A Guide to Shopping With Girlfriends
I love to shop.
Though I love shopping alone (I feel like I focus more and make fewer impulse purchases) I really, really enjoy shopping with girlfriends. Good girlfriends are totally fun to shop with, help to build your confidence, but aren't afraid to tell you when a certain dress or look "isn't as flattering as the first one you tried." That, in my opinion, is friendship.
Last week was BlogHer in San Diego and Sears Style had reached out to me and asked if I was interested in hosting a fun shopping trip with two very fashionable, very fun bloggers of my choosing! I of course reached out to my very fashionable friends - Ellen and Jennifer - who I knew would have a blast shopping with us.
Our mission was to choose an outfit each to wear to the Cheap Sally Dance Party that night - hosted in part by Lifetime Moms. I'll admit that Sears had not exactly been at the front of my mind when I thought of a place to find a great outfit for the evening - but I was incredibly surprised! The idea was to buy just one outfit...but I personally came home with two dresses and the hottest pair of shoes on the planet (from the new Kardashian Collection, no less).
(Side note: Why is it that I seem unable to smile like a normal person? There are so many photos from this shopping trip where I am making a ridiculous face or posing in a strange way. I am a ham. A camera hog. Oh well, admitting you have a problem is the first step, I suppose.)
Shopping with girlfriends, as fun as it seems, requires a couple of pointers in order for you to come out with the desired outcome (for me, something to wear to the dance party) within the desired budget (for me, $100). So, I'm taking what I learned from this experience and dropping some knowledge on ya. Get ready, cause here it comes:
When Shopping With Girlfriends
1. Set a budget so that you don't cave to peer pressure. It was easy to get carried away with all of the shoes, accessories, and great clothes - I found myself over $100 with two dresses, a bracelet, and a pair of shoes from the new Kardashian Collection. I had no intention to buy shoes, but I caved under the peer pressure of "oh those look HOT" and bought the shoes (they cost more than both of my dresses, combined. It was worth it.) So yes, I broke my own rule here. Lesson learned.
2. Step out of your comfort zone. I tried on a several dresses just for fun that ended up getting oohs and aahs from Ellen and Jennifer, one of which I ended up purchasing and wearing to the party that night. If they hadn't encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone I would have probably never even tried this dress on!
3. Be honest with your friends, in a polite way. Just as you want honest feedback on what you're wearing and trying on, your friends are looking to you for the same advice. Just be sure you dole out any advice politely. Jennifer was the queen of this - when I tried on a dress that looked sexy from the front, I turned to do a booty check and realized it wasn't nearly as hot in the back. When I asked Jennifer's opinion, she said to me "It's not as flattering in the back as it could be - I like the first one better". She affirmed what I already knew, without hurting my feelings.
4. Know your own style. It is easy, when shopping with friends, to get carried away in styles that they like and that they look good in. Knowing your own body type and style can help you to avoid a fashion faux pas. I know that I have a very classic approach to fashion, so I stuck to very classic cuts and clean lines. The dress I chose for the party was daring in it's own right - with a bit of ruching in the front and in a fun, sexy print, but it still stayed true to my personal fashion sense.
So there you have it. We had so much fun laughing and shopping together. We went home 3 very happy ladies, and we definitely took the party by storm that evening. (I even had people taking photos of my shoes!) I'd love to hear your tips for shopping with friends - leave them in the comments!
All photos by Sandy Jenny.