If you are a regular reader, you know that I love to shop, but I don’t like to spend a lot of money. You also know that I follow other fashion bloggers, and that I learn a lot from them.  Today I am going to share (with her permission) some great tips from one of my favorite bloggers from When the Girls Rule  Here is what Julia wrote (slightly edited for length);  I have added a few thoughts of my own, which are in italics.

FIRST, you’re going to have to make more time to shop for yourself and to try things on. No longer can you run into a store on the way to picking up the kids. You can’t wait for the day before a big event to shop. You can’t just shop on your lunch hour. I know it’s hard to find more time in the day, but you’re going to have to give yourself more time to try on lots of items and try out many stores and brands. I would also strongly suggest that you NOT take your husband or kids…maybe a close friend or relative who is willing to help you. Just make sure you take turns…one day for you, one day for her. Don’t try to shop for both people on the same trip. As you gain more experience and confidence, you will be better off going by yourself. (Fewer distractions)

SECOND, expect to take lots of items into the dressing room and come out with one or none. Try them all on. And try on things that you think  probably won’t work, or are outside your comfort zone. If a certain style looks terrible, you will know not to try it again. But sometimes you will be surprised!  Give yourself time to try everything on. Look at yourself with that item on and notice what you like and what you don’t. Think color, fit, length, etc. I will easily take 30 items into a dressing room and come out with one or two. Just expect that outcome and adjust your expectations. Just think of yourself as a rare jewel and only rare items of clothing will be worthy to drape the jewel!

THIRD, now take the item home and try it on with what you already have. Were you under a spell in the dressing room? Do you already have the shoes or accessories to go with it? If you don’t are you willing to purchase them?  If not, just take it back! Otherwise those purple pants will just stay in your closet for years. 😉 Is it comfortable? Are you tugging or adjusting it a lot? Again, if so, take it back.  You will not wear something that is uncomfortable more than once no matter how cute it is.  Try it on with lot of items you already own, because sometimes there are some unexpected, positive combinations already there. And take pictures…even just with your cell phone in front of a mirror. If you find a great combination, it will help you to remember it; also helps you see if it really is flattering or NOT. Experiment with colors that you don’t normally put together…blue and brown, red and pink, yellow and black, whatever.You might make a really stunning outfit that way. Don’t try to match everything, unless you are going for a purely monochromatic look.

FOURTH, until you become familiar with a brand and their sizing, don’t order online. When you figure out a brand and their sizing, then it will be fine, and you can shop all you want online.

FIFTH, go to a store that has lots and lots of choices. You will have much better odds of finding something. Think Macy’s, Belk, Ross, TJ Maxx, or any store where you have a huge selection and good prices. 

SIXTH, and most important, when you’re in the dressing room and you try on something that doesn’t work, repeat to yourself, “It’s not me. It’s the clothes.”

I would also like to add that you should ALWAYS save your receipts, and DON’T REMOVE THE TAGS, until you are 100% sure you are going to wear the item. I have returned some items months after purchase.

I know we would all like to thank Julia for these great tips!

If you would like to read her original blog post, it is here:

Four Tips for Successful Shopping for Apple Shapes!

Happy Shopping!


9 thoughts on “SHOPPING TIPS”

  1. Wonderful tips. I would like to add, make sure you sit down in the outfit you are trying on. I don’t know how many times I have bought something liked it then when I sat down things rolled over and it wasn’t comfortable. So now I make sure to sit down in every outfit I’m trying on to make sure it will be good. Thanks for all the great information.

  2. Great ideas here. Unfortunately I have come to the stage – because of inadequate dressing rooms or long lines waiting to try things on – that I just buy the item. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Your tip on not buying online is a good one and very pertinent to me. Nothing ever fits right and instead of the additional cost of sending it back – I bin it in frustration! I get very angry with myself let alone the waste of money. So online purchasing is a no-go for me.

    I love your outfit – the red necklace really pulls it together.

    1. EB, I totally understand. Shopping can be very time-consuming and frustrating. It is fine to buy something, try it on at home, and return it if it is not right. The problem is that most people need to try on a BUNCH of stuff to find something that really stands out. The best way to do that is to set aside a day so you won’t feel stressed, and take the time you need. Of course you can’t always do this, but once you do it a few times, you will have a much better feel for what flatters you and it will be easier to buy something quickly. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. And as other readers have suggested, if you find a brand you like and a style you like, you CAN order online. I once ordered 12 bathing suits from a brand I liked and kept one. So much better than trying on in a dressing room!

    1. Laurie, so true. And you are right…look for the brands you love on eBay. Other options for recycled clothing online are Poshmark, ThredUp, and Vinted. Also good for selling things that you want to recycle.

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