When I go shopping I’m always on the lookout for a hidden gem. It doesn’t matter if I’m walking into a thrift store or fast-fashion store, if I’m going to purchase something, I want it to be special. I have plenty things other ladies (and bloggers!) own, but if I’m going to buy it and wear it, it needs to be able to assimilate in my wardrobe and not look like it was purchased on a whim (even if it was).
So how do I do it?
At the store I:
1. sort through the racks. If I’m in a thrift store, I search through all the pieces one-by-one. If I’m in a fast-fashion store, I search a little faster, but I try to be as thorough as possible.
2. pull out the things that look interesting or have potential. I often end up choosing many more things than I’ll end up trying on, but if it has potential, I want to snag it just in case.
3. give it a shot, even if it’s not my style. I know my style and usually stick to it, but if I find something that strikes my fancy, I’m not going to write it off, just because it might not be my thing.
4. sort through my pile after I’ve scoured the racks. I can usually talk myself out of a few things because I have something similar at home. If I’m unsure, it comes to the dressing room with me.
5. try on everything, coats included. I’ll make two piles in my dressing room, “no” and “yes.” Once I’ve gone through the entire pile, I re-try on the “yes” pile, further editing those down.
6. think of at least three different outfits I can make with each piece. If I can do that, it is more likely to become mine. If I can’t I leave it behind (returning it to the appropriate rack, of course).
Once home, with my new purchases, I:
7. start playing visual dress-up with the item. I lay it out with other pieces from my closet, things I wouldn’t usually pair together, to see what looks good. I try to pair with other things that weren’t in the three-outfit rule.
8. think outside the box. Just because I purchased a dress doesn’t mean it can’t be worn under a skirt or with jeans. I try to force everything to have multiple purposes.
9. edit the details. If it has an attached belt or plastic buttons, I’ll remove, update or change those, giving the piece a different look and feel. Sometimes something as simple as removing the loops for a belt or changing buttons can make a huge difference.
10. wear it with confidence. It’s easy to go into a store, buy an outfit off a mannequin and know you look good. But that’s not my purpose. I want to buy something that is special to me, even if tons of other people have it. I make sure that I am comfortable and happy with my new purchase, and I wear it proudly.
Do you have ways to find something special when you go shopping?