Know your budget: No, really. Do NOT shop without knowing how much cash you have, and how much you can comfortably spend. Shopping blindly leads to shopping regret of one kind or another.
Inventory your closet: Annoying, but worth it. Many of us buy duplicates or near-duplicates, and that practice can be avoided by familiarizing yourself with your current wardrobe. And before you buy anything, ask yourself: Do I love this because it’s perfectly “me” or because it’s incredibly familiar?
Eat something: DO NOT shop on an empty stomach. You will become crabby and tired in under an hour.
Wear fitted underlayers: For easiest dressing room changes, I try to construct an outfit with a tight tank and leggings as the base. That way, I don’t need to strip down to undies every single time and can still roughly gauge garment fit. I can also duck in and out of the fitting rooms more easily since my base layers stay on my bod.
Wear your hair up: If you’ve got long locks and will be trying on shirts or dresses, you’re likely to give yourself Dandelion Head in no time flat. Tie your hair back.*
Do minimal makeup: How much do we hate smudging new merchandise? Lots. Go easy on the cosmetics, please.*
Consider footwear: If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes, of course. However, if you’re shopping for dress pants and typically wear heels to work, bring an additional pair. Trying to eyeball pant length is nearly impossible.
Take breaks: If you’re planning to shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., work in a lunch break and at least one other short break. You might be able to power through, but at a certain point you’ll become overwhelmed and exhausted. Scheduled breaks will keep you focused and refreshed.
Drink water: Nothing parches my throat like hours of shopping. Tote a water bottle, hit a drinking fountain, or get a beverage on one of those aforementioned breaks.
Set a deadline: I’m sure that some of you have no trouble stopping shopping, but if I’m questing for something? I will run myself RAGGED looking for it. Giving myself a set number of hours to shop helps me keep from going overboard.
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*If you’re shopping for a garment that will be worn with elaborate makeup or a specific hairstyle, and you need to know how the two will interact, you can definitely get done up before you shop. But, in my opinion, it’s easier to shop with simple hair and makeup, do a second round of try-ons at home with the fancier face and ‘do, and return what doesn’t work.