I will be the first to confess I love a bargain. If sales are great, free stuff is even better, right? Well, maybe not. Have you ever gotten ‘a gift with purchase,’ or free cast-off clothing from friends or relatives? How often do they really work out? I can tell you, sometimes a freebie is no deal.
Case in point: I recently received a bonus gift when I bought some cosmetics. I don’t know why, but I always feel as though I’ve won the lottery when I get something extra–at no charge–no matter what it is. When I got home, however, I found that the complimentary lipstick in my bag was not actually very complementary…if you know what I mean.
Budgets can be tight, but wouldn’t you rather wear something you already own that you know is extremely flattering, rather than something you got free that looks only mediocre?
Be picky when it comes to freebies. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it a flattering color?
- Is it a flattering cut?
- Is it the quality I usually wear?
- Is it my style?
- Is it really me?
- Would I have paid for this if it wasn’t free?
And just because it’s ‘in style’ doesn’t mean it’s YOUR STYLE.
You may remember my previous blog: “Just Because It’s On Sale…”
And just because your sister wore it well, doesn’t mean it will look great on you. Remember this blog with lovely twin sisters Linda and Diane?
Linda is a Contrast Color Type, while Diane is a Gentle Color Type…they probably shouldn’t share outfits. (Even if they’re free to borrow.)
So think twice before you decide to wear something you’ve been gifted.
Acknowledging the thought is always a good idea. But you don’t have to feel tied to your freebie forever.
I don’t know what I’m going to do with this brown lipstick.
“Never wear a color that is duller than you are.” … Janna Beatty