11 Tips and Tricks to Make Clothes Shopping Easier
Are you prone to buyer’s regret after shopping for clothes? Or do you feel empty handed when you return home from shopping? I have a lot of experience shopping for myself as well as my children so I understand how stressful it can be for your nerves and your wallet.
Shopping for clothes can be made easier if you plan ahead. If you have a few tips, shopping can be fun and productive.
11 Tips and Tricks to Make Clothes Shopping Easier
“Get Ready” Beforehand
While you may be quick to get to work, taking the time to prepare yourself can make all the difference. It will be easier to feel confident in your clothes if you have your hair and make-up done the way that you want.
A day shopping can be difficult if you feel overwhelmed and unorganized.
Do not forget to bring:
Everything you have to return so you can get credit immediately!
You can use a measuring tape to help you measure if you are shopping secondhand. Sizing is so variable and fitting rooms may not be an option. You can use it to quickly check the fit in any store.
- Easy to remove and put on shoes.
- All applicable coupon codes or gift cards.
Know your budget
It can make shopping much easier and save you lots of regret later. A general rule of thumb is to set aside 5% of your monthly income for clothes, shoes, or accessories. You can also save up for the future if necessary. This is just a general rule of thumb. If it doesn’t work, don’t worry.
Start broad, then edit
Online or in-person, you can add all you want to your shopping cart and then reduce your choices. You can compare many items at once and choose the ones that you like best.
There will be things that don’t work and some that are surprising you. Don’t count things too soon. Bring plenty of clothes to the fitting room. If necessary, make sure you have multiple sizes.
My kids used to have me as their “gofer”, switching sizes while they were fitting in the shop. This saves everyone time and prevents buyers from feeling guilty about buying something that doesn’t fit because they didn’t try it on.
Keep a Wish List
You can keep a list of clothes that you like or need. You can then refer to the list when you go shopping.
A shopping list is more effective than going out with a specific item in mind. Although you might not find everything you need on your first trip, over time you will be able to check off the majority of your items or decide that you don’t need some.
Take Advantage of Season Sales
You can save money on clothes by not missing out on sales outside of season. You can shop for summer clothes at end-ofsummer sales and winter clothes at end-of–winter sales. This is a great way for you to save, although it may take some planning.
It is important to shop for these sales frequently and not only with volume in your mind. If you find something that you like, don’t hesitate to buy it.
You’ll eventually realize that you have accumulated a well-balanced wardrobe and are able to save a lot of money. It’s true what they say: Slow and steady wins.
Get easy-to-wash items
Why wait until you have dry cleaning? It is important to ensure that the item you are considering buying is washable. Dry cleaning can cost more than the savings you get even if an item is cheap.
Bring a friend or two
Shopping with friends can be more fun and it can also prove to be much more beneficial to get a second opinion. A friend can help you feel more confident about something or let you know if it isn’t right for you. Don’t be afraid asking a friend or family member who has a similar style to you to join you on a shopping trip. Even if they are unable to make it, they will feel honored.
You could also meet up with a friend to shop online and share snacks. It can also be very helpful to send photos of clothing I am considering purchasing to friends.
You Save on Trends, but you spend more on quality
It’s possible to save money by investing more in timeless pieces that will be comfortable and stylish for many seasons. A classic pair of black boots, or a blazer, will never go out-of-fashion. Therefore, it’s worth spending more on timeless pieces that are durable and can be worn over and over again.
Avoid spending too much on trendy items or pieces you will only wear occasionally. It’s not a good idea to spend a lot on clothes you won’t wear very often.
Learn More About The Exchange and Return Policies
This is especially important when shopping online. Online shopping should only be done at places that allow free returns. It can be costly to ship bulky items. If the store charges a restocking fee, it will only increase the price you paid to just try the item on.
Get Coupons and Discounts
Coupons don’t have to be used for groceries. Rakuten is a website that offers money-saving coupons as well as cash back for online shopping. Apps that compare prices and show you if the item you have in your shopping cart is more expensive elsewhere are also available.
Online or via the app, you can find special coupons and discounts that you might be eligible to use in-store.