I adore clothes shopping. Probably a little too much. And it doesn’t have to be shopping for me – I am just as happy to tag along on a friend’s shopping expedition. In fact, I sort of love that.
They say everyone has a secret super power – mine is an encyclopaedic knowledge of what stores stock what and where they are located in Carindale shopping centre. That and the ability to spot a bargain at fifty paces. Plus, I am pretty honest.
Do you want to come shopping with me?
Firstly, do you need anything in particular? Or just feeling like a bit of retail therapy? Probably a good idea to check into your wardrobe and think about what’s missing. You might also want to have a quick look online to see what’s in store that might meet your needs. Have you got your basics sorted?
Oh, and if you need to match anything in particular, bring that with you.
This store looks like it has stuff you’ll like. Shall we go in?
You pull a few things off the rack and ask whether you should buy them. Well, for one thing, you aren’t buying anything until you try it on. We head on over to the change rooms.
I can see you fussing with it to make it sit correctly. Don’t buy it – you won’t ever feel comfortable it it. Try on the next thing.
It’s a beautiful long line sleeveless jacket in wool. “I grabbed it because it was on sale and I DO really like it, but I won’t get to wear it for forever,” you say. Buying end of season is a great way to get a bargain. Check a street style site to see what they are wearing northern hemisphere way in the alternate season. If it’s still trending, buy it.
You aren’t smiling. I am not getting the sense that you LOVE it. Don’t buy it. Your wardrobe should be full of things you love.
You look great in that and you look happy! Do you have three other things at home that it will go with? In particular, do you have shoes that will work? Does it make sense within your wardrobe? Yes? Buy it!
Hmmm… it’s okay-ish but there’s something a little off about it. Oh, hang on here comes the sales assistant. She says, “not too many people can wear that colour, but you look radiant.” She hovers and eventually leaves. I ask, “do you love it?” “I am not sure,” you reply, “I didn’t at first but now, I think it might be quite lovely.” Don’t fall for the flattery! You have to love it.
You say, “It’s alright AND it’s really cheap. It’s half price.” Would you consider buying it full price or if you had gift voucher for the full price would you use it on that? If not, put it back. Don’t buy something JUST because it’s cheap.
(this particular store has a generous policy regarding how many clothes you are permitted in change rooms)
“I like these pants, but they are way too long,” you say. The pants sit beautifully and sing the praises of your butt. Buy them and get them taken up. Actually, if they are very good, buy a few pairs in different colours and get them taken up. Perfect pants don’t happen every day.
Let’s go purchase and find out the refund policy of the store. They have a loyalty card and email list? Sign yourself up.
Alright, now where to for lunch?