You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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.

Continue reading below

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.”

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.