My retail career consisted of a one year stint in a women’s boutique when I was the ripe age of 16, and, more recently six months in one of my favorite shops at the age of 63 Yep, bit of a time span there.  I wanted to do it for a little while to understand the retail world today and shopping decisions of ladies our age.  However, what really amazed me was how many women go shopping looking their worst.  Hair in baseball caps, no makeup, and sloppy athletic wear…please don’t take this personally if you are one of these.  I was once.  But, now I have come to understand the advantages of looking nice when I go out shopping.

First of all, if I am going to try clothing on for myself, it will help my confidence level and I get a better idea of the pieces if I have makeup on and fix my hair.  It also gives me a more joyful, fun outlook for my shopping experience.  Like it or not, salespeople do treat customers differently when they are looking nice.  I also have had great conversations with other women while shopping when I looked approachable.  It is possible to be comfortable and dressed well at the same time.

A nice pair of jeans works just as well as floppy sweat pants and looks so much better; a comfortable pair of shoes is a necessity and I am a fan of some of the great sneakers on the market now.  I always wear a shirt which is easy on easy off for trying on clothes…make sure you take time to try them on…or time to return them later.  I get warm while shopping, so a light trench or long sleeved top is about all I will take even when it is cold.  For some reason, retail stores seem to pump up the heat…which I do not understand at all!



We are beginning that shopping time of year and I for one love to get out in the crowd and relish the whole experience.  But, it is more fun when we put our best foot forward.  I even like to step into the coffee shop and sit with a peppermint latte and soak it all in.  That’s right…it can be so much fun.  Don’t avoid it completely…enjoy! ( If you wonder what is in the big Dillards bag at the top, they had the pillows that match my comforter on 40% off, so I went and grabbed three).

What do you like to wear while shopping?  Do you see there might be advantage to fixing up a bit, or are you not convinced…let us know what you think?


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