Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have gone on a weight loss program this year and have lost quite a bit of weight. I have no idea how to shop for a new wardrobe. Should I enlist a personal shopper to help me determine the best new wardrobe for me?

How to Find a Personal Shopper

Answer: A personal shopper might be a great option. However, they can be quite expensive ($75+ an hour). You should first purchase my book, How to Be A Budget Fashionista, and try to do your own “makeover” using the tips in the book. If that doesn’t work, then head to your favorite department store and use their personal shopping services for free. Some department services are good, some are not so good, but it’s a good place to start.

If you need more one on one attention, then contact the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI.org) , for an accredited image consultant/personal shopper in your city. Make sure you meet with the consultant first to determine whether it’s a good fit before you engage their services.