Tips to keep in mind when you go shopping for clothing

If you need some help shopping for clothes but can’t afford to hire a personal shopper or consultant, the following tips may help you be more effective with your shopping trips.

Shop with focus.  When you seriously go shopping (not time-killing perusal shopping), the first thing you need to do is focus on this as your singular task.  Set aside the time like you would any other task.
Load up the dressing room before you go in. The entire floor should be covered before you head in. There is no charge to try on clothing and it’s a heck of a lot easier to have it all in one place vs. having to get dressed and go back out on the floor to hunt for more.
Bring the size you think you are and one size smaller and/or larger. It’s the unfortunate part of the way fashion works, there is no sizing standardization. If you’re unfamiliar with how a brand fits you, always bring in a few sizes. While it may be frustrating, it’s even more frustrating if you don’t bring in alternative sizes and then  have to either go out to get another size or to find a salesperson who will actually help you.

Don’t be afraid of looking foolish with armfuls of clothing. If you saw me while pre-shopping for myself or my family, you’d see me with armfuls of clothing along with frequent trips to my salesperson to unload so I can go back for more. I think one of the reasons women don’t load up their arms with options is for fear of looking ridiculous or silly carrying around that much.  However, whose the foolish one; the person who loads up their arm with options or the person who brings their scant bunch of options into the dressing room only to find nothing that works?



Enlist the help of a salesperson. While it may be incredibly difficult to get someone to actually assist you, because of this, few customers even ask for help any longer.  However, there is no harm in asking. I enlist the help of a salesperson and give them clear direction on how I want them to be of assistance.  The first thing I tell them is that I will be hanging the rejects outside the door and ask them if they wouldn’t mind coming around to take those things away and to check in if I need any help. By hanging items outside the door it forces them to come around and check on me.

I hope you enjoyed my today’s blog post. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous weekend.

Len Parent

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” —Alicia Keys

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  1. December 7, 2018 / 9:44 PM

    Your outfits in this post are so beautiful!! These are all great tips. Your shopping strategy is definitely working for you. 🙂

    xx Jenifer

  2. December 8, 2018 / 6:59 AM

    I LOVE these tips for clothes shopping! Oh man, if you lose focus, you can end up spending so much more than you expected! I hate how sizing differs between different brands. I am notorious for trying out two sizes. Hey, nothing wrong with having an armful of clothes. It means you’re having fun ;)/ Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥

  3. December 8, 2018 / 3:02 PM

    I love this post, so many great suggestions! Your style is awesome, I’m loving the blue stripey dress, so pretty! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day <3 xxx

    Bexa |

  4. December 8, 2018 / 11:42 PM

    Great tips and too true it is better to load up and have it all in the dressing room b/c chances once you are dressed and out of the room you will not go back. And love that leopard print coat in the first look. I saw one similar to this in Anna Taylor and almost bought it.

    Allie of

  5. December 9, 2018 / 3:57 AM

    I am always embarrassed to load full arm clothes and I ended up to wait for sales checking on me. Now this post just remind me that I should be more cautions with my own time. Love all the look here especially the third look. Such a brilliant way to play with patterns and color mix. Definitely an inspiring look.



  6. December 9, 2018 / 3:57 AM

    I am always embarrassed to load full arm clothes and I ended up to wait for sales checking on me. Now this post just remind me that I should be more cautions with my own time. Love all the look here especially the third look. Such a brilliant way to play with patterns and color mix. Definitely an inspiring look.


  7. December 9, 2018 / 5:54 PM

    awesome, Amazing, Great —- so many words for this informative post. and You look so stunning. Love Love Love


  8. December 9, 2018 / 11:55 PM

    I must say that I totally love all your outfits in this post. I’ve been thinking of getting the pink coat for myself. Your shopping tips are very clever, however in many shops in Sydney the number of items you can take with you into the dressing room is limited so we do have to go back for more

  9. December 10, 2018 / 5:20 PM

    These tips for shopping are so helpful! I need to get better at loading up the dressing room beforehand since I usually don’t like to carry too many items at once. I am in love with all of these outfits too!

    x Kara |

  10. December 10, 2018 / 10:23 PM

    Wonderful tips Len. I always like having an idea of what I’m looking for before heading to the mall. That way I feel like my trip to the mall is always a success.
    Happy Holidays!

  11. December 10, 2018 / 10:52 PM

    These are such great tips, Len! I am the worst about bringing multiple sizes into the fitting room and am the person who inevitably makes five trips back and forth until I find the right size. I will definitely keep these tips in mind next time I’m shopping!

  12. December 11, 2018 / 3:52 AM

    I always thought I was the only person who went into a dressing room with a mountain of clothing haha. I’m glad I’m not!
    The Style Intermission

  13. December 11, 2018 / 6:05 AM

    Wow, you really spoil us Len – all these awesome shopping tips alongside some fabulous outfits! Tips first, I especially like the first one about shopping with purpose. During the festive season, it’s so easy to be sucked in with all the shops are throwing at us that unless you have a fixed idea of what you want, you’ll get stressed in ze shops!
    It’s hard for me to choose a fav look here- loving the floaty dress and glitter boots, the pink and blue pinstripes, the clash of leopard and stripes.
    All hail Queen Len! Xx

  14. December 11, 2018 / 9:24 AM

    As always very stylish <3

  15. Gabrielle
    December 11, 2018 / 1:18 PM

    Fabulous tips and oh my GOSH I’m so in love with your nude Chanel beauty – what a gorgeous piece to have in your accessory collection! x

  16. December 12, 2018 / 3:28 AM

    These are all sooo fab dear. My fave has gotta be the 3rd outfit. Blue and pink always looks amazing on you!

    Jessica |

  17. December 12, 2018 / 7:17 PM

    Great advice, Len! I agree with all! I too have an arm full of clothes to avoid having to go back and forth between dressing room and store. My dressing is soooo stacked with clothes. Lol. Having a sales person on stand by is great too because it cuts down on time. 🙂 You look fabulous in all your looks!

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