The Shopping Mistakes You're Probably Making and How to Avoid Them

Shopping can be an arduous, stressful process but it doesn't have to be and it shouldn't be! I'm always shocked when someone says to me that they hate shopping. How can that be?! It's one of my favorite activities. But then they tell me why. And I realize.. Oh! I'd hate shopping too if I were you. But I'm here to help turn around the shopping process for you and bring it back to being fun. 

 Photo: Teresa Earnest Photography, taken at Indigo + Cotton

Photo: Teresa Earnest Photography, taken at Indigo + Cotton

1. BUDGET: Step one is to have a budget in mind before you go and don't under any circumstances go over it! Literally just stop right when (or preferably right before) you hit that budget. If you go over you'll end up regretting what you bought and feeling crummy all over again.

2. SHOP FOR SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR: This all starts with a wardrobe review. Check out what you have already in your closet and what are some common colors. Use this knowledge as a reference guide when you're shopping so that you don't end up with a piece that is totally different from what you have. You may love that yellow fringe skirt but do you have anything in your closet that will work with it? You don't want to end up with a piece that doesn't fit your style. You'll just end up leaving it in your closet with resentment.

3. TRUST YOUR INSTINCT: If you love it, buy it! If you try something on and absolutely love it, don't walk away from it. As long as you've followed step 2, you'll end up thinking about that one item for the next week with a ton of regret. Similarly: if you don't love it, walk away (even if it's on SALE!) Don't buy something just because it's a bargain!

5. READ THE CARE INSTRUCTIONS: If you never make it to the dry cleaner and the sweater you just tried on is dry clean only, don't buy it! You and I both know you can't throw it in the washer and hope it will work. You'll end up ruining your clothes when you should have just gotten something with easier care instructions.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST....

6. DON'T STRESS ABOUT SIZE: This is a tricky one. There is a lot of research on the psychology of sizing but if you can, try not to stress out about what size you're wearing. Don't buy something a size too small thinking you'll go on that juice cleanse next week and don't buy something a size too big thinking it's hiding something you're self conscious of. Often what happens when you're "hiding" something is that you end up looking bigger than you are because your clothes are too baggy. When you buy something a size too small, you will be punishing yourself (for no reason!) each time you aren't able to fit into it. Be kind to yourself!! I'm often a different size in different stores and I try my hardest NOT to look or think too much into that number. Judge the clothes based on how they fit.

If this is advice you can relate to, pass it on! Share it with your friends that you've been shopping with or leave a comment with some of your shopping experiences.