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3 Shopping Mistakes Everyone Makes

April 28, 2011

Well not everyone. And not everyone will consider these mistakes, but I’m just going for it.

1. Loyalty

Loyalty is generally considered a desirable quality, but when it comes to shopping, this isn’t always the case. Whether it’s a brand or a specific store, loyalty can sometimes hinder your ability to find the best stuff! If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m always down for a deal, so wherever I go (literally, wherever…I guarantee I could find something to wear at Home Depot) I am on the lookout for something cheap and chic.

norma kamali shirtdressDress from Walmart. Pic via Penny Chic

When people ask me where I get things I’m wearing, they are often surprised to hear Walmart, Kmart, or Goodwill. I’ve even gotten a few “eww”s over the years. This is the kind of mistake that leads to missed opportunities.

Today’s #1 lesson: step outside your shopping comfort zone. Don’t shun cheaper stores or different brands (or even different departments…men’s dept. anyone?). If you normally stick to Forever 21, step in Walmart and see what you can find. If you are all about thrifting and American Apparel, try stopping in an American Eagle. You never know what you’ll find – the fun is in the hunt. How it’s done (man, that sounds arrogant):

mix and matchA nice mix of brands…proving you don’t have to spend tons (under $60 for the outfit) to get an awesome look: Marc by Marc Jacobs tote – BookMarc store (a gift), Tuxedo Jacket – Goodwill, Floral Blouse – Carole Little, Chain necklaces – Target, Jeggings – American Eagle, Flats – Fred Flare (also a gift), Nail polish – Hard Candy in Sky from Walmart

me mix and matchI’m going to be honest here and say that I mostly just posted this picture to show off my fancy horse head/bust thing ^^. Oh, and the booties in this pic are from Payless

And one more thing. Whether you’re shopping at Target or Tibi, it’s all about how you mix it. Wearing one brand/designer isn’t creative and it doesn’t represent your personal style. Anyone can pull clothing off a mannequin. One of my favorite quotes to get you thinking: “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion…” – Lauren Hutton.

2. Always Shopping Alone

I used to think I did all my best shopping alone, but now I know that’s not true. The key is the perfect shopping partner. You want someone who knows your style, isn’t afraid to be honest, and balances out your typical shopping style.

My brother is my go-to shopping partner (as long as it’s a quick trip…he’s not into hanging out at H&M for 3 hours). I normally stick to basics and neutrals, but when he comes with me he suggests things I would never try on my own. Sometimes this results in horrible pictures outside the Goodwill dressing room, but other times it results in the perfect ensemble. If you generally scoop up crazy pieces that don’t go with anything in your closet, bring a more conservative friend along.

whitney port whiteShe should have shopped with a friend. This is only partially a joke.

3. Size Denial

Everyone knows you should try on before you buy. Right? But I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is not trying on more than one size. Sizes vary from brand to brand, so you may wear a size 8 in one store and a size 12 in another. Especially if you are someone who jumps from juniors to women’s clothing.

Size denial is the word I’m using to describe people (mostly girls/women in my experience) who refuse to try on another size because they don’t like the number. For example, they can’t stand the thought of being a size 10, so they continue to wear 8s even though they have obvious muffin top. News flash: NUMBERS DON’T MATTER. Going up a size may actually make you look thinner if the size you are wearing is too tight. I rarely go in the dressing room with less than two of one item, because my size depends on the cut/brand/fabric of that specific item (it may even be different for the same brand).

Just a note to prove my point: I currently have items in my closet (that I wear) ranging from a women’s small to a men’s xl….and I like to think they’re all pretty darn flattering :)

So that’s my two cents on shopping mistakes. I chose these three because they are mistakes I have made (or am still making!) Do you consider these mistakes or not?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2011 2:00 pm

    Agh, sad to say I have made all of these mistakes, but I’m glad you posted this! I am going to definitely try out some thrift stores since I’m surrounded by them in Berkeley!

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