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Secrets to Successful Shopping

Posted on 10/07/2015

Do you love shopping or do you actually find it a bit of a chore?

I know many women  find the whole experience a bit daunting and demoralising because there's so much "stuff" out there and they have lost sight of what suits them. Even those who start their shopping trip feeling perky and optimistic can begin to get discouraged and despondent as the day wears on. The very unflattering lighting in your average changing room doesn't help either - I swear even a supermodel would discover lumps and bumps she never knew she had! The funny thing is though that even women who don't like shopping somehow manage to accumulate lots of clothes - they just don't wear them! We really should start buying less and wearing more. Here's how: 

  

Shop your wardrobe. Before you even think of going shopping, I recommend you "shop your wardrobe". ShoppingcartoonIn other words, have a good old sort through what you already have and see if you can build new outfits from that. For example, just because you've always worn that top with those trousers doesn't mean it can't be worn with different trousers or even a skirt. This process will not only help you to identify what you really need to buy but also to avoid just buying more of the same.

Understand your colouring and what suits you. If you've had a colour analysis you will know that as long as you stick with colours within your palette you'll look great. If you haven't, think about the colours in your wardrobe that you wear time and again and make you feel good and use those as a guide. (Does black really make you feel good?) 

Make a list. What do you actually need? If you have sorted through your current wardrobe this should be pretty straight forward. Having a list will keep you focused and stop you buying clothes you don't actually need.   

Try things on. This may seem obvious but I know women who find shopping such a chore that they won't even try things on (perhaps it's down to those unflattering changing rooms). Never buy anything you haven't first tried on. Also, it's often worth trying on two sizes of the same garment so that you can gauge which is the better fit. Don't get hung up on the size on the label; sizing is totally inconsistent from brand to brand - and anyway you can always cut the label out if it offends you.      

Try different shops and styles. If you've had a style consultation, you'll know what styles and fabrics work for your shape and proportions and I'll have given you some suggestions of where to shop but, even so, we can all do with "shaking things up" from time to time and trying something a little different.  When I take clients shopping they are often surprised by some of the things I get them to try on but more often that not they love them.  

Make sure it fits your style personality. Again, if you've had a style consultation, you'll understand what this is. If not, think of words which describe the type of look you'd like to create. Yours could be "elegant, classic, understated" or perhaps "comfortable, fun, quirky" . It doesn't matter what they are, they just have to reflect the image you're working towards. Run all pieces by your style words and if they don't correlate, don't waste your money on them as they won't make you happy or feel great.  

Shop with a friend? By all means, if you trust his/her judgement and motivation. Never shop with a shopaholic though as they will just encourage you to buy so that they feel less guilty about their own purchases. Also, make sure they're helping you pick out clothes that work for you, rather than just the types of colours and styles they are personally drawn to.   

Be realistic. You will not always find what you're looking for on a single shopping trip. However, shops turn stock over very quickly these days, so just because you didn't find it this time around, doesn't mean you won't find it next time.

"It will do", just won't do! Please do not buy anything just because "it will do". This is just not good enough! If you're not sure about a piece, walk away for at least 15 minutes, if not longer. Distance and time will tell you how much you really love it - or not.  The acid test though has to be, when you put the garment on, does it make you smile and feel good about yourself?  If not, don't buy it. 

And if you're one of those people who just find shopping for clothes too hard, that's OK, I would love to take you shopping.

 

Back Author : Nicola Davis

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