As a master stylist, I have more than one client who has shared that shopping is an agonizing experience. But how are you supposed to know if you’re buying the right thing? If you’re trying out a brand-new look, how can you be sure what you love in the store stays loved when it’s hanging in your closet?
Don’t sweat it! We’ve got your back.
Here are three easy, practical steps that will ensure you don’t waste your time—and your hard-earned cash—on things you’ll never wear. These tricks of the trade only take a few minutes to read, but they’re sure to revolutionize your shopping experience.
1/Don’t shop for last minute items
Shopping in a fluster can only end in purchases you’ll only wear once or—even worse—feel uncomfortable while wearing. No one makes good decisions when stressing to beat the clock! If you go into your shopping trip dead set on that one “perfect” item, it’s going to be even more difficult to find something that works. When looking for a fabulous, functional item, its important to keep an open mind. You’re going to need to expand your vision based on the colors and styles of the season.
If you have an event looming on your calendar, mark the date to give yourself enough time to prepare beforehand. Try to let go of rigid expectations about what the piece “should” look like while still keeping in mind the colors and cuts you already feel good wearing. If you walk into a store determined to walk out with the dress you saw on Pinterest, you’re setting yourself up for heartbreak.
2/Make sure you’re focused and present.
Does wardrobe shopping feel like a chore? Have you been dreading the experience, slugging your way across the procrastination calendar until you have no choice but to accept your fate? Girlfriend, you’re already destined for disaster.
Compiling your wardrobe is just as much of a mental exercise as going to the gym. In order to get the most out of your experience, you must be in the right mindset.
To make your experience pleasant, hassle-free, and maybe even fun, be proactive about asking for help with finding the perfect size. Dive into the experience with a positive outlook, knowing that ending up with something new and unexpected can be just as fabulous as your faded, go-to favs.
It’s always good to have an idea of what you like and don’t like to save you time and frustration, but an open mind may lead to discovering a fresh new style that totally rocks your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to try something new! You might just surprise yourself, and you can always put it back on the rack if it doesn’t work out.
Let go of external distractions. Kids, work, you’re ever-growing to-do list—they can all wait. This time is about you, and everyone benefits when you’re feeling confident and comfortable.
3/Listen to your intuition
You don’t have to be a fashionista to know whether or not that shirt is flattering. You may not feel like an expert stylist, but you are an expert on the most important factor in the equation—your comfort and confidence.
So give yourself some credit. You and only you get to decide how a piece makes you feel. If you try on something and it just doesn’t feel right, then there’s probably a better choice waiting on the next rack.
Don’t talk yourself into making something work. No matter how much the sales associate or your best friend loves it, it’s your hard-earned money that accounts for what ends up in your closet.
If you gravitate toward a new style, go ahead and give it a whirl! But if your instant reaction is *yuck*, don’t waste any more time on it. Your perfect piece might be waiting just around the corner.
Above all, shopping should not be an agonizing experience. How you look, feel, and present yourself to others is important. Make sure you’re getting the most out of every purchase!
What do you think about these tips? Do you have your own tricks of the trade? Share in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @thecloset.edit!