Admit it, shopping is not as sexy as it once was. It wasn’t that long ago when we would grab a friend and make an afternoon of it. Today the very idea of spending the day shopping is right up there with having a root canal. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get my drift. There are many reasons this once pleasant activity is no longer a joyous event. Crowds, commuting and miserable lighting are a few complaints but we could say the same regarding dinning out—there are the crowds, there are the same commuting issues and less lighting can actually be a plus. My theory is there is too much stuff and much of it is garbage. We have to sift through mountains of inventory in in the hope of finding the right size, shape and color. But mostly we just don’t know what it is we are looking for. Certainly you need a pair of black pants but what size and style. And then there is price. If you have never shopped at stores which carry better priced brands you should do it at least once if only to understand the difference. When you try on a pair of $800 trouser pants you will get it—the quality is striking. But $800 for a pair of trousers might seem insane and it is if you don’t have the budget for it. The point of this exercise is to recognize what quality feels and looks like.
Shopping doesn’t have to be miserable. Here are sx ways to get the job done without having a complete meltdown.
~Always shop with a list. Do you remember the last time you stood in front of your closet struggling to put an outfit together but needed a cream cropped cardigan to complete the job?
Write it down! Make a list on your ‘notes’ app. Title it “I Need This.”
~Whether you are shopping online or brick and mortar grab a couple of sizes in the same style. Unless you know exactly how something is going to fit order a couple of sizes. If you are shopping online have a look at the size chart before you order. Not all sizes are created equal!
~Stop buying garbage. You need some new tees and H&M is selling 3 for $25. Wow, what a deal! No, it’s not!! They will fall apart quickly and you will need to go shopping soon for more.
~Buy a tape measure. Know your bust waist and hip measurement. You will save a sh*t load of time by skipping the step of trying on sizes that you think you are and then avoid the part where you have a meltdown because nothing is fitting.
~Wear the proper undergarments. You shouldn’t have to imagine what that dress is going to look like with the proper bra or body shaper.
~Never shop after you’ve had a milestone of an argument with a loved one—you are in the wrong head space. Instead shop after a glass of wine (not a bottle) and a massage—it will take the edge off.