Compare notes: Before you hit the shops, stop for a coffee and chat about your goals for the day. Share yours, but take note of your friend’s, too. As you browse around, keep her list and criteria in mind, and pull items for her to try. You are an objective set of eyes, and will undoubtedly select items for her that she would’ve passed right over.
Make a plan: Your buddy may have different tastes, or just have different goals for the day. Unless you’re exploring a new city and have absolutely no obligations until bedtime, make a rough plan so that you’ll know which shops you’ll be visiting. It’ll help you budget for the outing, and also create balance: You can hit the stores you need, and make sure your friend hits her targets, too.
Be patient: Bring a book or app-laden phone to keep you occupied in case your buddy moves at a slower pace. No one likes to be rushed!
Encourage breaks: If you don’t have a scheduled lunch or dinner rolled into the day’s doings, be sure to demand breaks. They’ll help you recoup and regroup. This will make the outing feel more social, and also keep you both from getting over-tired.
Be honest: If your friend asks for an opinion, give it tactfully but honestly. Never lie or embellish, as you’ll just be doing your buddy a disservice. There are plenty of ways to offer constructive criticism in the dressing room.
Play: Make sure to do at least one goofy try-on at some point during the day. Or, at the very least, do a blind swap: Pick out something for your friend to try on that she’d never select for herself, and agree to try on an item she’s chosen for you. You’ll be amazed by how many fabulous purchases result from such silliness.
Curb the body bashing: Make an agreement beforehand to refrain from talking smack about your figures. You are there to support and encourage, and one of the best ways to do that is to ban body bashing and load on the praise instead.
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