While shopping may be considered as a form of therapy, it can take the wrong turn and become a stressful situation – especially when you end up regretting what you just bought. Not only will you be wasting time, but you may be wasting your money, too. Here, we’ll cover some tips on how to avoid those shopping mishaps and keep your shopping well-being in check.
7 TIPS TO AVOID MAKING BAD SHOPPING DECISIONS
1. What you did: You just purchased a really cute dress from Ebay, and even though it said “one size only,” you still bought it anyway.
What to do: Purchase at big retailers.
Ebay is such a great marketplace to find inexpensive clothing. But, most Ebay retailers and small shops do not offer returns and exchanges. No matter how big or small your purchase may be, the regret feeling is the same in both situations. To prevent this from happening, make sure you shop at large retailers that offer returns. Even Style Icon HallieDaily believes that “if you don’t take tags off and don’t damage the clothes, it is easy to [get] a full refund.” So, if you decide to change your mind on that Rachel Zoe furry jacket, at least you’re able to return it and not be obligated to look like an abominable snowman everyday.
2. What you did: Your favourite colour is red, and you just spotted this really great cut out tank top in red! Must. buy. it.
What to do: Ask yourself consciously if you have a similar top and if you need it.
As you’re shopping, we’re pretty sure you’re naturally attracted to your favourite colour, style, etc. Instead of picking up the item immediately and going to the nearest mirror, stop for a second and think to yourself if you already have a similar item back at home. If you can answer a “maybe,” odds are that you most likely already have that item. You may just need to take it out from that corner of your closet, dust it off, and wear it out happily.
3. What you did: You went to the mall just to buy a pair of heels for work. But, you ended up with heels, a pleated skirt, and a handbag. Uh oh.
What to do: Plan it – with a pen and paper.
Seeing all those colours, textures, and signs when shopping can be overwhelming for your brain. So, instead of going for a pair of heels, it’s no surprise you end up with a brand new outfit with the heels. Style Icon, TheVagabond suggests, “noting down certain colours/palettes to watch out for [and] the certain colours that you’d like to add to your wardrobe.” Not only will jotting it down help you remember, but physically holding the list in front of you may actually help hold back your impulses, too. In addition, realistically writing what you think you will buy can help you debate whether or not you really need it when you’re at your shopping destination!
4. What you did: You and your friends decide to go shopping and you guys ended up at your favourite store. Naturally you know your size there and ended up snagging a few pieces – without trying them on.
What to do: Not only try it on in the fitting room, but walk out the fitting room with the clothes.
It’s normal to know your size at your favourite store, but this can get carried away when you start clicking quantities of 5 online. However, the luxury of shopping at the store is that you’re able to try clothes on. What would really help is not only trying the clothes on, but also try walking outside the fitting room to see how you feel. Usually, when we see something we really like no matter where you try it on, you’ll always want to wear it. See if you get that feeling once you step out the fitting room and into the public corridor. Walk in and out to see if you feel confident (even slightly is a good sign!) about what you’re wearing. If so, you know you’re not going to regret it once you have it in your closet.
5. What you did: After seeing your favourite blogger wearing a neon handbag, you get yourself a pair of neon leggings, neon headbands, and neon lipstick. But once you start wearing it, you realize the neon makes you look like a highlighter and instead of highlight your features.
What to do: Don’t indulge in trends, go for what’s really you.
While flowy midi skirts and onsie rompers are trending, figure out whether or not these types of looks are for you. Sometimes we see someone with a gorgeous outfit, but it may end up looking drab on yourself. Take it from Style Icon TurqouisePassion who says, “I try to avoid a look that’s too [seasonal] so [that] I don’t get tired of it quickly.” So, try not to indulge in what’s trending now, and if you’re not sure of what your style is – don’t go shopping online. Instead try a few outfits out at the store and see if you feel and look comfortable. If you end up looking and feeling strange, odds are that ‘trend’ is not for you.
6. What you did: You’re having a cruddy day at school, so after school you decide to hit up your favourite store. Before you know it, you ended up with five pieces of the same crew top.
What to do: When feeling bad, don’t go shopping mad.
Ah, lots of us are guilty for engaging in some shopping therapy when we’re feeling bad. But, don’t do it! Though most times it does make us feel better, it’s like feeding your brain a drug – as you buy more, you get an instant high! And as you’re ‘high,’ your brain is less likely to be on the conscious level on making decisions. So, if you are feeling cruddy, it’s better to go home, take photos of yourself in a rocking outfit, and have it uploaded here on Chictopia.com. It’s free and you won’t need to worry about having too many clothes!
7. What you did: You and your boyfriend don’t know what to do for the day, so dressed in sweats, you guys decide to go to the mall before the movies.
What to do: Dress your best!
When you’re dressed in sweats, you may not be looking your best. So naturally, you think you look absolutely dreadful as you see your blurred reflection against the store windows with those meticulously dressed mannequins peering through. It’s almost an ‘on switch’ for your brain to immediately buy clothes that look better than what you have on. It’s best to dress your best (or at least your near best) so the clothes from the boutique can’t even compare to your awesome outfit.
WHAT STYLE ICONS BOUGHT (AND REGRET)
While we see lots of designer brands and glittering clothes in the Style Gallery, ever wonder if those Chictopians regretted buying them? We’ve asked a few of our Style Icons to dish their regretful finds here!
*1. TurquoisePassion regret buying anything that I don’t love to death, so there’s a lot of regrets over the years. One example is a pair of gorgeous DVF brown boots bought on super sale that I’ve barely worn because it’s either too cold or too hot to wear them here. There is no Fall and they don’t look as cool with a pair of tights underneath."
2. Iris of IrisandDaniel “My heels I bought for prom were out of my usual budget (even if they were still on sale) and they didn’t have half sizes. I got a size that was tight at first but fixed the situation by going back and just getting a size up and shoe in-soles. They ended up fitting pretty well after that. I sort of regret them since I probably won’t wear them anymore, but they were for a special occassion (and they’re really pretty) so I guess it’s okay!”
3. AmandaBrohman “I think it must be a Sonia Rykiel dress I bought years ago and never worn because it’s not the perfect fit. I bought it online and didn’t return it just because it was Sonia Rykiel and I thought it was cool to own something by her. Now I’ve learned to never buy things just because it’s from a cool designer, [especially] if you’re not entirely sure you love it.”
3. Creepy_Stranger “My LV SS 2005 Cherry bag. It’s something I rarely use and can be difficult to match with my outfits.”
4. Paxie_Aiza “Hmm none so far. I don’t buy expensive things unless I super need it or it’s super worth it!”
Which “shopping disaster” did you relate to the most? Let us know in the comments!
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By Crystal (watermoolen)
Image via W Magazine September 2009