TREND and SALE are two of the reasons why women shop till they drop.They buy because it’s in “vogue” or because it’s on sale. They buy when they don’t need it or because someone else has got it.
Most women have a closet full of clothes but still don’t have anything to wear. If you have ever suffered from “I don’t have what to wear syndrome”, then here’s a guide to shop happy.
RULE NUMBER ONE:
De-clutter/detox/purge your closet .i.e. let go of things you don’t need.
a, if you don’t wear those clothes anymore
b, if you haven’t worn them in months/years
c, if you have gained/lost weight and not planning on returning to your former size
d, if your lifestyle has changed e.g. if you used to be a stay at home mom and now you work in a corporate world….i.e. from sweat pants to formal outfit. It doesn’t mean you won’t have any casual clothing or sports wear.
RULE NUMBER TWO:
Know the things you need. Make a list
a, Colours e.g. green/red/blue.
b, Shape e.g. peplum/tunic/fitted/ drape e.t.c
c, Texture/Fabric e.g. silk/chiffon/cotton/lace e.t.c
Now you know the things you need, there’s a clear picture like this…GREEN(colour) PEPLUM(shape) MADE OUT OF LACE(fabric).
RULE NUMBER THREE:
a, draw a budget.i.e the amount you intend to spend on clothes for that particular point in time. Don’t forget you have other bills to pay.
b, work strictly within your drawn budget. You can always shop another time.
c,Try as much as possible to bring ONLY the card/ cash you intend to spend. Don’t bring extra cash/credit card so you are not tempted to exceed your budget. Bring coins for packing at the shopping mall/market.
d, you can bring lunch except of course you are getting a treat on the day by eating out. Well, wait till you finish shopping and let it look like a pat on the back for a job well done.
RULE NUMBER FOUR:
Location/where to shop
a, ensure the shopping mall of your choice houses a variety of shops.e.g Zara/H&M/Debenhams/Coast/Karen Millen etc.
b, plan to arrive on time. That way you can take your time to try things on and you won’t have to return half of the things you pick out.
c, know the time the mall opens and closes so you are not rushing yourself. Rushing could make you buy the things you don’t like/want/need.
RULE NUMBER FIVE:
Shopping time: shopping is fun!
a, try on clothes and ensure they fit really well. Ask for a second opinion if you are not sure. The shop/sales associate are always very helpful. Don’t forget to say thank you to them.
b, ensure you like the clothes because if you don’t like them at the shopping mall, you won’t like them later.
c,check quality and certify them okay before buying . i.e.
hems/ stitching/zips etc. Even though you can’t control when a zip would break, you would have taken caution at least.
d, buy things you can wear more than ones.i.e if a blouse, ensure you can wear it with a skirt/trouser/jeans etc.
e, don’t go too trendy. Classic is always timeless and more practical e.g. you can never go wrong with a basic clean crisp white shirt. There are a list of other classic items. Classic does not mean boring/old fashion. Think of Coco Channel..timeless, classic and stylish.
RULE NUMBER SIX:
a, ensure you collect and keep your receipt.
You may need them for exchange(if colours don’t work), refunds(if a damage occurs within the 28/30days period,this is usually stated on the receipt and varies from store to store), and as proof of purchase(in case there’s a security check..lol).
RULE NUMBER SEVEN:
Play Dress up
a, try out new clothes and incorporate them into existing items in the closet.
b, don’t be afraid to try clothes in different ways. You’d be shock what you’d put together. Buy fashion magazines, they give you ideas. Pick up free catalogues in stores, they are your shopping guideline and also to direct you on new ways to wear your clothes.
c, Plan outfits. Planing helps you look put together and also like you put a thought into what you are wearing/will be wearing.
d, you can repeat your clothes. Women like to shy away from this by considering what others would think. By adding different things like accessories/ blazer/ heels, you can transform an outfit into something different.
e, have fun. Take photos and share with your friends. Your followers on Instagram will be glad to see your new photos.
I hope this guideline helps the next time you go shopping. Good luck.
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