Lately, I’ve been traveling from here to there to conferences and work related events. You know what that means. Yup, shopping. Since I’m just a Style Princess, I invited my friend, Style Queen Arelis from My Pocketful of Thoughts to share some thoughts on how to shop like a fashionista. Check out what she says! ~ Brandi
If you’re a new fashionista, shopping can be a bit overwhelming. It’s like you’ve just interviewed for a new job…OH the pressure! Fear not because I have a few tips for you to keep the stress low. Overall, being a fashionista is about having fun and being YOU. Once you have that taken care of, you’re all cleared to hit the stores! Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
1. Buy QUALITY vs QUANTITY! When I was younger I would buy everything and anything because I was NEW to shopping. I found that my clothes would not last a few washes. They would either shrink or unravel. One time on vacation in New Orleans, my BRAND NEW tank top unraveled as we walked down the street from my hotel! My friend saw one of my straps falling off and I was fortunate not to flash anyone… Talk about earning my beads! I’m not saying to go and shop at the most expensive store you find but know that if you buy cheap clothes you may end up with a wardrobe malfunction. I’m just saying you’re warned.
2. Try on SEVERAL sizes at once! When you’re at the stores and you find the piece that speaks to you, grab several different sizes; the size you think you are, one size up, and one size down. The lovely ladies and gentlemen that were following you around the store asking you if you need help with anything will miraculously disappear once you want to try on a different size. If neither of the sizes fit your body well, LEAVE THEM!
3. Buy pieces that speak to YOU! Whether you’re looking for clothes or accessories, buying a piece that speaks to your soul will be the difference between you wearing it or not. I stalked this purse I found at one of my favorite designers online and when I went into the store one day I found that it was on sale. My friends talked me out of it because my boyfriend had bought it for me for Christmas, which I didn’t know at that moment. When he gave it to me on Christmas Eve, he said, “Here’s your Bea, Do you name all your purses?” Bea was the name of the style of the bag. It did speak to me though, it spoke to me so much and I back with it, that my boyfriend thought I had named it AND was having conversations with it.
4. FUN your outfit up. I’ve tailored this word for you so you won’t find it in the dictionary. FUN – to create the feeling of having fun with the accessories you use. You can find your jewelry, scarves, shoes and bags at your trendy, lower priced stores. You may have to sort through frequently to find gems but rest assured you’ll find some cute stuff for almost nothing. If you decide to keep your wardrobe on the classic side, meaning you can wear those pieces for ten years regardless of the fashion trend, then you want to FUN the outfit up with your accessories. These will change each season, so don’t spend a lot of money on accessories!
5. Remember to DONATE. At one point you may have been a fashionista but became overwhelmed with all the clothes in your closet and the hundreds of jewelry organizers. Am I right? If you’re not there yet, you may get there quick when you realize that so many pieces speak to you! Make it a point to see what you haven’t worn yet; if it means wearing only items that still have price tags on them. Once you wear something, you might find that you don’t like it so much, maybe its the way you have to constantly pull it back in place because it moves when you move. Don’t hold on to it, donate it. If it no longer fits, donate it. If those shoes, “my feet are throbbing and now I have a headache” HURT you, donate them! You can’t see what awesome outfits await if your closet is overfilled! I saw a great commercial the other day of a fellow fashionista that said for every new item she bought she gave one away. It’s a great way to see what is working in your wardrobe and to brighten someone else’s day when they find it next!
What tips would you share with a NEW Fashionista?