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.