Mistakes young people make while shopping
This is one of my favorite subjects. It happens to me so often that I see young girls shopping or on the street and I think, “What were you thinking?". This is not meant to be abusive or mean and I would like to help, as it is a part of my profession. I'm simply sharing my experience in hope that it encourages others. Therefore, I have a few tips and tricks.
When I was young (or younger), I made the same mistakes. My clothes did not necessarily flatter me, nor did they appear to be of particularly high quality. As I got older and wiser, I stopped making such wasteful retail fails such as, buying pieces that were obviously one size too small, hoping that I will somehow fit into them one day! What was I thinking? That I would automatically look thinner, if my clothes were smaller? No!
If your clothes are too tight, you accentuate the body flaws that you are actually trying to hide and that can make you look bigger than you actually are.
Another mistake is wearing too much of everything. And not in an Iris Apfel good way.
I mean, jewelry, glitter, colors and logos, it is just too much. The more "clutter" you are wearing, the more difficult it is to get an overall picture of your style.
Here is the question. Which girl looks more natural and approachable?
The girl with an oversized blouse, great fitting jeans and neutral colors or the girl with very tight jeans, bright neon colors and an ill-fitting top?
Of course, you’re probably going to go with the first girl. An oversized piece can be flattering, comfortable and nothing is squeezing out of places it shouldn't be. Highlight your favorite assets.
I’m not saying you have to be boring. You can upgrade your outfit with discreet accessories. This brings me to the next point: cheap and large accessories. Statement pieces, which look high-quality, exist for little money, you just need to know how. Match your jewelry to the color of your outfit and stay away from too much sparkles or rhinestones.
I thought about why so many young women wear the wrong clothes. I think it is part of the development of every young girl to build up self-confidence. For most girls or young women it is important to belong, whether it is friendship or love. I remember the desire to belong too well. This is the craving for attention that we all have. As we mature, we realize that there is positive and negative attention and they’re not the same.
Shopping fails happen to everyone, but as you get older, you get more comfortable in your own skin and know what suits you. The experience is there. You stop buying the wrong look or smaller sizes in an attempt to fit in and become much more confident in your own look.
Here are a few dos and don'ts to follow to make sure you don't make any retail fails:
- less is more
- neutral colors are positive
- clean clothes top quality
- no cheap accessories
- no too tight clothing
- and last but not least, decently applied makeup, too much can look cheap.
I can say from experience that something shifted in me when I turned 25. I pay more attention to high-quality garments. I am more self-assured than before and don’t feel the need to belong to a certain group. I want to feel good and be sexy, but not with ill-fitting, super tight, cheap clothes.
Personality is manifested by its own style. This takes time and most people aren’t born with it. This is enough to think about for now. Everything else comes with experience. Mistakes happen, but one thing is for sure, they become less with time.