I’m a teacher….I love acronyms…they are really a great memory tool for learning! So, when Stacy London and Clinton Kelly pulled out an acronym last night on What Not To Wear for purchasing decisions while shopping….I was on board. I really agree with what they are saying and this simple little word…BASE…can save us money and time…I wish I had all of the minutes spent in returning items I changed my mind about after getting home with the purchase!! BASE stands for


B………Body Image….how does the garment fit and make your body look…is it flattering?


A……..Age Appropriate….Do you look too young….Do you look too old….does it work for who you are?


S……..Seasons….how much mileage will you get from the garment? How many different things can you do with it?


E……..Economics….is it cost effective? Worth the dollars?


The reason I was in the mall last weekend was to look for an outfit for an evening wedding….that fit! I ended up making my purchase in Dillards where I bought this white jacket and black pencil skirt. When I put on the jacket, I liked the look of it on my new, curvy body…..I believed this jacket was age appropriate (though I tried on others that day that made me feel old)….I decided I would get more mileage out of separates than a dress….and the jacket was marketed down from $139 to $49. My thought process really followed the BASE plan. Now, that I have an acronym to think each purchase through…I plan to thoughtfully use it from now on!!

I think it makes good sense….what about you??

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