9 Shopping Tips For Shopping Like an Adult

For those who don’t know what “Adulting” is, here’s UD’s definition:


In addition to the job you’re supposed to be holding, you should also be dressed appropriately; but that’s not always an easy task. Building a wardrobe that’s both professional  and adult-like takes time, so I’ve compiled 9 tips that I use when I shop to hopefully help anyone who needs some advice!

  • Find your go-to stores for certain categories of items:
    • Depending on your budget, you should be able to pin point what stores are your favourites and what categories of clothing items you can get where. For example, if you’re on a budget H&M actually has a really great business/professional section. Another example being that the only brand of jeans I wear are Express jeans, so that’s the only place I head to when in search of a new pair.
  • Prioritize, plan and conquer:

    • That really on trend velvet top is perfect and I feel like I need it in my wardrobe, but I have NOTHING to wear with it. Sound familiar? This is where you have to have a list for each shopping trip. Whether it be getting 2 full work outfits, or a proper pair of pumps, having a prioritized list of what you’re looking for while out and about will keep you on track and keep you from buying unnecessary items.
  •  Does it go with at least 2 items you already own?

    For those who know me, this is dead on. Can’t go wrong with black!

    • Building a wardrobe is hard, so don’t make it harder on yourself by buying items that only match with one thing you own. Buy neutral colours so items will always match no matter what the pieces are. Having a wardrobe that works together is ideal for getting dressed quickly for those running late
      mornings, and for having a wide variety of outfits with just a handful of items. This doesn’t mean you can’t rock a statement top or pair of pants every so often, it just means your closet shouldn’t be filled with crazy patterns and colours that won’t go together, EVER.
  • Know your size at every store you shop at so you can skip fighting crowds:
    • This is by far my favourite tip. I like to shop, but quite honestly I’d much rather online shop over anything. Shopping can just be so exhausting, time consuming and frustrating! And I really hate fighting crowds or having to deal with salespeople in general when I shop. What I’ve done is take note of what size I wear in tops and bottoms at each store I shop at, and I order online! I don’t rely on this method for shoes though, they differ too much by brand and style to really get a good fit.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-6-23-17-pm
  • Know when stores are having sales: 
    • Stores frequently have bi-yearly or quarterly sales, so take advantage of those! And don’t be scared to ask a salesperson when they hold their sales, they’ll just think you’re a professional shopper. Shopping online is also a great way to save money, because if you sign up/register with each store that you shop at, they’ll most likely send you emails when they’re having online sales and you’ll also get emails about in store sales. Additionally, it gives you flexibility to shop at midnight in your pjs while Netflix binging if that’s your thing (totally how I shop).
  • Decide what items you want to invest in:
    • $99 Leather Jacket, yeah I’ll splurge on that. $75 White Tee, not so much. I’m certainly more than thrilled when I can buy items for a relatively inexpensive price, but I also know when to spend real money on items that will last you forever. I personally like to spend money on jackets/work blouses/outerwear and shoes. Whereas casual t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, casual dresses and leggings I would rather buy cheaper and replace when need be.
  • Trends come and go, so don’t shop by them
    • Yeah, there are some trends that are pretty cool, but don’t spend money on a wardrobe that is geared towards being on trend for that year. Eventually the trends will change and your used to be “fashionable” outfit, now makes you look outdated. Shop for pieces that you know will never be out of fashion and will always seem timeless. To stay with trends buy the accessories to alter your outfit. Add a $10 choker or a super cute fedora to your outfit for a trend twist.. See what I’m saying?
  • If you aren’t in love with it, don’t even consider buying it
    • This may seem pretty straight forward, however I know how easy it can be to talk yourself into buying a piece of clothing that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone and then never wear it. Make sure with what you’re buying, whether it be a new style to you or one you’re used to, that you feel comfortable in it. Don’t buy clothes that make you feel self conscious in the dressing room, you’ll never wear it.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-6-28-11-pm
  • Have fun with your style!
    • This is probably the most important tip. Don’t be scared to try new things, and don’t let other people dictate what you think you should and shouldn’t wear. Try new styles that you’ve been wanting to try but be comfortable rocking it. Fashion is a way to express yourself, so whether you have an all black wardrobe with like 3 white shirts (AKA me), or you have a different colour for every day of the week, you do you boo boo.

Those are my favourite tips to live by, and I frequently have to remind myself of the above when I’m online shopping. It’s SO EASY to get carried away and add all sorts of things to your cart that you “think you’ll wear for that one occasion that hasn’t come up yet” but in hindsight you may never get use out of whatever you buy.

I hope these tips helped not only those who are trying to “adult” like myself, but anyone who loves to shop too!






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