“That’s the gown she wore to her prom,” says Dr. Von Feldt. “It was funny because as a teenager, she was always critical of my bargain shopping.”
She says people first need to develop a basic wardrobe and select a color palette that looks good with their skin tone. Make sure to pay attention to the fabric, stitching and other details, and of course, the fit. “Better fabrics last longer, drape better and look better,” she adds.
Meanwhile, she’s always on the lookout for resale shops that give back to their community. She says people can Google “resale shops for charity” or “resale shops cause” to find stores near their work or home that donate to nonprofits, such as health care for seniors, the homeless or even animals.
“I mean business when I go shopping,” Dr. Von Feldt says, adding that she only has time to shop once a month. “I go in a store, find something I like and get it. I try to make shopping as efficient and altruistic as possible.”
Carol Patton is a freelance writer based in Las Vegas.