In my previous post, I put together a fantasy wardrobe.I thought it would be fun to show how a fantasy wardrobe could be adapted for a lower budget. I’m sure with work, you could find similar pieces at an even lower price point.
Confession! I hate shopping for clothes. It’s exhausting. I love buying new clothes, but searching high and low for that perfect item is frustrating. It’s even more frustrating when you are over a size 12 because it limits your options further. Boo-urns. In order to minimize my frustrations, I follow some simple guidelines when I shop.
- Have a vision of what you need to buy: My mind goes blank the second I hit the mall, a list will keep you on track. This is the visual list I’m using today.
- Maximize your time by hitting the mall: When I have a lot of shopping to do, I like to go where there is a large concentration of stores so I don’t have to traipse all around town.
- Check store websites before you go: I like to do a preview online to see the styles specific stores are offering up before I actually go to the mall. Prioritize your stops along the way based on what you see online.
- Avoid peak hours: A busy mall is an annoying mall. Go early on the weekend, or during the day when other shoppers are at work.
- Wear a shopping uniform: My shopping uniform is a pair of leggings, a form-fitting tank dress, comfortable slip on shoes and an oversized cardigan. I can easily slip clothing over the dress when the changing room line-ups are too long. Don’t bother with jewelry. You will just have to take it on and off when you want to try new pieces.
- Don’t get too dolled up: Make-up can stain the clothes your are going to try on. Leave the ruby red lips for another day.
- Shop alone: I always do my serious shopping alone. Shopping with friends can be fun, but it’s not optimal. Serious shopping should be all about you. Only bring a friend if they are willing to dedicate the day to helping you.
What are your optimal shopping tips?