Back-to-School Shopping Guidelines
Posted by Casey Nicole on July 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM
I know it’s a heat wave out there right now, and summer is in full effect; however, I can’t help but start getting excited for fall fashion. Even if you’re not heading back to school, the close of summer is the perfect time to snag up deals for the coming season. If you’re like me, the endless options once you hit the mall can be overwhelming. To get the most bang for your buck, just follow our back-to-school shopping guidelines!
Prepare and Plan
Before you head to the mall, take a moment to examine your closet and decide on your needs. Then, write a list of the items you need most and set a budget. Most importantly, stick to your list! You’re going to be shopping at stores with tons of cute clothes and without even thinking of it, you’ll start grabbing random, trendy items left and right. There’s only so much you can do with a bevy of bright crop tops, so follow your list and allow for just one unplanned purchase.
Wear the Right Stuff
Resist the urge to go all glam when you’re on a serious shopping trip. You’ll want to wear comfortable separates that are easy to take off and put back on. I suggest a pair of shorts or jeans with sandals that slide on, and a t-shirt with a cami underneath. Stick to simple, light-colored underwear as well. Do your makeup since you will be checking yourself out in the mirror all day, but keep it light and natural so you won’t leave any smudges on clothes.
Try on Several Sizes
Even if you know your size, bringing in more than one size into the fitting room is always a great idea. Sometimes sizing is inconsistent between stores and brands. Plus, some tops actually look better in a size larger if you’re going for the casual look.
Get a Feel for the Fabric
Don’t purchase something without at least testing out the fabric. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to make sure that the fabric isn’t irritating or abrasive in any way. This is especially important for fabrics with sequined or beaded details. Just trying on the item should be good enough to check how it feels against your skin, and if it is at all irritating then don’t waste your money. You know you won't wear it if it doesn't make you feel good!
Be Picky of your Companions
If you’re easily swayed by the opinions of others, then it might not be the best idea to shop with your roomie. Shopping alone is actually a great idea, because you won’t be persuaded into purchasing unnecessary stuff, can take as long as you want, and just visit the stores you like. If you don’t want to shop solo, bring along a trusted friend or sibling whose opinion you can count on. My sister and I are perfect shopping partners, because we aren’t afraid to be honest if an outfit just doesn’t cut it, plus, we help keep each other’s spending in check. Well, for the most part at least!
Shop for Your Lifestyle
While it would be fun to run around town in couture and avant-garde pieces all day, it’s definitely not the most practical. You need a wardrobe that is functional for your everyday life. When picking out an item, consider how often you’ll actually be able to wear it. Because, even though you may love them, leopard print stilettos just aren’t going to work in everyone’s wardrobe.
Don’t buy something unless you LOVE it. How much of our closet space is wasted on tops and pants that we “like okay,” but they fit somewhat awkwardly or aren’t completely comfortable? If you’re trying to find the perfect jeans, boots, or little black dress that you’ll wear time after time, you’ll probably be looking for a while. Once you find them though, don’t be afraid to invest a little extra money because they will be a lasting staple piece in your wardrobe.
How do you stay on track when shopping? Share your advice in the comments!