Photo of WIZO shop in JerusalemSecondhand clothes shopping can make us silly. We see low prices and our common sense can suddenly fly out the window. So, to prevent you from getting “clothes drunk” the next time you are shopping in a thrift or vintage store, here are my 4 cardinal rules (or suggestions anyway) to help you tame that reckless inner voice that sees deals everywhere:

TRY IT ON
The piece of clothing you are considering may be cheap, but unless you try it on and move around in it, feel the fabric and check that it’s truly comfortable in every way, it may not even be worth the small amount you will pay for it.

IS IT ME?
Ask yourself if this piece truly reflects the way you want to dress and the image you want to present to the world now. When clothes are cheap, we can forget our current style direction and get tempted to buy something that may have suited us in our twenties, but is not related to who we are in the present. Remember, we are constantly evolving and so is our taste.

CHECK THE CUT
Look in a mirror and ask yourself if the cut of this piece is truly flattering for your shape and height. If it’s not, don’t try to persuade yourself otherwise.

DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
Most importantly and finally, ask yourself if you love this piece, truly and utterly. Every item that we wear represents a relationship with ourselves and should make us feel good on the day we wear it and for a while to come!