There is no doubt about it, many women love to shop! While some may call it "retail therapy", the shopping experience can be a dread or a future regret if we do not know exactly where to begin. Who wants to come home with a mountain of useless items, over-priced things, and things that will be forgotten? No one. One thing's for sure, we do want to come out of our shopping experiences feeling great about our purchase, with no worries, and with no regrets. Avoid shopping anxiety by taking in these 8 tips to assure that your shopping experience a fulfilling one.
Is it Really a Bargain?
Many of us get pulled in by ads and clearance items because of the unbelieveable price. However, is cheap always the best option? Not so fast. Always consider your need for the item, the item's season, and the item's quality. I always see people get distracted by items that are cheap in price and are then determined to make something work for them. Retailers know just how to get rid of an item when it is out of season, or to make room, but if you find a really great item of quality and it makes you blush, then go ahead and get it.
Don't Believe the Hype!
Are you caught up in name brands or stores? Many people are simply because of the perception that it will mean style and quality. This isn't always the case. Use careful judgement in your decision to always buy name brand. Is it because YOU respect the brands assets, or only because it is a name brand item?
Why are You Shopping?
"Retail Therapy" is just what it sounds like. Partaking in an activity to escape the anxiety of a situation, which in this case is shopping. However, this can lead to an even greater anxiety. Many are not conscious to the fact that they are shopping without any intention at all. You'll save time, energy, and have fun by knowing what you want, what you don't want, what you need, what you don't need, and giving yourself some boundaries and options.
Don't Be Lazy...
Don't be lazy, try it on! Okay, I'm guilty of this one, simply because of my ability to interpret size and color so effortlessly. However, if shopping for an outfit, we must always try it on! Why? It's more than just color and size. Your appeal to the merchandise will also deal with how the outfit feels with movement, how to fabric feels, and how it interacts with your body's unique shape.
Do You Really Want to Shop?
Try to avoid shopping while not in a "shopping mood". Being in the mood for shopping dissolves worries, allows you to get the full experience, and you will not find yourself rushing or regretting.
Don't Forget The...
More often than not, there will be complimentary items needed for your purchase. Just bought a dress for that evening event? Make sure you have jewelry and accessories to compliment. Do you have an outfit at home that will go with those crazy-colored shoes you just bought? Always consider complementary needs for your purchase.
How Will This Help Me?
It's great to think about fashion when hitting that shopping spree, but always think about function. Why? You'll save a lot of time and money in the future by ensuring that you have essential pieces, basic pieces, diverse colors, neutral colors, coordinating pieces, and go-to items. When shopping, think about why you are buying a certain item, how many ways in can serve your wardrobe. Really think about your options and decisions. You'll find that this responsible move is an interesting and intelligent one. You'll thank yourself later.
Get Out of That Comfort Zone
For many reasons, many of us are shy about stepping out of our norm when it comes to shopping. Have a question? Ask it. Many sales associates are happy to give in-depth advice and to offer their personal perception. Want to find cheaper, more unique pieces? Don't shy away from thrifting! Never tried that color or brand? Give it a try! You never know just what you'll find when stepping into the unknown.