Fashion Advice From a Retail Chick


I worked in retail for about 15 years.  It’s hard to believe it was that long.  Clearly I enjoy the industry otherwise I would have been out long ago.   I enjoyed helping women find an outfit for everything from a  to a hot date out, to a wedding appropriate look, to finding the perfect pair of jeans.  There’s a feeling of accomplishment when you get to help a women feel better about herself or assist her in solving a wardrobe dilemma.  Now of course with the good comes the annoying.   There were always certain obstacles that we retail gals had to overcome almost every day.  Things, that I thought were common sense  but perhaps not.   So, here are a few of my retail vices and hopefully valuable advice for you to take with you on your next shopping trip.

1)  Pants, including jeans, can be hemmed.  It seems so simple doesn’t it?  I can’t tell you how many times I helped women over the years (and at several different retail shops) that would shop for jeans based on leg length.  It wouldn’t matter how many times I explained how hemming works or pinned a pant for a women while she’s wearing the perfect fitting trouser, in their mind they didn’t fit because of the length being too long.  Clearly, this makes no sense.  Always shop for pants based on fit, not length.

2) If you have to ask if it’s a top or a dress, for you, it’s a top….always!  It is true that there are times a petite girl can rock a cute little tunic top like a dress.  Usually the proportion is better for her.  This is, however, a very small pool of people.  Most of us just look like we forgot to put on pants if we try the same thing.  So many women say “I think I can get away with it.”  Well, truth is, you can’t.

3) Do you like it?  Do you feel amazing in it?  Is it exactly what you were looking for?  If you answer yes to these questions, why are you returning it because your husband didn’t really like it?  Don’t get me wrong, I want my husband to like the way I look but my wardrobe is based on what I like and feel good in.  Now, if he’s planning on borrowing your clothes, by all means return it if he doesn’t like it.


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    March 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Great advice.

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