Sneak peek into shopping like a #girlboss
Oh goodness, last week I got my little sneak peek into being a #girlboss, as I had my first experience with a personal shopper! I always imagine #girlbosses and #powerwomen to have a stylist or personal shopper. Who will make sure they’ll always look fabulous, even though they won’t have the time to go shopping elaborately themselves. As for me, I have always loved some parts of fashion, but it isn’t something that is at the top of mind in my daily life. I work in the infrastructure business, which means that clothing first and foremost needs to be comfortable, practical, neat, and according to safety standards (on those days I visit construction project sites). I do my best to look cute, but that isn’t my main priority. Therefore, with two big events in the Young Talent Award competition coming up, I was really grateful to get some help from a professional shopper. Curious to know how the shopping spree went? Make sure to read on!
What I’ve learned during my first personal shopping experience
- Shopping is overwhelming because there are so many options. I experienced some real choice dilemmas and the stress that comes with it. A way to deal with this during your preparation is to determine what kind of look you’re going for. I knew I wanted one look to involve a pencil skirt and the second to be a flowy dress. It will make it so much easier to filter the options.
- Don’t forget to drink and eat. I learned the hard way as I ended up at home exhausted, famished, and parched. My head was so painful and I was in bed by nine.
- Stretch your comfort zone, but go with your gut. I was open to trying out new things but always kept in touch with my gut feeling. If I wasn’t feeling an outfit or didn’t feel like myself, it just didn’t make the cut.
- Going shopping with a pro (who knows all the collections and knows all the staff) is pretty comfortable. If you’re looking for a specific thing, she (or he) will have options ready for you, because she knows them by heart. Also, it’s nice to have someone that can give compliments when something really suits you, but also honestly tells you when it’s not bringing out the best in you. My personal shopper was really sweet though as she told me that even a garbage bag would suit me (don’t let the boyfriend know that though, it’s important he thinks I NEED certain clothing hehe).
- Take time for a little breather and make decisions. Not only is that the perfect opportunity to have a drink and snack, it will also allow you to take some distance from the shopping madness. I realized I got sucked right into it and was actually considering to buy a €170 shirt, something I definitely wouldn’t normally do. It was the best green and white striped, leopard embroidered item ever, but still. By having a little time-out, I realized that I could find more affordable alternatives. Better learn how to say no in preparation of your styling session.
The verdict? I am way too stubborn to structurally have my styling done by a personal shopper. The way I dress is one of the ways I like to express myself. While I still have the time now I’d like to just style myself. However, it was a really nice experience I wouldn’t have missed!
So, what about you? Do you have exciting events coming up that need a power outfit? Would you consider hiring a personal shopper?