how to shop smart

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In the Fray
Be Flexible About Sizing Buy the size that fits, not the size you wish you were. Sizes vary by designer, so don't get hung up on the number on the tag.

Walk This Way Hold off on buying shoes till the afternoon, when your feet are more swollen, to ensure proper fit. Try to walk on different surfaces to get the best sense of how the shoes feel.

Be Leisurely If you have to shop for an event, don't wait until the last minute—when you could feel pressured into making a bad decision. You may need extra time to find accessories or make alterations.

Build From a Strong Base Wear a supportive bra; nothing looks good on a saggy foundation. Hit the dressing room with your shapewear already on.

Do the Twist Always look at yourself in a three-way mirror, and sit down in a garment to make sure it's comfortable and that it doesn't ride up in an unflattering way. Have a friend take a picture of your rear view if you're still unsure. Put swimsuits to the towel test: Bend down as if you're picking up a towel, and see if anything falls out.