Shopping goes two ways. You either love it, or hate it. Either way, you end up having to shop at some point because, well, you need clothes. For some, shopping is therapy and for others it is a nightmare. You can make life easier though, with a few careful tips that will help you reduce that stress level considerably. Plus, now that online shopping is here to stay, things got much better. It is possible to shop in peace without people pushing and shoving you out of the way. Even so, being better prepared always helps.
DO NOT WAIT TILL YOU NEED SOMETHING
One of the main reasons you shop in a panic, is because you wait till you absolutely have to get something and there is no more time to spare. Think last-minute Christmas gifts like evening clutch bags for instance. What is worse is, since so many other people are also doing the same thing, the chances of you finding something good are minimal because everything is gone. Shop when there is no frenzy. You might even be able to secure good discounts and have a great selection.
BUY IF YOU LIKE IT
Not if you want it, if you like it. There is a difference. There is already probably a pile of clothes you bought but have never worn right now. Why would you add to it? Sure you liked how it looked when you saw it, but now you have it, it has lost some of its glamour. Pieces you truly like, are the ones you wear with confidence. So if you are wondering whether you should or should not, then maybe you should not. It is a good rule to go by.
INVEST IN STAPLES
There are certain wardrobe staples we already know we must invest in. Jeans are a must. So are tailored shorts in neutral colours like black, white and grey, as are black heels. You should have a look at the list of staples and first work with including them in your wardrobe. A quality clutch bag is also a must, or even a few in different styles and colours. Cocktails and events do roll around, and when they do, you want to polish your look up and one way to do that, is with accessories.
Take measurements. It helps. Especially if you shop online. One of the best stress inducers when online shopping, is wondering whether this awesome item will suit you or fit you. Generally this is mostly with clothes. If you measure yourself, you already know what you need to go for. Guesswork can be risky. You will have to go through the entire returns process which is added unnecessary stress. Make life less complicated by thinking a little ahead.