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Closing the Deal
Knowledge Is Power Ask about a store's return policy before you buy, and hold on to the receipt until you're sure you're keeping the item. For an online purchase, save the confirmation email.

Resist Temptation Don't buy an item on sale unless you love it. It's not a bargain if you don't wear it.

Splurge Wisely Never spend more than you can afford. It's not worth going into debt for fashion. If you want to invest, choose a timeless piece like the perfect black blazer, not a trendy item.

Know When to Pass Don't purchase embellished or delicate clothes you won't have time to care for. Also, accept that certain styles don't flatter you—maybe strapless, sleeveless, low-rise anything. It doesn't matter. Love the looks that love you back.