Black Friday, beware!

Happy day-before Thanksgiving, everyone!

We recently came across this Huffington Post article and were pleased to see that a classic white shirt was at the top of the list of items that can help pull your look together in an instant. (We don't like to think of it as 'cheap,' though, since our own white shirt should last you a long time, wear after wear.)

With Black Friday right around the corner, we've pulled together a list of things to consider before you start your, ahem, holiday shopping. Remember: just because it's on sale doesn't mean it's worth it—especially if it will sit at the back of your closet with the tags on it until next Thanksgiving rolls around.

•Does this item work with at least three other things that you already own? For example, a colorful silk scarf can pair with a classic trench, double as a belt, or accent the hardware of a leather tote bag.

•How many times do you see yourself wearing it, and where do you see yourself wearing it? (Sorry to break your hearts, ladies, but George Clooney is currently spoken for, so cross any red carpet premieres off of your list.)

•Check for proper fit. A tailor, not Spanx, is a girl's best friend. It's easier to have items taken in than let out, so don't be afraid to go up a size or two (and for the record, vanity sizing is rampant—don't focus on the number, focus on the fit!).

What are some ways that you look riche for less?


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