Most of the time when I am shopping, I know exactly what I'm looking for. I can generally get what I'm wanting pretty quickly without spending outside of my budget. But, then there comes the days when I'm shopping just to enjoy and am not on the hunt for something. While this makes for a really fun day, it can also lead to a lot of buyers remorse and then an outfit or piece in your closet that just takes up space. For example: I had been in love with Cobalt blue for a while and had been wanting a dress in that colour. At the time, when I hit the shops for fun, I didn't have a plan and hadn't researched the style or look that I was going for. I happened across this H&M linen dress.

While it looks fine from the waist down, the top just doesn't look right on me. I love it, but it doesn't fit properly. So, I have one great dress in my closet that I love but can't wear because it makes me look all wonky! And I spent $40 on something that will probably only look right if I lose 10-15 lbs and possibly have a rib taken out!

So, where did I go wrong and what can you do to make sure it doesn't happen to you?

Before you go shopping, know your fit and never trust your eyes. Always bring a camera with you and snap a shot while trying on. This will save you a lot of regret in the future! So, here are my rules for ensuring that you don't waste your money.

1. Fit - Your clothes should flatter your body. Being neither too lose or too tight. When you buy, make sure that you will be able to wear it if you gain a few pounds or are bloated. This will help your clothes last longer in your closet since they won't have to be replaced or tossed aside if you happen to splurge over a holiday or weekend. If it's too tight, don't buy with the intention of losing weight. If a garment makes your arms look funny {like the one above} or if you have to buy something in addition to it to make it look right, don't buy it.

2. Style - While I love trends, I tend to only buy pieces that will continue to be in style for years to come. This isn't to say that you should never buy something that's new and trendy, but keep those pieces on the lower end of your budget. Invest more in quality pieces that never go out of style. This includes button ups, pencil skirts, sturdy jeans, leather flats, and quality sweaters. Sure, trendy pieces are fun, but in the long run, you are going to look at it in a year and say, "huh".

3. Fabric - This is an important one! Fabrics wash differently, so it's vitally important to make sure that you read the washing instructions before purchasing. Items like cahsmere and linen have to be washed in a certain way, usually dry cleaned, so it's vital that you take that into account. Are you going to follow the instructions? Can you afford the dry cleaning costs on a regular basis?

4. Colour - Another factor to take into consideration when purchasing is colour. We all have certain tones to our skin that look bad when placed next to another tone. For me, I have a really hard time wearing greens. I always look deathly pale and sickly when I wear most greens. I can get away with a kelly green but most other shades are simply ghastly on me. If an item colour doesn't look good on you in the first go, it's probably not going to look great any subsequent time you put it on. A good tip would be to stick with shades in a makeup palette that you love and looks natural on you.

If you are still in doubt, wait on it. I like to do this when I am uncertain. That item will still be there tomorrow if you decide you have to have it. While you take that time, you can do a bit of research and maybe find something that is just right.