With fall quickly approaching, I know I'm not the only one starting to plan out a fall wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite tried and true ways to shop realistically for your budget and lifestyle.
Be realistic about your lifestyle. Confesssion: I have a particular affinity for cocktail dresses, but my lifestyle at the moment (working at home with a husband in law school in a small town) doesn't call for wearing party dresses all that often. If you're shopping on a budget, it's especially important to focus on the clothes that will be worn frequently, rather than the ones that will be worn twice a year.
Be realistic about your size. While this may sound brutal, deciding whether or not you're really going to lose that last five pounds is important when those five pounds are the difference between two sizes. I know I've bought pants that I've worn once or twice because I was convinced I could make them work. There's no use spending money on clothes you won't be able to wear.
Be realistic about what's in your closet. Before you go shopping, clean out your closet. I know it's a pain, and not something most people enjoy doing, but editing down what you have will make figuring out what you need a lot easier.
Be realistic in the dressing room. Don't buy clothes that are on sale that you wouldn't pay full price for. Even the inexpensive clothes cost money that you could put towards things you love, and you don't want to wind up with a closet of things you're not crazy about that you bought on sale.