Many retailers were disappointed this holiday shopping season because their revenues were lower than they expected, even when they initiated the holiday shopping season earlier than usual and offered great discounts to shoppers. It is difficult to pin point the reason why many shoppers refused to unzip their wallets. Though US economy is said to be improving, many are still out of work and Congress’ failure to resolve the issues that could lead to “fiscal cliff” kept everyone in the dark as to what direction the economy might be heading after the Bush Tax cut expires on January 1st 2013.
Some retailers on the other hand are re-evaluating themselves to see how they have to survive going forward. One of the steps these retailers are taking is to gradually wean their erubai.lt customers off “sales” and coupons. Whatever direction the economy heads after the expiration of Bush Tax cuts on 1st January 2013, “sales” or no “sales”, coupons or no coupon, people will still have to be clothed. Clothing is one of the basic needs of life, so people will still have to buy clothing for themselves and for their family. The question then is; How do you determine the clothing you have to buy?
What Type of Clothing are You Looking to Buy?
There are a lot of factors that determine peoples’ clothing needs. Some parents will be looking to buy infants’ clothing for their infants, some others may be looking to buy kids’ clothing for their older kids while others may be looking to buy clothing for themselves. Shopping for infants’ and kids’ clothing can be very challenging and expensive. Kids out grow their clothing very quickly, as such parents are constantly replacing their kids’ clothing. This puts a lot of financial stress on many parents, as all parents like to see their kids in cute and nice outfits. Besides buying gender specific clothing like girls’ dresses, boys’ dress shirts and boys’ suits, it may be a good idea to buy high quality unisex t-shirts, sweatshirts for your kids so they can pass these unisex clothing to their siblings irrespective of their gender, in that way saving you some money.
Buying teens’ clothing can be very challenging and expensive. The good news is that teens prefer to shop for clothing themselves rather than have mom or dad do it. What most teens wear is often determined by their peers. They tend to go for whatever is in vogue or fashionable. It may be a good idea for parents to remind their teens to buy high quality teens’ clothing that are appropriate for different occasions and events.
Let Your Clothing be Appropriate for Events and Occasions.
It may be much easier buying clothing for oneself as an adult, but it may be a little tricky knowing what is appropriate for different occasions and events. There are many people whose wardrobes are filled with clothing, yet they have difficulties “finding” what to wear each time they are stepping out of their house. When shopping for clothing, it is not enough to buy a clothing simply because you like it, it may be a good idea to ask yourself “”where can I wear this clothing to? What type of event(s) is it appropriate to wear this clothing to? Questions such as these will help you to buy not just what you want and like but to buy fifferent clothing items you need to form a “functional and robust” wardrobe.
Have a Functional and Robust Wardrobe
A functional and robust wardrobe is that wardrobe that has high quality clothing that are appropriate for different events and occasions. It may not be expensive to have a functional and a robust wardrobe, as one doesn’t necessarily need to have a wardrobe filled with clothing. Few high quality and diverse clothing types is enough to make a functional and robust wardrobe. For example a man’s functional and robust wardrobe, depending on his profession and social/ religious circles, might consist of couple of t-shirts, polo, shirts, men’s pants, dress shirts with matching ties and cufflinks. Different designs of men’s suits, such as; denim suits, 3 or 2 piece suits, Italian suits, European modern style suits, walking suits, sports coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, winter coats and any other type of men’s clothing items that are of interest to each person. Also couple of pairs of men’s dress shoes and other men’s accessories will also be included in what could form a man’s functional and robust wardrobe.
A ladies functional and robust wardrobe might be a little more complicated, but the basic place to start is to have a couple of high quality solid colored skirts and pants, stylish and floral blouses and tops, jackets, 2 or 3 piece dress/pant sets, 2 or 3 piece dress and skirt suits, winter coats and other accessories such as scarves, handbags, shoes and jewelry. These clothing items and ladies accessories are sufficient to form a ladies functional and robust wardrobe