We all love to shop, right? But sometimes, what should be a fun outing can turn into a chore. Fashion should always be fun and inspiring! So we have some tips for getting through without deciding to quit and start wearing hessian sacks (because they flatter no one).
Feel good before shopping
A new clothes outing can be a great way to cheer yourself up if you’ve had a hard day – it’s certainly what a lot of us turn to when we’re feeling blue! However, if you’ve had a big cheat meal and are feeling bloated, or you’re sweaty and ruffled after a hectic work day, wriggling in and out of clothes under harsh changing room lights is not going to make you feel fabulous. It’s likely you’ll be more self-critical too. You’re better off braving the changing rooms when you’re fresh and having a day of rockin’ body confidence.
Know what you need
We know, we know. Nobody goes into a cash-splashing fashion frenzy by thinking “do I really need that?” But hear us out. It’s not necessarily about being sensible, it’s about knowing what you already have. You might love that distressed denim skirt, but if you already have a similar one at home, this new one will only clutter your wardrobe and limit your outfit versatility. Instead, spend your hard-earned dollars on unique pieces that you will wear a lot.
Avoid buyer’s remorse
The worst thing that can happen is for your shopping high to be spoiled by a nagging sense of buyer’s remorse! Avoid this by not impulse buying, particularly more costly pieces. It doesn’t have to be an overnight think – just have a coffee break and consider these three things: 1) is the price something you can afford right now, 2) do you have at least three items already that you can wear this piece with, and 3) do you LOVE it? If the answer to all three is yes, you most likely won’t find yourself at home with a wildcard wardrobe item you’ll wish you’d never bought.
Don’t restrict yourself
We all know to dress in ways that flatter our individual, beautiful shapes, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck buying peplum tops or skinny jeans for the rest of your life. If you feel restricted, you won’t enjoy shopping because part of the fun of it is being adventurous and exploring new trends and styles! Try on those mum jeans, brave the crop top, whatever you like the look of! As long as you feel comfortable and gorgeous, you’ll be confident in your new ensemble!
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.