Great Expectations

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perfect shoeRecently I’ve noticed an interesting trend regarding the expectations people have while shopping. Since I am in the business of helping people become savvier shoppers, I have to pay lip service to this issue.

There is no perfect shoe. There is no perfect dress. There is no perfect bag. There is, however, a need to make the best of what’s available. When you’re a budget shopper (which nearly all of us are in one way or another), a lover of sales (ME!), on a schedule and unable or unwilling to spend your entire month dedicated to shopping (everyone), you are going to have to settle in some way. This is not as bad as it sounds.

Let’s use designer shoes as an example: Christian Louboutin (the epitome of chic footwear) retail between $400 and $800 (with many pairs exceeding $1000!). If you’re planning to spend $500 on a pair of shoes, then you absolutely should be as picky as possible and not settle for a thing! But let’s say you found a pair of Louboutin heels in gently used condition (which realistically is how any pair of shoes appear after just a few wears) at a consignment store for a third of the price. Are you expecting them to have every single thing you want? If so, you’ll have to get used to disappointment or prepare to start spending a lot more money.

A Chloe bag, gently used at a third of the price, in brown but you wanted black? Incredible designer shoes at a real steal with one detail you’re not crazy about? A gorgeous dress that pulls in one unnoticeable area? Buy them! While individual pieces can make real statements, it’s how everything is put together that really matters, so those small details you were unhappy with will disappear against the backdrop of an amazing outfit.

Of course, I’m not advocating squeezing yourself into a size 4 dress when you wear an 8, or purchasing sexy shoes that you absolutely cannot walk in. Where and how to settle is a fine line, one I teach my clients. But for you readers, I’ll sum it up this way: If you find yourself saying ‘it’s perfect, but…’, try instead saying, ‘it’s perfect enough.’




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