it’s all in the details.

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Alfani flower top (Macy's clearance) | M.S.S.P. embroidered denim skirt (Dillard's sale, $39.99) | Gianni Bini embroidered bag (hand-me-down from Mom) | Nine West sandals (Macy's clearance, $30)

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I like to consider myself a born-again shopper.

When my retail obsession first began many, many years ago, I committed a multitude of sins. The biggest of which was focusing more on quantity than quality. Super clearance sale at Macy’s? I’ll take 5 of those $2.99 trendy graphic tees, please, one in each color. My closet was a big conglomeration of ill-fitting and cheaply-made fads, picked from the scraps that smarter shoppers had tossed aside. We won’t even talk about the state of my bank account during those dark years…

Now that I’m much older and wiser [ha!] I try to avoid the temptation to stockpile 10 cheap things, and instead opt for a couple of high quality items that will last through lots of wear and lots of seasons. Unique touches like pretty appliques, embroidery, and interesting prints make an item feel more special (and often more valuable), so I try to keep my eyes peeled for distinctive details that will play well with the basics in my closet.

What are your rules for smarter shopping?

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

What do you think?