How to overcome F.T.S. or failure to shop


All wardrobes require a solid foundation of clothing and accessory basics. If dressing each day puts you in the doldrums, then perhaps you suffer from F.T.S., otherwise known as failure to shop. This condition often afflicts those who lack the time or motivation to build a well rounded wardrobe. Several clients I worked with this month took bold steps to cure themselves of F.T.S. by engaging in some much needed retail therapy. Rather than rely on Santa’s fashion sense, the busy, overworked, and budget bound took matters into their own hands and did some serious shopping.

If your wardrobe needs style intervention, then now is the time to pick up functional winter pieces at deep discounts. Follow Santa’s prescription for gift gathering. Make a list of the basics (and check it twice) that you don’t own by inventorying your closet. Maybe it’s a quintessential black blazer that goes with a variety of pants, skirts and dresses, or a statement making animal print or bold colored blouse to make neutrals pop. Then carve out some time to shop for YOU.

I recently worked with a client at The Loft in Greenville, S.C. A woman on a mission, I combed the store to find reasonably priced work wear which flattered my client’s figure, and made her look and feel polished and professional. Two hours later, she left the store with most of what she needed and wanted to start a new year in style. What else could a wardrobe stylist ask for from Santa?

Many of the purchases my client made appear in this visual.

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