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Tips on how to keep from stressing about beauty

Feeling a little beauty crazed yourself? Author Phoebe Baker Hyde shares a few lessons she learned from her year of forgoing the glam:

THINK MULTIFUNCTIONAL “One piece of clothing needs to do four different things,” said Hyde. “Beautiful shoes should also have traction.” Buy clothes with functional pockets, performance fabrics, shoes with low heels and arch support.

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KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Minimize impulse buys. If you’re buying a coat, for example, decide on the exact features you want — collar or removable hood, cuffs, color — before you get to the store.

SHOP TWICE Try on a lot of clothes and don’t buy them. Leave your credit card at home. Go home, shop online, and compare. Go back a second time when you’re sure you’re getting what you want.

ABIDE BY THE SEVEN-YEAR RULE If a new purchase isn’t likely to last that long, it goes back on the rack.

LOVE IT Don’t buy anything you aren’t nuts about.

DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION Remember that clothes will never look as good as they do in a catalog. “Those people aren’t real,” said Hyde. “Nobody’s cold, nobody has nipples, it’s a bizarre universe.”

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