Can I make a confession?
I don’t love clothes shopping.
Spending more than I need to wandering around the shops is not something I particularly enjoy.
But I do love having a Chainstore Capsule closet. I love being well organised, stocked with clothes that I know suit me, fit well and I can create an outfit for any occasion.
I like to shop with a purpose. I like to find what I need and head home, or to the nearest coffee shop.
I’m in and out like a style-ninja!
I have an ultimate shopping routine down to a fine art.
Today, I’m going to share with you an important element of a successful clothes shopping mission, your shopping outfit.
You might not think your outfit makes any difference to your mission, no?
Oh, but it does.
The worst shopping trip I can remember was when I went shopping for my wedding dress. With bridesmaids in tow, we decided to make a day of it.
So, I got in my best get up.
I had a pair of lace up boots that I loved and they looked great over my slim fitting jeans. Paired with a crisp white shirt, waistcoat and my favourite leather jacket (it was the 90’s) I looked awesome.
By the end of the day, I had taken it all off and put it all back on five times. I spent over an hour and a half just getting in out of my clothes. And I almost lost a bridesmaid who was getting irritated over all that extra waiting.
Now, a little bit older and much wiser, I dress much differently when I go shopping.
As the mid-year sales seasons ends, soon Spring will be here and we will be launching our Chainstore Capsule Spring Collections.
You’re going to need to be prepared!
Start with your knickers
I wear my t-shirt bra and a pair of seamfree underwear. They fit me well, and I expect I shouldn’t see any evidence of my underwear at all when I layer over the top.
Slip on shoes
My ballet flats are my go-to-shoe for clothes shopping. They take seconds to get on and off and are comfortable enough to walk around in all day.
Forget about anything with laces, you’ll be ready to leave them behind by the third time you’ve taken them on and off.
Pull on Bottoms
Think speed! Jeans mean buttons, zipper and belt. A pull on skirt is great, but forget pantyhose or tights.
Me? I prefer pull on pants.
A Pullover Top
Long or short sleeve depending on the weather, a pullover jersey top is easy to get in and out of fast.
Anything with buttons will slow you down and anything you had to iron will crease the first time you put it back on.
A throw-on Jacket or Cardigan
This depends on the season, but if it is chilly I want something I can throw over my outfit without fuss. My trusty denim jacket is up to the task and it doesn’t matter if it gets a little wrinkly.
What about Dress?
Nope. Dresses can get a bit weird in the changeroom.
Do you want to try on a skirt? You’ll be standing in the change room in a skirt and bra.
Likely not your best look.
Trying on a shirt? You’re standing there in a shirt and your underpants.
A Zip Up Handbag.
That cute bag that spills all your stuff the minute you place it on a level surface? Leave it at home.
You don’t want to get to the car after a successful shop only to discover you have lost your keys somewhere in the last six change rooms you visited that day. Keep all your stuff together and secure.
Earrings that catch, scarves that need adjusting, necklaces on and off.
Accessories can be a distraction when clothes shopping. Besides, if you’re shopping for accessories, you’ll be juggling what’s yours and theirs, it’s better that you just dress as a blank slate. Just this once.
So there you have it, an outfit you could take off in almost 5 seconds flat and get it all back on again in less than 10.
Imagine if all your shopping was this easy!
All you need is your Chainstore Capsule collection to direct you to the best finds for your shape, lifestyle and budget.
Each capsule includes dozens of styled outfits (like the one above) sourced from our own capsule pieces. Never be stuck with “nothing to wear” ever again!
For a limited time, we are offering a free Micro-capsule, 15 pieces, over a dozen styled outfits, for a budget of $250. Find your perfect Micro-capsule here!