Score Black Friday Deals Like a Style Expert

True deal shoppers know that Black Friday isn't just about finding holiday gifts for others. Oh no. True sales rack connoisseurs take every opportunity to find a great deal for numero uno as well. That's right. Find a great style deal for yourself this Friday! It's what any true clotheshorse deal seeker would do.

Of course, to deem fashion finds as true deals, you have to make sure they're good buys in terms of cost as well as in terms of wear-worthiness. A good deal has to be great, feel great, and look great or it's not a real deal at all.

Carol Tuttle, style expert and author of Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile, is here with us today with some amazing shopping advice. Read on for her tips for getting the most out of big sales this holiday season.


7 Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Style Expert

1. Rather than take on the entire store, narrow it down to a specific type of garment. Let’s say you begin with casual tops. Just shop for casual tops following the next six steps. You will avoid overwhelm and confusion and grow your confidence as you build on your skills to find great fashion that you love, step-by-step.

2. First look for the colors that you look best in. Go down the racks looking for color first. You don’t even have to pull an article of clothing off the rack until you discover a color that you are attracted to.

3. Next, check out the design lines of the garment. Do you prefer animated designs, stylized designs, or more angles and points in your designs? Look at the collars, pockets, hemlines, and necklines. If the design lines are not right for you, put it back.

4. Fabrication is the next item to consider in a garment. Do you like soft flowing, plush, comfy fabrics? Or do you prefer more structured, fitted garments? The sure way to know if the garment you are considering is right for you? Try it on! Does it feel good on your body? Only get it if you can say YES!

5. Now look at the pattern (if it has a pattern). Maybe you prefer less pattern or no pattern at all. Is it a pattern that you are attracted to? Is it too busy or too simple? Many women do not even like pattern and prefer solid colors in her clothes. If the pattern is right for you, move on to the next step!

6. If the article of clothing has made it this far, your next step is to look it over for quality. Are there any tears, rips, spots, or flaws?

7. Your last step is a simple question to ask yourself: "Do I love this?" Don’t settle for clothes you don’t love and feel good in. It doesn’t matter what you are paying for it -- don’t talk yourself into an article of clothing you can’t say you love even if it's a great price. If you don’t love it, it will hang in your closet just to gather dust.

Do you shop for yourself on Black Friday? Got any tips to share?

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