This is an idea I’ve had for a while now, and I thought it would be relevant to post it now since most people will be doing some form of shopping in the next few weeks. Even if you’re organised and have finished all of your Christmas shopping, I for one am looking forward to the yearly treat that is The January Sales. Yes, they deserve capitalisation.
Anyway, if you’re going out shopping for clothes, it can be quite a stressful experience, so here are a few of my tips to reduce the stress as much as possible.
Tip 1: Dress To Undress
If you’re planning on trying on clothes (which is always a good idea, especially if you have a quirkily shaped body like me), then it’s important to wear things you can take off and put back on easily. For me, that’s slip-on or easily removable shoes, not too tight trousers, and a loose top. Also (this is mainly for women) if you’re getting something specific, try to put on appropriate underwear, so you can see what the final look will be like. For example, if you want a prom dress, a strapless bra might be a good idea. Remember that if you’re trying on tops, your hair and makeup can be messed up, so bring a hairbrush and/or makeup to touch-up, if looking unruffled is important to you.
Tip 2: Ask For Help
Contrary to popular belief, shop assistants actually are there to help you. If you can’t find something, just ask – this can save a lot of time and frustration if you can’t find something in a particular size or colour. Shop assistants can be annoying if you don’t need help, but extremely useful if you do.
Tip 3: Plan Your Route
If you know your way around the shopping centre or city centre you’re going to, or can find a map of it, try to plan the order of which shops you’ll go to. It doesn’t have to be specific, and it can easily be changed, but I assure you that having to walk back to where you started because you forgot to visit a certain place doesn’t make your day better.
Tip 4: Don’t Lose Great Finds
Have you ever had the infuriating experience of finding a great item somewhere, but not being totally decided on it – then returning an hour later, cash in hand, and finding someone else has bought it? Well, one thing I’ve found is that most shops will keep an item behind their counter for you if you ask. All you need to do is go up to a shop assistant or someone on the till, and ask ‘Could you possibly keep this behind the counter for me?’ and then if they ask why, explain that you need to either get money out of the bank, or find a friend for their opinion on it, and they’ll probably agree. This can save a lot of the stress you can get, especially if there’s only one item in your size but you just can’t choose on the spot.
That’s all I could come up with for now – does anyone else have any advice for stress-busting techniques? I’d love to hear them.