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Hate Shopping? You need to read this!

April 7, 2016


Call me strange, but I DO NOT LIKE SHOPPING, especially for clothes.  In fact, I think shopping for clothes is akin to Chinese Water torture!  Perhaps I was born without the ‘retail therapy’ gene?

Recently, Lauren from  Millers Fashion ‘The Seeing Me Project’, asked me to visit one of their stores and write an article about my experience.  My first response was ‘No Way!’ I broke into a cold sweat and clammy palms at the thought of it. However,  I’m always up for a challenge so thought ‘Why not! I can do this!

With my trusty photographer (my long suffering, darling husband), we set off on the challenge!

I would love you to read about my experience at Millers here and leave a comment Just click on the link…………

I reflected on my way home and realised I actually had enjoyed the experience after all.  However, I think there were a few factors that made the experience enjoyable so I thought I would list them for you (in case you are strange, like me, and don’t enjoy shopping).

My guide to an enjoyable shopping experience

1. Plan

Decide on a day and lock it in. By having the day planned and scheduled I’m more inclined to be ‘in the shopping mood’ and achieve a positive result. Why not have a friend accompany you? Know what you want before you go. Is it for a special occasion or just for casual wear?

2. Make an effort with your appearance

Depending on what type of outfit you are wanting, wear some makeup and style your hair. This will give you a better idea of what the ‘overall look’ will be. I’m not a fan of dressing room mirrors at the best of times, so looking ‘half decent’ helps your mindset.

3. Check out the website first to see what is available and what you might like.

If the idea of wandering around stores with no idea of what you are looking for is akin to water torture, take a look at what the store has to offer online. Millers has a section on their website which puts together different ideas which can be very helpful if you aren’t sure.

4. Go early or late

Plan to shop either first up in the morning or later in the day when the shops are not so busy.  You will also probably avoid ‘parking rage’ in the carpark and start your experience in a relaxed state of mind.  The sales assistant will probably have a little more time to spend with you during ‘off peak’ shopping times.

5. Wear appropriate underwear

Don’t you hate it when you have bulges in the wrong places? Wearing appropriate underwear is flattering and will show off the outfit in the best light. There is nothing worse than trying on clothes with ill-fitting undergarments. It’s not a good look!

6. Wear or take appropriate shoes

If you are looking for something that is for a special occasion, take the shoes you will be wearing or similar to give you the overall impression.

7. Shop Online

If you really don’t like shopping take the easy way out and shop online in the comfort of your own PJ’s with a cup of coffee or a glass of your favourite red.

Now go forth and enjoy the shopping experience!

Let’s Keep Sizzling!


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  • Reply Lee MacArthur April 8, 2016 at 15:59

    I detest shopping for clothing. I’ve always hated it and I only go in when I have to with a specific list of what I want. If I can’t find it, I don’t buy anything. So you are not crazy at all.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 08:19

      Good to know Lee! I thought I was letting the team down but I truly do think it is a waste of time just browsing. To each their own I suppose but unless there is a purpose you won’t find me at the mall. 🙂

  • Reply Kathleen April 9, 2016 at 13:57

    I used to love ‘window shopping’ I did not have to buy I just wanted to see everything. These days I don’t even like doing that. My husband does nearly all of the shopping and he has to nag me to buy new clothes. I like new clothes but like you, I hate looking for them. I have to be careful that I buy what is best for me and not buy an item because it is on special or just because it happens to fit well. Thanks for the good tips too, I particularly like the hair and makeup one.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 19:55

      Oh Kathleen we are so alike. My husband started doing the shopping when he retired and I still worked full time. He has continued that job which I’m not arguing with. I find I don’t need nearly as many clothes these days and prefer a casual wear. Thanks for stopping by with such positive feedback. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt April 11, 2016 at 12:08

    I have always enjoyed clothes shopping, but usually I have a particular object in mind. These points are spot on and are helpful!

  • Reply Krista April 11, 2016 at 22:13

    Good list. I thought I was the ONLY one who doesn’t get excited about solving life’s stresses with a shopping trip. I usually try to go early, less crowded and yes, better parking. I also shop with a purpose. I hate meandering though a story “just looking”. Not my kind of thing. Shopping online first to get an idea of what you want before stepping into the mall is great idea.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:22

      Oh great to hear we aren’t alone Krista! Glad you enjoyed the tips and thank you for stopping by to comment. Have a great day!

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells April 13, 2016 at 01:01

    I do hate clothes shopping beyond the first store or first couple of outfits because I cannot stand putting on and taking off clothes. I think all of your tips are perfect and address a lot of the other reasons that I have disliked a shopping trip when I didn’t plan it well and wasn’t prepared. I do like online shopping and personal styling services, though, because I try everything on in the comfort of home with everything I like and need…then ship off what didn’t work. Score! LOL! This is a fab post, and I pinned it to my fashion tips and resources board. Thank you, Sue!

    • Reply Regina L. L. Wells April 13, 2016 at 01:04

      Side note: I could shoe shop all day and night, though. LOL!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2016 at 12:36

        Oh I can imagine your shoe collection LOL:)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2016 at 12:36

      Oh the idea of a personal styling service definitely appeals to me. You always look so put together and I love your hairstyle. My main beef with shopping is that it can be such a waste of time – especially if there is a gorgeous day outside. Online certainly has helped. Thank you so much for pinning my post to your fashion board I feel honoured. xx

  • Reply Kathleen April 13, 2016 at 17:29

    Woot. You this post was among the most clicked on The Blogger’s Pit Stop, look for a feature on Friday

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2016 at 21:04

      Oh fantastic Kathleen You have made my day! Thanks again!

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