Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shut Up and Shop

OK, with all due respect, I don't really mean "shut up." What I mean is: Stop hesitating! If you have the budget to shop, the time to hit your favorite stores, and the desire to update your wardrobe, what is really stopping you?

One of the biggest excuses that stop women from shopping is based on fear. They fear they won't find their size, they fear that they aren't "cool enough" to wear a new trend, they fear that they won't be able to afford anything...etc...Well, these are all "what if's." Just like anything in life, you won't know if you don't try. And I know this from firsthand experience!

If you can relate to these fear factors, here is some advice on how to approach shopping, should it be the right time to spend your money and purchases new pieces:

- Make a list of what you really need and what are extras in order to avoid over-spending. Focus on your necessities first.

- Wear a comfy pair of shoes so you can spend the time you need to shop. The last thing you want is to be forced to end your shopping day early because your dogs are killing you. Be smart!

- Take a buddy with you for a second opinion if you truly feel clueless. A little help from someone you trust can go a long way.

- Bring the shoes or items of clothing that you are hoping to match a new item with. This will help avoid playing the guessing game and eventually having to return the new items.

- Try on! Let go of your inhibitions and try something new. Maybe that black pencil skirt hugs your body just right or that mini denim skirt perfectly shows off your long legs. Most pieces look completely different on the hanger than when you actually wear them.

- Know your measurements. All lines run a little differently, so if you know what your measurements are and your size, you will find pieces that flatter your figure a lot of faster. And the key here: Don't lie to yourself. Finding something that fits is more important than the number.

And the number one important tip is: HAVE FUN. Shopping should be a leisurely and exciting opportunity to revamp your style. You will not have fun if you dread the experience. I promise you that.

Have some tips of your own? Please feel free to share!

If you are interested in any of my personal shopping and wardrobe consulting services, feel free to contact me. I am based in the Inland Empire of Southern California, also serving the areas of Los Angeles and Orange County.

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