So shopping may be my cardio, but I get that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It can be overwhelming and just plain not fun for a lot of people. Here are a few tips I hope will help next time you brave the stores.
1. Beware the Sale
Don’t convince yourself you “need” that item just because it’s 75% off. If you wouldn’t be interested in it at full price, just walk away.
2. Ignore the Size
You may wear a size 6 in one store, and a size 12 in another. Don’t pay attention to the tag, find the garment that fits you perfectly. (For more on why sizing just doesn’t matter, head here.)
3. Make Sure You’re Sold
If you have to talk yourself into an item, you probably won’t wear it. If you don’t love something once you’re in the dressing room, toss it. It will just take up space in your closet later.
4. Dress the Part
Just like you have your workout clothes, have your “serious shopping” clothes. These are clothes that are comfortable, and most importantly, easy to change in and out of for quick trips to the dressing room (leave the 3 layers, tights, belts, etc. home for another day). In some cases, you can skip the dressing room entirely, just try that jacket on over your tee, and you’re good to go.
5. Invest Wisely
As always, invest in the classics, go cheap on trends. (Dollar-wise, not dignity wise- let’s never be cheap, ok?) If you find a great item you know you’ll wear for years to come, don’t be afraid to shell out a few more dollars than normal. For the trends you know will come to an end in a matter of months? Stick to Forever 21.
Best of luck!