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7 tips to dress for clothes shopping

#styleover40 woman in winter outwear
#fashionover50 mature woman in casual polished weekend look suitable for clothes shopping at the mall
GNW cashmere turtleneck sweater with Loft boot-cut jeans, statement belt, booties (all own) and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source

Shopping to update the wardrobe for spring

March marks the onset of spring, time to remove all those layers and crawl out of the warmth of the house. While temperatures are still below the freezing point, it is already warm enough to give in on the lust for browsing the malls or in Europe the store windows for the newest spring trends.

If the goal is to go beyond browsing, but updating the wardrobe with a spring trend, it is important to have an outfit that can be quickly removed to try the pieces out. Fitting rooms are always a nightmare. In Germany, they are typically not larger than a toilet stall> Here in the US, they are typically three times that size, but all the hooks on the walls are full of the last gal’s rejects and/or misfitting clothes.

#over50fashion mature woman in casual clothes for shopping
Graham and Spencer winter white leather motorcycle jacket over cashmere turtleneck sweater, Loft boot-cut jeans with booties (all own) and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source

What to wear for clothes shopping

Here are seven tips what to wear to make your shopping trip a fun and successful one.

  1. Before you hit the stores think about what you are looking for and dress accordingly. For instance, when you shop for a skirt, pants or a top wearing a dress is not helpful. You can’t assess how the new pants/skirt looks with a typical top of your wardrobe or the top looks like when worn with your typical bottoms. When shopping for pants keep in mind the heel height of the shoes that you plan to wear with them. Have them in your shopping bag if they are too high for the shopping trip.
  2. Speaking of shoes – wear comfy well broken-in shoes. You don’t want blisters on your blisters at the end of the day. The shoes should also be easy to slip on and off. Recall you hate to wait for ever in line to get into the fitting room. Lacing up boots or shoes just takes too much time. The next gal is already waiting!
  3. Don’t wear anything tight as dressing rooms are small.
  4. When you go to a flea market, make sure that you wear items under which or over which you can try things on. For instance, a wide skirt with a T-shirt allows you to try on pants underneath the skirt, and shirts, jackets, or sweaters over the T-shirt.
  5. Only wear a dress when you are shopping for a jacket to go with that dress or when you are shopping for another dress.
  6. Have your cell phone as your most important accessory on that day. Take photos with your cell phone as mirrors lie! Ask a friend or sales person to take photos from the back and side. Who on Earth would only see you from the front?
  7. And now just a shopping tip: Also try out typical movements that you will do in the new clothes. When I buy a new dress for Argentine tango dancing, I make typical steps outside. When people start starring I just explain why I do it and they understand. When, for instance, you want to buy a pencil skirt for work, sit down. If it rides up, it will be too tight.
#fashionover40  leather motorcycle jacket
Zoom-in on Graham and Spencer winter white leather motorcycle jacket over green cashmere turtleneck sweater (all own) with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source


The outfit shown in this post would be suitable for buying new winter pants or jeans. It would be too complicated with the layering on top (turtleneck sweater plus leather jacket) when you were looking for tops. Peeling off two items is too much. The booties have a zipper, i.e. are easy to get on and off. They have my typical heel height. Since I do my sport on heels – I am a ballroom dancer – running around the mall in these booties is no problem.

#styleover50 mature woman in winter outwear
LeatherCoatsEtc. red pea-coat with pom-pom hat, Loft jeans, gloves, and booties for a warm casual outerwear when shopping in winter

Lucky you, when you live in a climate where the above motorcycle jacket would be enough to stay warm. Shopping in winter for spring or summer is always a hassle in cold climate regions because of the bulky coats. I wish they had lockers at the mall to put the coat in while shopping. Anyhow. Better having to deal with the bulky coat than having to shop the hunt because of feeling cold 😉 . In the photo below, I am wearing my pea-coat that allows to move fast. To keep my head warm, I opted for a pom-pom hat. It can stay on in the fitting room 🙂 .

What do you wear when you go clothes shopping?

The next Dress for Success goes up next Wednesday. You can find other posts of this series in the High Latitude Style archive in the series section. You can get an email subscription to High Latitude Style to never miss a post.

Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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