- You know how people tell you to never go grocery shopping hungry? Well it’s the same with clothes shopping. Never shop when you are ‘I’m-going-out-in-3-hours-and- I-have-nothing-to-wear-and-I-MUST-find-something-amazing-NOW’ desperate. Sure, sometimes you find a gem, but most of the time you end up with something completely impractical which you’ll only ever wear once. Chances are you already have something amazing in your wardrobe, spend your time there instead of rushing around the shops and save your pennies for a more relaxing shopping trip.
- Shop alone or with a good (and stylish) friend. If taking children with you is unavoidable buy yourself some peace and quiet by making sure they have lots of snacks (the unhealthier the better), lots of toys, something electronic like an iPhone and set aside a few $$ for a new toy (I find a match box car works a treat). Bribery is key here, don’t be fooled, they are on to you and know you want to ignore them for an hour or two. (These tricks will work equally well should you need to take a husband/boyfriend but what works best is to leave them somewhere with beer and sport).
- Shop for outfits, not separates. We’ve all fallen into the trap of buying a lovely new top only to come home and find it goes with nothing. Unless you are buying a dress, make sure your new purchase will go (well) with at least one other item in your wardrobe, or else be prepared to buy a skirt, pants, shoes and accessories to go with it. Do not fall into the trap of thinking, I’ll just wear it with jeans.. boring.
|top /Lauren Conrad for Kohls /pink jeans/ Gap/ tan flats/ Next|
So as you can see, Jason, Max and I checked out Tysons Corner Centre in Vienna yesterday (just outside of Washington DC) and while I didn’t pick up any new threads, I do have a shiny new iPhone to show for my time, just perfect for future shopping trip distractions.
Do you have any fool proof tips for a successful shopping trip?
*Title inspiration for my fellow ‘How I met your Mother’ fans, thanks Robin Sparkle.