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    Do you hate to shop for clothes?

    According to a recent report by WGSN (Worth Global Style

    Network), 28% of women HATE to shop for clothes. To them,

    it’s a four-letter word that produces stress and anxiety

    any time they think about hitting the mall.

    Now for the 26% of women who absolutely LOVE to shop and

    frequently ease their woes with retail therapy, this may be

    inconceivable. How can anyone NOT enjoy the thrill of the

    hunt or the big bargain score? Who doesn’t love modeling

    new clothes in front of the mirror or being asked

    incessantly, “Great outfit! Is it new?”

    The answer? Plenty of people.

    And for many women who hate to shop, the problem has little

    to do with money. In fact, according to WGSN, when these

    women actually force themselves to go buy clothes, they

    rarely look for bargains.

    Instead, they tend to avoid the mall because:

    1.They don’t know what kinds of clothes look best on them.

    2.They don’t follow fashion and don’t want to look

    ridiculous or dated in their purchases.

    3.They’re easily flustered when they can’t find what

    they’re looking for quickly.

    4.They feel uncomfortable trying on clothes in dressing

    rooms.

    5.They may have put on a lot of weight and either can’t

    find clothes that fit or don’t want to face the fact that

    they need a larger size.

    6.They hate crowds.

    Does any of this sound familiar?

    If you can really relate to this list, here are some tips

    to make shopping easier, less expensive, and far less

    frustrating than you may have experienced in the past:

    1. Determine Your Body Shape

    Start by taking a good look at your birthday suit in the

    mirror the next time you change clothes or step out of the

    bath. Are your hips bigger than your chest? Your chest

    bigger than your hips? Is your waist the same size as your

    chest and hips? Does your body resemble an hourglass?

    Make a note. Look for clothes shaped the same way you are

    when you hit the stores. This will lead to fast success

    and minimal frustration.

    2. Determine Your Lifestyle

    What kinds of clothes work best in your current situation?

    Do you need business wear? Jeans? Ball gowns? If your

    lifestyle is 60% work, 20% social, and 20% leisure, for

    example, or 90% work and 5% social and 5% leisure, then

    your wardrobe should reflect as much. Otherwise, you may

    be hard pressed to find something to wear for those

    activities where you spend the least amount of time.

    3. Assess Your Needs and Make a List

    Once you know your shape and your lifestyle, it’s time to

    go through your closet and see what you need. If you’re

    short on tops, put them on the list. Feel fabulous in a

    coatdress? Add a few more. Love your black A-line skirt?

    Buy another one in dark blue.

    Remember: if you start with a list, you can immediately

    hone in on those pieces in the store. When you only look

    for what you need, you’re a lot less likely to get

    distracted – or confused.

    4. Go When it’s Quiet and You Have Some Time

    This may not always be possible, depending on your

    situation, but try to go when the stores are nearly empty

    and you have a little time to look, like a weekday morning.

    Not only will the store clerks be more available to help,

    you’ll have plenty of time to go through the store

    inventory.

    If you hate crowds or have to constantly monitor your watch

    as you shop, you’re more likely to give up quickly or buy

    unsatisfactory pieces just to get it over with.

    Simple solution: shop online.

    5. Leave The Kids At Home

    This may not always be possible, but if you can shop when

    they’re at school, leave them with a sitter, or swap

    sitting duties with another mom so you each have free time,

    do.

    6. Buy and Return

    If you don’t have the time or inclination to try on clothes

    before you buy them, go to a mirror, hold the clothes up in

    front of you and see how they look. If it looks like

    something you might like, test the size in the places it’s

    most likely to give you trouble, like the shoulders, bust

    or hips, by grabbing the edge of the garment and seeing

    where it hits on the side of your body. If it goes half

    way, chances are, you have a close fit. If it doesn’t or

    if it goes beyond the halfway point, go up or down a size,

    respectively. Buy it, take it home, and try it on there.

    If it fits, keep it. If it doesn’t, take it back.

    7. Hire Help

    If you truly don’t want to attempt any of this on your own,

    or if you’re after a certain look but don’t have the time

    to track it down, hire a personal shopper. Many better

    department stores and boutiques have one on staff; just

    ask. Or, check online, in the newspaper, or in the phone

    book for freelance personal shoppers in your area. The

    Association of Image Consultants International

    http://www.aici.org

    might also be able to recommend someone locally.

    While the fee for department or boutique staff shoppers is

    usually free (they receive a commission on the clothes you

    buy from their store), most freelance shoppers will charge

    either an hourly or flat fee for their services, plus the

    cost of clothes. If that’s what it takes to get you out

    the door, looking your best, with a minimum of stress, pay

    it. It will pay you back many times in increased

    confidence, reduced stress, and a workable, wearable

    wardrobe.

    Shopping for new clothes should be an enjoyable event you

    participate in at least twice a year, to refurbish your

    closet for the new season. If you hate to shop or always

    wind up with stuff you don’t need, try these tips to get

    your closet in order. Who knows? You may actually start

    to enjoy yourself!



    Source by Diana Pemberton-Sikes

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