Shopping TipsNovember 22nd, 2013 by David
Choose your shopping buddy wisely – An honest friend or family member provides the best company for when you are shopping for clothes. Ask your most uplifting friend to accompany you – you don’t want someone who might risk projecting their own insecurities onto you. A husband or boyfriend can get impatient or perhaps tell you what they think you want to hear! A mother can be a trusted and valued shopping partner as she has your best interests at heart and is likely to have patience for those multi-garment-fitting-room scenarios.
Ask for help – If you prefer to shop alone, choose department stores which offer a personal shopper service. They will recommend garments and styles to suit your body shape and colouring. They might suggest styles which you would never have thought to try before. Stylists are the best option for lifting you out of a style rut and possibly transforming your wardrobe entirely. Keep in mind that they will be trying to get you to buy as much as possible, but do take their advice on board, and set yourself a spending budget before you set foot into the store. The challenge then will be sticking to it!
We all have friends whose style we admire. Do a little research and find out which stores they shop in so that you know where to head. Go online and find styles that you love before you leave the comfort of your house. This way you’ll save time and energy on shops that don’t inspire you.
Identify a style icon. Flick through a fashion or celebrity magazine and look for those with body shapes and colouring that are similar to your own. How are they dressing? What do they accentuate? What looks do you admire most? Tear out the pages and pop them into your purse. There will always be high street versions of garments that are in magazines, so once you have an idea of what you want to look for you’ll be better prepared.
It is best to kit your wardrobe out with staple items on which you can rely when it comes to an impromptu date or event. Accessorising classic pieces to create fresh looks is a better idea than impulse buying an outfit or garment. When under pressure often people return to a style rut or opt for a safe option which they may never wear again. For a guide to staple wardrobe pieces go here (*insert link to blog about staple pieces here*)
Shoes complete an outfit and heels slim down every look. Invest in a classic court shoe in black or nude or if possible both. These colours go with every outfit, in every season. Pointy toed courts are the most flattering style.