Shopping! Just that word can create so much excitement, but what happens when it doesn’t? Shopping can be a very difficult thing and can spark a lot of anxiety in some people. What’s in style? What looks good on my body? What happens if I love something but it doesn’t fit? What if it’s too young for me? These are common things we hear every single day, and we’re here to help! Shopping should be a fun experience, not one that causes panic attacks.
Here are a few of our shopping guidelines to help ease your worries and get you enjoying the change room!
STOP SIZE SHOPPING
Women come in all shapes and sizes, and so does clothing. It would be so nice to walk into a shop and every single Medium that’s in the store fits. Sadly, that’s not the case. Sizing is not a universal thing. When a clothing line creates it’s sizes, it does so by hiring what’s called a “fit model,” (not fit as in fitness, fit as in fitting). This fit model is what they base their sizing on. So depending on that models body type the sizing could fit smaller or larger. Before you hit a fitting room take a look at the item you want to try on. Does it have stretch to it? Does it look small or big for it’s size? Don’t just go grabbing the size you believe you are. Grab an item to try on that looks like it fits your body; ignore the size and don’t ever be afraid to go a size up.
TAILORING IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
If something doesn’t fit, make it fit you! Have you ever tried something on in the fitting room and it was perfect except in that one spot? Do you have an item in your closet that is so perfect but you’ve lost some weight and it’s too big now but you just can’t seem to get rid of it? Try tailoring! It’s a very inexpensive way to make your clothes fit you perfectly! It’s difficult to grab something right off the rack that’s perfect in every single way, so alter it to make it perfect for you! Let that love last!
NO MORE GOALS
A huge mistake you can make is trying something on and it’s too small so you purchase it anyways as a “goal” item. Talk about putting pressure on yourself! That item of clothing will sit in your closet and every time you open it you’ll think “i have to hit that goal.” And what happens if you don’t hit it? You see that item and you start to have negative feelings for it and then you think “i spent all this money and now I can never wear it,” and you feel failure… whoa, too much! Purchase items that fit your body NOW.
KNOW YOUR INVENTORY
Look in your closet…
Do you have lots of similar items but no outfits? It’s because you’re shopping without knowing your inventory. Knowing what you have is the first step to creating a beautiful wardrobe that you love. Try digitizing it! Check out Netrobe, you can thank us later!
ANYTHING BUT BASIC
Let’s say it together: Basics are my best friend! A basic tee, perfect fitting jeans, and ankle boot… these are all things that are classic items. Depending on how you accessorize them they can also be transformed again and again. We recommend any of the Emma’s Closet tee’s and tanks; super soft and the perfect fitting basic!
ASK FOR HELP!
Still confused and feeling anxious? Ask for help! Come right on into Frakas and let us know how we can help you. Feel free to bring in the item you’re trying to create an outfit with, or just come right on out and say “I have no idea what looks good on me.” We are always here to help and bonus, you can leave the boutique armed with tons of knowledge about dressing for your body.