Posts Tagged: finances

On Source Discrimination and Broadened Searches

We’ve all got shopping biases: Stores we consider to be too young, too old, too expensive, too cheap, too … something. Reputations and personal experience are among the most influential factors, but we can also be susceptible to catalog and website styling: If a brand presents its items on models who look drastically different from ourselves, or if the clothing is styled in ways that clash with our aesthetics, we tune out. We assume that since we’re not the target audience, and the brand won’t work for us. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-19 06:16:59.

Reader Request: Shopping for Fiber Sensitive Women

shopping fiber sensitivity

Both Joanne and Victoria e-mailed me requesting resources and suggestions for women with fiber sensitivities. Also, I recently wrapped up an online consult with a woman who has severe pain reactions to many fibers, including most synthetics. Some folks must stick to 100% cotton only, others find certain textures and weaves irritating, so “fiber sensitive” is a bit of a broad net to cast. But I’ll share the resources and solutions I found, bring in another expert, and ask you all to contribute ideas, too. read more

Originally posted 2013-10-22 06:40:38.

Return, Repurpose, Resell

How to know when you should return, repurpose, or resell a clothing item that doesn't fit or work for you.

If you bat a thousand when it comes to style-related purchases, you’re my hero. I’ve never known anyone who adores and uses every item she ever buys and never makes a shopping blunder, but if you are she, you are AWESOME.

For the rest of us mere mortals, purchasing missteps must be dealt with on occasion. In my experience, there are three main choices for items you feel won’t work in the long run: Return, repurpose, and resell. Here’s how I break down my choices.

RETURN

I return anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged, wasn’t what I expected, doesn’t work within my wardrobe, and, of course, is returnable. Seldom do I purchase anything that I’m unsure about if it’s a final sale situation, but it has happened on occasion. I’m more inclined to return items quickly if they are expensive, since I absolutely hate to have money missing from my account that should eventually be mine again, but once I’ve decided to return something I get a bit obsessed. Even small items will get whisked back to their respective stores or dropped into the mail within hours of the decision being made. Nothing irks me like missing the return window on an item that I have no intention of keeping or wearing. read more

Originally posted 2012-02-13 06:19:11.