I used to love to go shopping at the malls.
These days I do 90% of my shopping online.
Sometimes we must simply go out into the fray.
I have had to do this myself lately due to having lost weight.
I needed to try some clothing on to get a sense of my new size and how things fit me.
Before I headed out I had to consider some ways to make my shopping experience more enjoyable.
Today I want to share these tips with you.
8 Shopping Tips To Keep You Sane
Shopping Tips For Comfort:
1. Wear, Or Take The Proper Shoes With You
This is especially important if trying on dresses for special occasions.
You can’t see the whole picture without the right pair of shoes.
You would not want to try on the perfect little black dress and not have the perfect nude pumps now would you?
I have been known to shove accessories, scarves, and a couple of pair of shoes in a large tote before when going shopping.
I want to know that I can pull an entire look together, not just pick out a dress.
At the same time, I do not necessarily want to be forced to walk around a mall in pumps.
I prefer wearing comfortable shoes when shopping.
Having the correct accessories with us can help us be sure we are putting together the right overall look, without sacrificing our comfort along the way.
2. Wear Something That Is Easy To Get In And Out Of
Sure, you want to look nice while at the mall but if you are trying on clothing you need an easy outfit.
The last thing you want is an accessory laden outfit with tons of buttons, belts, ties, and gadgets getting in between you and that awesome find.
Nothing is more frustrating than changing in and out of our clothes to try on other clothes.
Keep it simple.
I am not saying you have to wear sweats when shopping but I like to shop in a loose top and leggings.
I find the try on experience much easier, and thus more enjoyable if I am not concerned with my fashion I wear out to the mall.
So what if you run into that high school hunk you haven’t seen in years.
Or that judgemental college girl who you always competed with.
Just put your shopping bags in front of you to hide your not so attractive look and smile.
Shopping Tips About Eating:
3. Do Not Eat A Huge Meal
You don’t want to feel bloated when trying on new styles.
Eat a salad or something that will give you an energy boost to get through the shopping experience.
Eat something that makes you feel healthy so you feel good when trying things on.
No one wants to go shopping after eating a heavy greasy meal.
You will feel better and when you feel your best you look your best.
4. Don’t Shop On An Empty Stomach
We need fuel to help keep us going.
Take a healthy snack along with you such as some carrots, granola, or nuts to snack on.
You don’t want to get light headed and have to end your shopping adventure early.
Shopping Tips About Stores:
5. Some Stores That Offer Carts Or Totes
If your shopping location offers a tote or cart, by all means, grab one and use it.
I love Kohls for their shopping totes that are located right in the front of the store when you walk in.
It is far better to stroll around with a big tote than to end up with an armful of items and no hands left to look through the racks with.
6. Dressing Room Mirrors Are The Worst
Don’t be afraid to walk out of the dressing room.
There are usually mirrors very close to the dressing room in the main part of the shop, which will have far better and more complimentary lighting.
You will be in a larger space so that you get a truer look at yourself.
Do take your purse with you of course.
Looking at yourself in the mirrors out of the dressing room will make you feel much better about yourself, and the clothing you are considering!
7. Do Not Get Distracted By Sales
When I do go out shopping I usually have a game plan.
I love sales sure, but if you allow yourself to be led astray by them you won’t accomplish your goals.
Know why you are shopping and what you are shopping for.
If you went to buy jeans don’t get distracted by the great deals on bags.
Unless you also need a bag of course.
Look up the deals and steals before you leave the house.
You will be less likely to be distracted by them when in the actual store that way.
Know what discounts are out there for the items you do want to buy and take full advantage of them.
This will save you money and frustration since you will then leave the store with what you went for in the first place.
Shopping Tips About Friends:
8. Shopping With Friends
It is about who you shop with if you shop with anyone at all.
I realize we can’t always control this, and when we have younger kids, or grandkids we care for, we can’t help but bring them with us sometimes.
It is always a great idea to bring along some entertainment for the kids.
However, I am speaking more toward if we shop with a friend or not.
Shopping with a friend can be a good thing, or a very bad thing, depending on the friend, and our self-image.
If you are feeling overweight, unhappy with your appearance, never shop with your skinny, overly attractive friend.
The same goes for your voluptuous friend if you are feeling too thin!
Yes, some women do feel too thin as well.
Don’t shop with that friend who hates everything, is not into shopping, or seems to always pick on your flaws.
We tear ourselves down enough, and you may want to rethink that friend being a friend at all if they act this way toward you.
You do want a friend who will be honest, however, and let you know in a direct but kind way if something just isn’t working for you.
Please do not take advice from the friend who never shops.
We are hard enough on ourselves, we need to be wise about who we take with us, and what type of advice they can offer to us.
Sometimes it is best to just go it alone but be fair to yourself, remember the lights, the mirrors, the stress can be unforgiving.
Shopping can be a joyful experience when we take our time, and organize our shopping journey.
Do you have any shopping tips to share with us?
I hope you found a couple good ones here you will use.
Let me know in the comments, please!