It's a myth that women love shopping for clothes. Most women will sit somewhere between dread and dislike on the scale of how much they enjoy clothes shopping. There are various reasons for this loathing and you can find some solutions to the most common here.
I'm not trying to do myself out of a job, but as a personal shopper when I'm with a client in a store, I see other shoppers getting frustrated with not being able to find anything. So, I've made a list for you to think about before you go clothes shopping next!
1. Know what you already have in your wardrobe.
There is no sense in adding more stuff to your wardrobe until you know exactly what you already have. Go through your wardrobe, culling and sorting as you go. Now, you'll know what the missing links are, and you won't be adding more clutter to the mix.
2. Know your style personality.
Ever bought something that looks good, but just doesn't feel right? Your clothing meeds to reflect who you are, and when you put something on that doesn't fit with that, it will just feel awkward. This is hard to explain, but, say, if I were to buy a pinstripe suit, for example, regardless of how well it fitted, and how flattering the colour was, I would feel uncomfortable. My predominant style personality lead towards feminine.
Get to know yourself.
3. Shop without any distractions.
Preferably go on your own, no kids, no friend, no mother. Trust yourself. Be prepared. Chances are you'll be doing a lot of changing in and out of clothing, so wear something that is easy to slip on and off, including shoes.
4. Handling the Changeroom
Try to take as much as you can in - grab anything that catches your eye, you might get a pleasant surprise! Most stores have a limit on the number of items you can take in at one time, so unless you find a helpful sales assistant who will hold items for you, be prepared to be coming and going in and out of the change rooms. You can decide to try the bottom half items on first, then the top half items on. Eliminate as you go - love it or let it go - you're better off not buying anything! But, hopefully you will end up with a few things that are good options. Before you race to the checkout, make sure you're not doubling up and are going to end up with very similar garments. If you have any doubts' try it on again, thinking about where and how often you will be wearing it, and what you will wear it with. Are you going to have to buy shoes to match? When you have the answers, review the price. You do not want to have regret or guilt! A good rule of thumb is to be prepared to spend more on items that you wear a lot and won't date too quickly.
5. When you get home
Play dress up with your new clothes, trying them with what's already in your wardrobe. Challenge yourself to creating a few new outfits made up of old and new pieces! Snap a few selfies to remind yourself down the track.
At this stage, if you realise that one of your new purchases is just not going to intergrate well, return it.
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