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Top Tips For Stress Free Shopping

May 12, 2008
Shopping for clothes can be a stressful business. With so much choice, and our personal image at stake, it can become a challenge loaded with fear. What if we buy the wrong sort of outfit and we end up looking ridiculous? What if we buy something we think looks good but is so last season? It might be safer to look at the display models and see what the experts recommend and simply buy those outfits exactly as they are, then we can't go wrong.

Of course, there are people who adore shopping for clothes, and for them the whole process is relatively stress free, but for those people who can't stand the experience because of all the extra worry and stress, what can you do to help improve your overall feeling of well being and security, and stand a greater chance of arriving home armed with clothes that work for you?

The first thing is to have a think in advance of the kind of clothes you are going to buy. Check your wardrobe and see what you have, and also have a look for items you have bought in the past which you thought you'd wear, and either have never worn once or have worn so very rarely that it really wasn't worth buying. Think about the sort of colours you wear usually, and which look good, and the sort of accessories, shoes and other outfits which might work well with any purchase you make.

Shops will display posters and models wearing full outfits, but of course these are almost always showing off the top designer labels, and the most expensive products. Try not to be too swayed by these images, but instead, have a look through fashion catalogues and mail order catalogues to see the kind of colours and styles that are popular if you aren't too confident about this yourself.

If you hit the shops with no idea of how much you'll be spending, you may very well end up being parted from a great deal more money than you would have preferred. Retailers are very good at persuading you to part with your hard earned money, it's what they do for a living. Work out a budget, and make sure that you stick to it carefully.

Sales assistants can be very helpful if you are not too confident in choosing your own outfits, so don't worry about asking them to help you. Give them your basic requirements - what you're looking for and the kind of budget you're looking to spend as well. More often than not they'll be able to point something out to you, and give you some feedback on how you look. Do bear in mind of course that these people are trying to sell these clothes, so you're more likely to receive positive comments than negative. Compare shops, don't just stop at the first one.

Tell yourself that you will not be allowed to spend any money until you have visited at least three shops. This way you will have a chance to compare, and make a wiser choice based on the comments from different sales people, and think about what looked or felt right to you. Shopping with a friend can also help with this too.
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