're out shopping ask yourself "does this piece look better than everything else in my closet?". If the answer is no, put it back. Clean out your closet at least once a year. If you haven't worn an item in a year, toss it. Be objective. If it doesn't fit right, have it altered or get rid of it. If it's cute but does feel like you, don't wear it. If it's not cute, for god's sake, get it out of your closet! Don't buy or wear something just because it's trendy. Not all trends are for all people. Know yourself. Style isn't about wearing what everyone else is wearing or even about wearing what everyone else will be wearing. It's about setting yourself apart from the crowd by having and expressing *your* personality, not someone else's. The same principals apply to furniture. Your home should be your favorite retreat and a reflection of you. Being "discerning" is pretty simple (at the risk of using an already over used cliche): keep it real.
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