Urban Woman: Guide to a Stylish, Savvy Shopping at Promod12/13/2010Shen Gee
Ask questions like "What's your reason for shopping?", "What do you need?".. Something to that effect. Having an idea on what you want to purchase will narrow down the crazy moment while looking for those fabulous deals.
Style in mind
Although majority of us do not resemble the models on the magazines, that doesn't mean that we can't wear similar clothes as they do. We just need to know what fits our body. Don't underestimate yourself and try on different sizes. You might surprise yourself that you fit in a smaller size already. I thought that I was a medium in one pair of leggings I wore but when the sale's lady told me that they only had extra small, I summon the courage to try it... guess what? I could fit in it!!
Does it fit?
And that is to give you an idea on what the brand represents. Promod is all about French high street fashion and since I've been thinking of something out of box for once when it comes to my outfit decisions, I looked at the display on how I can make the display work at my advantage. Although most window display are too much for our Filipino style culture, it gave me a lot of things to pick out from the racks.
If I take a lot of time picking out my cosmetics, why not on the clothes I wear? Especially if I want my personality to resonate it. What I like about Promod is how accommodating the employees are. I was moving from rack to rack and they were very understanding. With the number of items that a store has, I wanted to make sure that I saw everything before I purchase it.
Looking at the sale rack is the best place to start with your style savvy shopping. If I remember correctly Ms. Mich Dulce saw the blazer she gave for me on the style rack. And if you don't like anything you see there, at least you've scratched that off your rack list.
To stick to your budget, you must always check the price of the outfit you want. If it's too expensive then maybe you can purchase it when it goes on sale. The important thing is you stick to the money you have set aside for the shopping expedition. Never go beyond it.
But like I said in my post on Your First Makeup Kit, save up for the item if you really want it. Don't settle on mediocre just because you currently don't have money for it. Ask the sales associate how long they can reserve the item for you or if they can contact you if a similar outfit arrives at the store.
What I love about the mobile phones now is that it has a calculator in it. I would compute the entire stuff I want to buy inside the fitting room and omit some outfits if it goes way over my budget. And if I don't have my phone, I would ask the store for a calculator. It may be a bit of an embarrassment but what's more embarrassing is if I omit a few of those clothes when I'm about to pay at the cashier.
Sometimes, that perfect outfit will just appear when you’re about to give up finding those that fits in your budget. I’m an attestation to that. I would always (always!) find the perfect shirt or dress just when I’m about to throw my hands up and walk out the store.
Being on budget may put a damper on your shopping experience but it’s not a reason not to enjoy every minute that you spend in the store. Fit the clothes you don’t usually wear, try on different styles, imagine you as a model and just let yourself go. We always have a budget for everything that we do; we might always have fun as we go through all of it, right?
Congratulations on your new clothes!!
Now all you have to do is wear them and wear them with confidence… there is nothing that would ultimately make you look good than how you feel about yourself! Stop feeling conscious and appreciate your body. You are your own fan! Celebrate yourself and celebrate on how you were able to get the things you want without bankrupting yourself!
Now, that is what I call stylish and savvy shopping. Don’t you think so, too?
Special thanks to my dear friend, K, for taking all my photos!