LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If you enjoy a little retail therapy every now and then, listen to this. Here are five clothes shopping mistakes from Yahoo! Shine that are costing you big time.
1. Ignoring the rule of three - Experts say whenever you're looking to buy an item, be it earmuffs or a pair of sandals, don't just ask yourself- "Does it go with something I own?" Instead, ask yourself: "Can I think of at least three things I am going to wear it with?" If so, you can buy it.
2. Forgetting the other 50 percent - The key to spending less money on clothes is to spend more time on wardrobe upkeep. Whether you're at a your go-to store every weekend or you buy things twice a year, cut your buying hours in half. Use your newly acquired non-shopping time to tend to the clothes you already have.
3. Making it a double, or a triple - Will your best friend look at that sweater and ask- "Don't you already own a sweater just like that?" If so, that's bad news. Remember, one is enough.
4. Look out for your excuse words - When your hear yourself ending all your sentences with a hopeful "This might be the year!" or "Someday I'll be able to wear this," don't buy it! Hang that item back on the rack.
5. Sticking to safe solids - If you don't own anything patterned, or a single brightly colored piece, you'll feel compelled to buy extra stuff to spice up your wardrobe. The solution? Purchase one or two really vibrant items to spice up your wardrobe.