I got sucked into The Fashion Lover’s Guide to Incredible Bargains even though the author, Debbie Weisberg, is a hard core fashionista who pays for top shelf labels. She admitted to owning 40 pairs of black pants! I don’t have 40 of anything.
Debbie breaks up reviews of bargain chains and online retailers with short stories about her fashion exploits, like how she got a $10,000 mink coat for free. Now that’s a gloat every bargain hunter can appreciate!
She also shares tips for shopping online, describes 10 items you MUST have in your closet, and lists basic rules for smart shopping. Even though Debbie loves to buy clothes, she says there are certain times you should not shop:
- when you’re on vacation – aside from mementos to remember your trip, returns are often impossible and it can be difficult to gauge the authenticity
- when you need a special outfit of piece of jewelry and have less than one week to find it – instead of buying under pressure, look deep inside your closet (and the closets of your friends!) to find a suitable ensemble
- when you’re with friends who pay full-price – go along for the social scene instead
- when you’re tipsy – booze inhibits your fashion sense and puts your budget in jeopardy
I don’t agree with all Debbie’s advice, however. This is how she starts chapter two. “Upon spotting that incredible bargain, do not ask yourself if you need it. (You don’t). Simply buy it and gloat at your good fortune.”
If you’re never going to wear that incredible bargain or if your budget has more pressing needs, I would pass on an incredible bargain. But that’s because I am more budget-focused than Debbie, whose love of shopping comes though loud and clear. Her passion makes reading the Fashion Lover’s Guide fun.
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