What is your shopping style? Are you the type who enjoys visiting the boutique in person? Try things on, a size up and a size down? Get personal service, fussing over free alterations, try before you buy? Passionate about close up quality inspections, the feel and finish of the garment? Do you enjoy scouring rails to find the ‘one’ perfect piece? Do you dress up for the occasion and then meet a friend for a chat, tea and crumpets?
Or do you enjoy reclining on a tufted sofa, with a glass of vino, and a lap top? Endlessly checking out eBay? Or online stores? On-line always has the right size, (sort off) and the fit is clearly shown on some gorgeous teenage model, with implausibly thin waist and long legs. No need to change out of your pyjamas – style is just a mouse click away.
What’s your shopping style?
Most of us will be a mixture of the two types. Just checked inside my own wardrobe: most of my actual clothes were bought in person. Items like underwear, socks and leggings, were mostly ordered on line. Having said that I was familiar with the size and fabric before I ordered. Cashmere socks from Brora, organic cotton leggings from people tree. Vintage and second hand shops also abound, though shopping there takes time and patience.
That’s one of the perks of living in the heart of London, the shops are only a stone’s throw away from me. I have to be disciplined, temptation is always on my doorstep. I stopped dropping by ZARA and H&M a long time ago, (but still visit Top Shop boutique and uniqlo)
My shopping is pretty targeted and I try (and often fail) to follow a list. I check out the new collections at the start of the season and make notes. I have also made peace with my body shape and have a reasonable idea if the new silhouette is a realistic option, before I try it on. (Worth trying on though ladies, our personal style is a constant evolution!)
I replaced hours lost, endlessly on line browsing, with brushing up on my French (goodness a lot of brushing up is needed) using the Dualingo app. More yoga, more fashion research, (exhibitions anyone?) more clothes maintenance! I read a few blogs, for inspiration and entertainment, but no longer order clothes on line. They were so often a disappointment.
Nowadays there is a budget to work with and try things on in person. My wardrobe is much smaller but I am much happier with what I buy, can’t even remember the last time I returned anything I bought.
Handbags & shoes
I have been asked how to go about buying vintage and second hand clothes. In general I only ever buy things seen in person. I’ve never bought shoes on line, since it’s impossible to be sure of the fit.
Handbags are an easier option. At the very least you should have seen the style of the bag in real life and be familiar with size and quality. I am always amazed how anyone wants to spend a fortune and buy a vintage Hermes Kelly bag – without having ever seen one in real life. I mean how do they know they will even like it?
Observe and share your shopping style ladies… there will be a follow up post.
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Do you have a set time for online browsing? Do you search for specific items? What is your go to site? Do you ever consider second hand or prefer new? how long on average do you spend shopping per week?
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