Instant Style: 10 Tips to Help you Shop Like a Pro

17 Oct

Everyone has their own unique, personal style.  Finding it can sometimes be tricky.  It takes patience and time to create a wardrobe that is uniquely you.  Below are ten shopping tips that will help you get started.

  1. Shopping is easiest when you plan enough time.  Even if you hate to shop, allocate at least 3 hours to allow yourself time to try on options and browse the selections. 
  2. Remember to shower and get ready prior to shopping. You will be happier with the way you look in clothing if you are ready as opposed to having just rolled out of bed or coming from the gym.  Treat shopping like a date.
  3. Ask the people you admire where they like to shop.  
  4. While everyone has their own reliable stores where they enjoy shopping, don’t be afraid to walk in somewhere new.  You may be surprised at what you find.
  5. Don’t shop tired or hungry, it will make it difficult to concentrate.  
  6. Remember to wear undergarments.  This may sound obvious, but there are always people who don’t come wearing a bra.  You will typically want to try on items with one, so don’t forget it!
  7. Select accessories such as jewelry, hats, and scarves at the time you buy an outfit.  It is much easier to match things up when you have all of the items with you.  In addition, these “extras” tend to add your personal style and make the outfit. So include them in your budget and try to incorporate them to your wardrobe.  
  8. Establish a budget ahead of time, as well as a list of “essential” items.  Start by finding the essentials to ensure you have a wardrobe base and then spend your additional money on the other items.   
  9. When buying bathing suits, if the store policy allows it, seriously consider buying and trying them on at home.  People are rarely happy with the way they look in a swimsuit in the store dressing room.  Trying it on at home in front of your own mirror can make all the difference.  You can always take it back if you are unhappy with the fit.
  10. Ask the sales people to point out popular new items. Often times these things sell out first, so take the time to try them on.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask them for advice on what might look nice on you.  That’s what they are there for!

And remember… shopping can (and should) be fun with a little practice and planning up front.

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3 Responses to “Instant Style: 10 Tips to Help you Shop Like a Pro”

  1. bonkasaurus October 17, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    These are great tips! especially the bra one! too many times i get bummed at the way garments look on me specifically because the bra I’m wearing with it doesn’t hold up well or is obvious.

    -Bianca at

  2. Lisa October 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Great advice…especially about shopping hungry or tired!!! i also think its helpful to shop w/ a friend…someone that you trust to tell you the truth and maybe help you pick out items that may be a little out of your comfort level!

  3. isabelklosterman108 October 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Kim, when I get home, you’re taking me shopping! These are great! : )

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