Unless you’re really into designer brands, you may tend to shy away from shopping in those oversized and somewhat overwhelming department stores. If you’re anything like me, a fashionista on a budget that doesn’t get to locked into brands, then you already know that sleeping on department stores are a big no-no!
Although I do follow brands, and love to rock them whenever the pocketbook allows, I don’t go shopping in search of designer duds only. I tend to mix and match designer brands with more budget friendly, trendy pieces to create a look. I spend the most money on shoes and purses, as I see them as an investment, and less money on actual clothing since I tend to recycle on a regular basis.
After countless shopping trips ending with empty hands and frustration, I decided to take the time to learn how to maximize my shopping experience in department stores:
1. Be Resourceful: Visit the website of the department store of your choice to peruse look books and create wish lists to help make your shopping experience less stressful prior to entering the store. Sign up for email blasts and weekly circulars/catalogs so that you can score coupons and other gifts/incentives!
2. Focus: Think of the department store as your one stop shop to invest in key pieces that can carry you through seasonal changes, and will stand the test of time. Basics are a great place to start. Look for basic pants, shoes and even blazers that can be mixed and matched back to some of the more trendier pieces that you currently own, or plan to acquire.
3. Strategy: Shop by brand if you happen to find yourself in a mega department store like Saks. If you happen to fall in love with a trendier piece, commit to keeping an eye on it as it is sure to go on sale! Shop clearance and sale racks before looking at items at regular price. Often times, you will find a great deal and walk away satisfied with your purchase and the price that you paid! Don’t forget to check the outlets while you are waiting on your current fave to go on sale!
Try not to get discouraged as you work to maximize your shopping experience in department stores. If you do the prep work prior to entering the store, you have already taken a major step toward making your experience a successful one.
Do you shop in department stores on a regular basis? Which of these tips do you plan on using for your next shopping experience?
Love & Blessings!