Do you hate to shop for clothes?
According to a recent report by WGSN (Worth Global Style Network), 28% of women HATE to shop for clothes. To them, it's a four-letter word that produces stress and anxiety any time they think about hitting mall.
Now for 26% of women who absolutely LOVE to shop and frequently ease their woes with retail therapy, this may be inconceivable. How can anyone NOT enjoy thrill of hunt or big bargain score? Who doesn't love modeling new clothes in front of mirror or being asked incessantly, “Great outfit! Is it new?”
The answer? Plenty of people.
And for many women who hate to shop, problem has little to do with money. In fact, according to WGSN, when these women actually force themselves to go buy clothes, they rarely look for bargains.
Instead, they tend to avoid mall because:
1.They don't know what kinds of clothes look best on them.
2.They don't follow fashion and don't want to look ridiculous or dated in their purchases.
3.They're easily flustered when they can't find what they're looking for quickly.
4.They feel uncomfortable trying on clothes in dressing rooms.
5.They may have put on a lot of weight and either can't find clothes that fit or don't want to face fact that they need a larger size.
6.They hate crowds.
Does any of this sound familiar?
If you can really relate to this list, here are some tips to make shopping easier, less expensive, and far less frustrating than you may have experienced in past:
1. Determine Your Body Shape
Start by taking a good look at your birthday suit in mirror next time you change clothes or step out of bath. Are your hips bigger than your chest? Your chest bigger than your hips? Is your waist same size as your chest and hips? Does your body resemble an hourglass? Make a note. Look for clothes shaped same way you are when you hit stores. This will lead to fast success and minimal frustration.
2. Determine Your Lifestyle
What kinds of clothes work best in your current situation? Do you need business wear? Jeans? Ball gowns? If your lifestyle is 60% work, 20% social, and 20% leisure, for example, or 90% work and 5% social and 5% leisure, then your wardrobe should reflect as much. Otherwise, you may be hard pressed to find something to wear for those activities where you spend least amount of time.
3. Assess Your Needs and Make a List
Once you know your shape and your lifestyle, it's time to go through your closet and see what you need. If you're short on tops, put them on list. Feel fabulous in a coatdress? Add a few more. Love your black A-line skirt? Buy another one in dark blue.
Remember: if you start with a list, you can immediately hone in on those pieces in store. When you only look for what you need, you're a lot less likely to get distracted - or confused.