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I have always loved shopping. Ever since I was little I’ve loved going to the mall and picking out a new outfit or pair of shoes. There’s something so exciting about the endless amount of outfit options you can pair together to make you feel like a shiny new coin. Whenever I find the perfect outfit and pair of shoes I feel like a model walking down the sidewalk. You know the commercials that are in slow motion where her hair is effortlessly blowing in the breeze while she struts down the street and laughs at something you can’t see? Yeah that’s me. Or at least what I feel like, although I’m sure I look nothing like that. 😂 As much as I love shopping, it can also be really frustrating, especially when a lot of the clothes don’t fit me the way it would fit someone who’s 5’7”. I hate buying something then regretting it the next day, or week, or having it not fit the same way it did before it was washed. Whether you’re tall, petite, or average, this has happened to all of us. Not only is it a waste of money, but I feel horrible tossing an item of clothing aside after never wearing it or wearing it once and deciding how un-cute it makes me feel. SO! Here’s a list of tips I’ve pulled together to help you avoid buying things you’ll regret so you can spend your time and resources on items that make you feel great, just like they should!
If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.
This is my number one thought when I go clothes shopping. I know this seems obvious because if you don’t love something, why would you spend money on it? But for some reason it happens a lot. So many times I’ve tried on a piece of clothing and thought “It’s cute…It fits fine. I think I’ll wear it.” Then said piece of clothing sits in the back of my closet after wearing it twice until I eventually throw it in a Goodwill bag. If you have to keep looking at it, or use the word “think” when you’re deciding if you like it or will wear it, chances are you shouldn’t buy it. If it doesn’t make you dance around then don’t buy it!
I don’t know why the fashion industry suddenly decided that every single article of clothing should have rayon in it, or be made completely of it, but I can’t stand it! Rayon ( also called viscose) is that super soft, stretchy material that feels like a dream when you touch it but makes your shirt two sizes smaller than it should be after it’s washed. It’s also that crimpy looking material that a lot of light, summery pieces are made out of, which shrinks 10x more than it’s stretchy version. I’ve bought at least 3 dresses and a pair of wide leg pants that fit like a dream until they went in the wash, then came out so small I couldn’t even get them on. Rayon is a tricky material because if it’s mixed with other materials, it may not shrink at all. If something is rayon and spandex I’ve found it mostly maintains it’s size; or if it’s polyester and rayon it may shrink some, but not as bad. As long as the percentage of material it’s mixed with is higher than the percentage of rayon, and the percentage of rayon is at or under 50%, the article of clothing should stay about the same size. If a tag says “100% rayon\viscose” anywhere, put it back and move on to the next item.
Don’t force yourself to like something.
Fashion is such a fluid thing. Styles are constantly changing, certain pieces become popular, and peoples tastes change. I went through a phase in high school where I really liked the boho look (even though I owned almost nothing that looked like that) and I wanted everything to be loose and flowy. The more Aztec prints and turquoise rings I could find, the better. Then a couple years ago I decided I wanted to be edgy. Lots of dark and neutral tones, tighter shirts, leather jackets, etc. I wanted to change my style because that’s what either my friends, people around me, or everyone on social media was wearing and loved, and they all looked great! But whenever I would go shopping, I found myself having to force my eye to what I thought I wanted, and not where it naturally wandered which was, and still is, to anything pink, girly, or preppy. Now I’m not saying that people can’t love more than one style at a time, and that you can’t be edgy or boho one day than covered in pink and ruffles the next, just make sure you’re wearing and buying what YOU love, not what everyone else is telling you to.
If you have to make major alterations, it’s not for you.
I’ve tried on so many things and thought “If the waist was just smaller: If I could just add straps: If I style it this way it will look better:” and so many other things. Unless that’s what you do and you’re a DIY person that loves making clothing into something totally new, you shouldn’t have to completely alter a shirt\skirt\dress just so you’ll wear it. Find something you love from the start and your fashion life will be a whole lot easier.
I don’t know who started the phrase “Beauty is pain” but they obviously led an uncomfortable life. Feeling pretty in an outfit shouldn’t mean that you’re secretly wincing in discomfort because the material itches, or the zipper is stabbing you in the back, or you can’t wait to run home and change because something is too low, too tight, or makes you feel uncomfortable with your body. Because the fashion industry is so large you have endless options to clothes that can make you feel amazing AND comfortable. It may make the hunt harder, but trust me, it’s worth it!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found some helpful tips in this list to keep your confidence up and find clothes you love the night time you go shopping.