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…………http://bit.ly/23j2dq7
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
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.