To save time and money in building a consistent personal style, nurture relationships with retail sales staff. In essence, they are a free resource that acts as your research team for wardrobe development. Have a favorite store or discover a new one? As you enter approach a staffer you visually admire. Tell them you’d like help with a wardrobe plan. Share your strategic shopping list, budget, shape goals, color preferences and image muse. Ask about current sales. Ask if they keep client profiles and enroll in frequent shopper programs. When done shopping jot down remaining needed items and ask to be contacted if upcoming shipments arrive. Viola… the inside scoop to best deals and merchandise!

Clare Hefferren

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