How many times have you uttered the words ‘I hate shopping’?
I mean, between the loud music, large crowds, unending inventory and horrible dressing room lighting, what’s not to love?
Look I totally get it, unless you’re a crazy person like me who happens to enjoy the challenge, shopping isn’t the walk in the park you really wish it was. It takes time, patience and skill.
There’s not much I can do to help you with the time & patience components, but skill… that I can help you with!
Why do you think I love teaching women like you the fundamentals to dressing for your body and your lifestyle?
Because once you master these fundamentals, you have the skills required to shop successfully for yourself.
Which is precisely why women hire me to help them with their wardrobes… they want to create a personal style they love, but they don’t have the time, patience or skill.
But I understand that not everyone can hire a wardrobe stylist.
So today I’m going to reveal how the way I shop for my clients is a way more time & cost effective method than the traditional method of shopping and you don’t even have to leave your home!
Make a list of exactly the items you’re shopping for. Be sure the items you’re looking for are in season and likely to be found in stores at the time you’re looking.
Also make a list of the online stores you’d like to shop at. Department stores are usually great options because you can find the most variety in one place. Some of my favorite stores include;
Set 2 budgets; first budget is the amount you can afford to spend to get as many clothing options to you as possible. NOTE this number is not the amount you want to spend to keep clothes. This amount allows you to purchase several options for you to try on and see what works and what doesn’t work. If possible I suggest having this budget start at least $1000. Most of these items will be returned.
The second budget is the max amount you want to spend to buy the clothes you actually keep.
For example your 1st budget might be $1000 while your keep budget is $500.
Determine your body shape and three words that describe how you want your clothes to make you feel. It’s also a good idea to create a style vision board Pinterest also. You want to make sure you begin your shopping session empowered with as much specific information on what you’re looking for as possible. This will make deciding what to put in your cart a lot easier.
Find a 2-3 hour uninterrupted time slot in your schedule for you to shop online, and book it in your calendar.
Make your online shopping day fun. Have your favorite snack, drink, playlist or podcast ready to go and get comfortable.
Start looking for the items on your list at various online stores you’ve pre-selected.
Questions to ask yourself when deciding on an item:
- Is this item on my list of clothing I need/want?
- Will the cut of this item suit my body shape?
- Do I think this item will make me feel at least 2 of the 3 words I choose that describe how I want my clothes to make me feel?
- Does this item have the same feel as the style direction on my vision board? (doesn’t have to be an exact match, just have similar feel)
- Is this item returnable? I strongly suggest avoiding final sale items online.
When you’ve finished shopping, it’s time to find another 2 hour uninterrupted time slot in your schedule for you to try on all the clothing you just bought online! Book that day & time into your calendar.
Time to play dress up and try on all the fun clothes that came in the mail. Be sure you have a full length mirror near by and just like your shopping session, make your fitting day as fun as possible also, so grab favorite drink snack and playlist and get started. Each time you try a garment on, ask yourself the same questions you asked yourself while shopping;
- does the cut of this item suit my body shape? If fit isn’t perfect, is it something that can be fixed by altering?
- does this item make me feel at least 2 of the 3 words I choose to describe how I want my clothes to make me feel?
- does this item have the same feel as the style direction on my vision board? (doesn’t have to be an exact match, just have similar feel)
- do I like how the item looks when I take a picture of myself in front of the full length mirror?
Keep all the items that you’ve answered yes to all of the questions above (and that are within your keep budget) and return everything else!
You will most likely have to say no to more items than you say yes to, but that’s okay because it’s not about quantity, it’s about building a wardrobe filled with clothes you love.<
If you shop this way 2-3 times a year, you’ll definitely see the closet evolve into something you’ll be really proud of!
Have you ever shopped this way before? If not, is this a method you’re open to trying out sometime soon? Leave me a note in the comments below and let me know :)