We all know the woes of shopping. You spend at least 30 minutes putting together a ridiculously cute outfit, only to have to spend another 10 minutes in the change room trying to take it all off to try on clothes. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to peel back your skinny jeans repeatedly over and over, when trying on different pairs of pants all day. Granted, it’s all you’re going to want to wear in the winter, but as the weather warms up, there are options to make your shopping experience a little easier.
Why am I randomly writing about this you may ask? I’m about to depart on an 8 day trip to London (tonight actually to be exact), where I’m hoping to get quite a bit of shopping done. I’ve been told that the TopShop there is intense compared to what we can get in North America, so shopping is pretty high on my list of things to do while in the UK. That being said, I’ve planned my outfits accordingly around my daily activities. So here are some of my tips and tricks for making your shopping experience a little bit more enjoyable.
First and foremost, wear comfortable shoes. A heavy day of shopping means lots of walking around. Your cute ballet flats aren’t going to cut it (unless they’re insoled the heck out for comfort). I always find myself reaching for sneaks, and luckily they’re also a popular choice for footwear right now so you won’t have to worry about not being on trend.
I’m also not a compulsive shopper and would almost always prefer to try things on before buying, so whenever I plan on being out shopping for the entire day, you’ll most likely find me in a dress. It’s easy to slip on and off, and makes it insanely simple to try on bottoms without having to take off the dress completely. Hike it up and you’re all set! If you’re not much of a dress-wearer, then I highly recommend either a skirt or pair of loose fitting bottoms with an elastic waist so that shedding your clothes is an easy task.
My last must-have is a crossbody bag. I honestly don’t understand how anyone can shop while their hands are full. Crossbody bags are fantastic for freeing up your hands to explore and also really helps to accessorize when you’re in the changing room to envision what a fully put together outfit could potentially look like.
And there you go! Three simple and easy tips to make your shopping experience a more enjoyable one. Do you have any that would be worthwhile adding to the list? Comment below and let me know!
Photography credits: Peter Tran