Shopping for me is a love/hate relationship. Whenever I walk in the store for the first time, I immediately grab the shirts and jeans that look the best thinking that by the time I leave, I’ll look like a runway model in my new clothes. But as soon as I try them on in the changing room, I feel the tightness in my legs as I struggle to pull up the $20 jeans and practically suffocate trying to pull down that designer shirt. The mood changes and I go from a top model to a disgruntled client in less than a minute. Saying that, when I do plan a shopping trip, before I head out, I do look at a list of promo codes, so if I don’t find anything in store, I know that I can always revert back to my natural habitat and do some online shopping. You can’t go wrong with shopping online. You don’t really feel the pressure of shop assistance roaming around when your at home, which I like. How did we cope with online shopping!
I’m sure that most if not all of you, plus size ladies have experienced this kind of frustration when one too many clothes don’t fit at the store. It’s so easy to give up and swear off clothes shopping for the rest of your days after that, but before going to extremes, “keep calm and carry on shopping.” The first batch of clothes you grab aren’t the only clothes in the store and the more you try, the better your chances are at finding the perfect fit. It takes me at least four or five tries to find the clothes I’m looking for and while it is a struggle, nothing’s more satisfying than pulling that tank top I’ve been eyeing all the way down without feeling like I’m wearing a 16th century bodice.
Along with continuing to search for the best fit, it also helps to make a note of the old clothes you have hanging in your closet. What size jeans do you normally wear? Are your shirts usually an XL or a XXL? What about the brand name? If more than one of your outfits belong to a specific brand, chances are that the same label will not only have the clothes you like but will have the clothes that fit you. Shopping based on your previous wardrobe helps you save time and disappointment because you go in looking for the specific thing that you know is just right for you. Though it’s tempting to grab any shirt on an impulse (which I’m guilty of), it’s more effective to shop in the section that caters to your body type, plus size or straight, and by the end of the day, you’ll walk out with a fresh new set of clothes that you can’t wait to show off.
Now I want to hear from you! In the comments below, tell me what you think about shopping at department stores. Which stores are your favorite? What’s your favorite brand to wear and why?
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