Sensible shopping costs less

Shopping can be a pleasure or a nightmare.

Shopping can be a pleasure or a nightmare.

But there are tips that you can use to be an effective and organised shopper.

Do you admire well-dressed women and wonder why you can't seem to pull it off? They follow simple rules that can also make you look like them.

Dress well to shop.

In order to spend less and buy wisely, dress up in comfortable clothes. It is the same concept as going to the grocery store on a full stomach.

Shop with a plan. Know exactly what you need and how much you can spend. Making a list is also important. A list also means that you have a budget. Just ensure that you stick to the list and the budget.

Keep an ongoing list of clothing needs posted in your closet. As you dress each morning, make notes of items you need to complete outfits such as a wider, brown belt or a white T-shirt with a V-neck.

Be specific.

Take the list with you when you shop so that you do not end up shopping for things you do not really need.

Before making a purchase ask yourself: "Does this match my wardrobe in terms of colour, style and price? Is this on my needs list? How versatile is this piece? How many ways can I wear it?"

Nothing says simple elegance like a classic white shirt.

A collared white shirt works best in poplin or twill, which give structure and are not too sheer.