I have a complicated relationship with shopping in stores. Sometimes it’s like hitting the jackpot. Every store you go in you find amazing pieces, even the jacket that was sold out online, and by something short of a miracle it’s on sale too! But more often it can be an absolutely dreadful experience. Wading through crowds of people, then desperately searching through disorganized racks only to find they don’t have anything in your size. That’s usually why I tend to stick to online shopping. Check out my online shopping guide if you’re not an in store shopper. Otherwise you feel pressured to buy something you don’t need so that your shopping trip doesn’t feel like a waste. And inevitably you end up with buyer’s remorse, only to go through the process all over again the following weekend. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there, but today I’m going to tell you how to break the cycle. Here’s how to make clothes shopping easier so you spend less time and money looking for clothes and more time enjoying them:
- Start in the clearance/sale section. The biggest reason for this is to give yourself sticker shock. By beginning in the clearance section you can set the tone for how much you think is a good price for a piece in the store. But be wary, just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal either. I always say if you wouldn’t pay for it full price then don’t buy it just because it’s on sale.
- Shop for dresses, jumpsuits and rompers first. Head to these items first since require less thought to style. Most you can wear by themselves with a cute pair of shoes then add on as needed for the weather.
- Make your way through the tops next. Tops are relatively easier to shop for compared to pants, normally your sizing will be similar in most stores making them quicker to search through than bottoms.
- Afterwards look at bottoms. We’ve all been there, struggling to find the perfect pair of pants or skit. That’s why they are the second to last clothing item you want to shop for. Bottoms simply require more time and energy to when trying to find the right fit, especially if you’re pear shaped.
- Then head over to outerwear. These are the last pieces of clothing you want to look at because they are more of a finishing piece than a base in most cases. Although I’ve definitely been prone to wearing my outwear as a dress to get more mileage out of it.
- Try your clothes on. This is not an optional step. I repeat, THIS IS NOT AN OPTIONAL STEP! Even if you feel like you’ve found the right size, please try them on in the store. You want be absolutely sure they work for your body before you leave and save yourself a return trip back, as well as money on an item you can’t return.
- Check out the shoe section. Now that you’ve got your clothes that have made the cut, shoes are next. Like outerwear, shoes are a finishing piece. You can look to see if they go with what you plan to buy or keep mental notes if they go with what you already own.
- Pick out the accessories. Jewelry, scarves, handbags, those can all be saved for last since many won’t require you to try them on.
Again it’s important to be very critical of each piece which is why I try to avoid shopping as a way to kill time. You want to be able to look at a piece without feeling pressured to buy because there’s a “flash sale only happening this very weekend”. Which usually is a lie. It’s also important that any item that you feel makes the final cut goes with what you already own. Personally my favorite way to double check my new purchases work with my current wardrobe is to spend an afternoon playing dress up with my music playing entirely too loud. If you’re loving this look, keep scrolling for outfit details!
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