We both agree that our love for shopping, and classifying it as an actual hobby, stemmed from the best people in our lives. Our mothers! So, in lieu of this Sunday’s big event, we’ve compiled a few pieces of advice that continue to help us make smart shopping decisions. Here it is, a post dedicated to two beautiful, smart, stylish women.
Toni – Olivia’s mom
Black is always best.
I can’t begin to say how many times my mother has recommended I purchase a neutral versus a coloured piece. Black is her favourite colour. In fact, she’s the reason the tones of my closet are so muted and complementary.
Just the other week, I was looking at a pair of Eileen Fischer culottes on sale, and my mom recommended it better to pay the full price for a colour that is more useful, than save a scrap of money on a colour that I wouldn’t wear as much.
“Why not get the black for $400, rather than periwinkle for $220. Then you avoid the feeling of oh, the periwinkle pants again – black is way less of a noticeable repeat offender.”
The Devil’s in the details
My mother is an advocate for ironing. She’s always instilled in me that maintenance of clothing is so important. It’s the first thing she notices about any outfit, much to my displeasure (I hate ironing). It frustrates her so much, that sometimes we’ll have to literally take the shirt from my back and quickly stick it under something hot and flat!
Her go to quote is:
“Wrinkles can make the most expensive item look cheap. You could be wearing a $500 sweater, and make it look like $15. Or, you could be wearing a $15 sweater and make it look more expensive by pressing it.”
Roxanne -Tess’ Mom
Invest in your accessories
Most shopping trips with my mom begin and end in either the shoe or purse department. Something about floating around a department store, slipping on shoes and throwing different bags over your shoulder just makes my heart happy. We’re both suckers for these fine accessories – but who isn’t?!
My mom has always expressed the importance of your “outward accessories”. These are the pieces that most people notice about your outfit. They’re also the pieces that show their level of quality more-so than a t-shirt or jeans.
Everyone has made the mistake of purchasing poorly made shoes that fall apart after one season. Spending a little more on a quality pair of boots that will last you 3-5 years will stretch your dollar way more than cheaper pieces. Plus, if you resole them you can literally stretch them for years.
The same can be said for your other accessory investments (specifically your purse selection). Purses with structure will last you longer and hold up better to every day wear and tear. Softer, deconstructed purses are beautiful, but make sure the leathers aren’t too thin. Super thin, soft leathers will tear quicker than a sturdier material!
Invest in accessories that look great and stand the test of time.
When in doubt, return it!
Sometimes it can be really hard to make a decision when you’re confined to a 2 x 3 space and a changing room full of other ladies vying for mirror time. No one knows me better than my mom, and she has taught me that in stressful situations, you need to take a breath, make the purchase and try it on in the comfort of your own home. By removing yourself from the situation you can truly evaluate whether or not the piece works for you and the other items in your wardrobe. If ever I’m alone in a store and unsure I hear my mom’s voice saying “Well, you can always return it later”. Makes me smile every time!
Just make sure to check the store’s return policy!
These are just a few of our favourite pieces of advice. What are yours?