Shopping can be a traumatic experience for some people. For others, it is therapy. And for others still, it’s a way of making sure they put the best foot forward. No matter how you feel about clothes shopping, we have a few tips that will probably help you do so more efficiently and end up with the best pieces. Always remember that you should buy things that you like and that you are comfortable in.
Allow yourself enough time to shop. Speed-shopping is hardly ever a good idea. To make sure that you get what you want and will be happy with it, give yourself enough time to find what you are looking for. This is especially important when you are looking for something very specific.
Try it on. Don’t just grab what you like and be off. Try on everything that you like or may possibly like. Clothes look different on your body than on the hanger. You may find something you would have looked past, fits perfectly or that the dress you thought would look great, doesn’t.
Shop with a friend. It is always good to have an honest friend with you who will tell when something really doesn’t look good. Your friend is also great for support and encouragement to try something new. You should also allow for alone shopping time at times.
Don’t body-hate. It is important to remember that clothes in stores are often mass-produced based on a size that is decided arbitrarily. Your body is unique and you have different curves and contours. This means that you will inevitably find a few pieces of clothing that absolutely won’t sit right. No need to start hating on yourself – most other people probably find the same thing or may even look worse.
Avoid shopping when you are emotional, feeling bloaty, having a bad hair day, or will otherwise be prone to feel unattractive. That will just ruin the whole experience from the beginning. It is good to have an idea of what you are looking for and sticking to that. Always keep in mind what you already have in your closet and will be able to wear with the new garment.
Shopping for vintage clothes can be a challenge as it requires a good eye for quality and practicality. Vintage items can be the centerpieces of your wardrobe and can be the most versatile items in your collection. The more you do it and the more you practice what to look for, the easier it will become. You will soon be a vintage shopping expert.
Tip 1: Visit known stores
There are many vintage and thrift stores in any city. Ask your friends and Google which ones are good and have good reviews. If you have a few names that you can trust and will likely find what you’re looking for, it will make things a lot easier.
Tip 2: Inspect the items before buying
Vintage generally means that it was owned before. It will be in your best interest to inspect pockets, seams, buttons, zippers, insignia, etc. to make sure there isn’t anything faulty or missing. If you are happy with the condition, go for it.
Tip 3: Know what you want
The best way to have a successful vintage shopping spree is to have a list or at least know what you are looking for. If you want some funky accessories, you may find a store that specializes in that. If you want a vintage denim jacket, you will know what to look for. Vintage stores are often packed with a lot of stuff, so it will be easier if you know what to look for.
Tip 4: If it doesn’t fit, can you alter it?
Some vintage pieces may not fit exactly right, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave them. Decide what exactly you want to with it and whether you can make alterations to make it fit or use it in some other way. Make sure the price of alterations doesn’t exceed the buying price otherwise it may not be worth it.
Shopping for vintage clothing should be fun and enjoyable. If you follow these tips and also allow for some open-mindedness, you may be surprised at the wonderful things you can find.
Shopping in movies and on television often look like impulsive decisions and usually ends up in a spree. Let’s be realistic. In real life, most of us cannot afford a spree or impulse buys and if you can, you are probably still a bit picky about what you want. Shopping needs some preparation to make sure that you can enjoy it and also walk away with some great new clothing items or accessories. Here are a few tips on preparing for a shopping trip:
Know your budget and stick to it. You should know what you are comfortable spending. If you overspend, you may need to return something you really like or you may be left with regret and a financial predicament.
Dress smart for fittings. If you are out on a shopping mission, chances are that you will be fitting quite a few outfits. To avoid stripping down to your underwear every time, wear something like leggings and a tight top as a bottom layer. That way, you can still fit the clothes and have a good idea of what it will look like.
Never shop when hungry. Eat something before you go shopping. If you’re hungry, you may get irritable or grumpy and that could spoil the whole experience. A negative mindset is definitely not the right way to approach shopping for clothes.
Know what you have in your closet. To avoid buying duplicates or things that don’t go with any of your existing wardrobe items, check your closet and know what you have. This will help avoid return trips or having too much of the same things.
Drink lots of water. Shopping can be exhausting and dehydrating. Carry a bottle of water with you to help soothe your dry throat and keep you going.
This is basically our take on preparing for a shopping trip. Give yourself a break – physically and mentally – if you plan on shopping the whole day. If you are a determined shopper, it may also be good to give yourself a deadline for when you have to stop. Remember to have fun!