We love it. We hate it. We dread waiting for our mothers while they take a fine comb through every item in the grocery wonderland.
Shopping is a social activity.
You can venture in pairs or march in a group, and even though it may also be a lone activity, shopping means one is bound to interact with people. The salesperson, the fellow shopper crammed into aisle 2 in a jam-packed Asian grocery.
Perhaps it does not apply to every sane person out there, but I for one do not like to go shopping under-dressed simply because there are other people involved.
So here are my tips for you and for me of what to wear when going shopping, in particular, for clothes.
1. Comfortable shoes
This is a must for any kind of shopping. Wear a simple pair of shoes tested against time to ensure your feet against blisters, soreness, bleeding and tripping.
2. Light handbag
A heavy handbag which weighs down on the shoulder is bound to cause aches sooner or later, which, in turn, just kills the mood for shopping. A nice big but light handbag which can fit the bare basics of water bottle, wallet, phone, hand sanitizer, emergency kits and roll-on perfume is perfect.
3. Single-layered top and simple skirt
Try not to go for a t-shirt and tracksuit pants. I’m convinced that it is an unspoken rule in Paris that you must never wear tracksuit pants outside of the home, not even to the post office. Chose a nice, striped, cotton top and pair it with a black knee-length skirt for an instant chic look. Or anything with a black, non-frilly skirt would no doubt be quite safe.
Wear as little layers as possible so that trying on clothes is a breeze. I like wearing a top and a skirt as opposed to a dress because it is easier to judge the suitability of items in questions. If I am trying a top, I can scrutinize it on myself with a simple skirt of my own. Or, if said skirt is a total color and style mismatch, just grab another bottom from the same shop for comparison purposes.
4. Simple hairdo
Changing in and out of a million clothes in one trip can do wonders to the hair. Or atrocities. Wearing it out with a couple of clips is probably the easiest way to keep hair in check. Simply run your hands through your hair and untangle any forming dreadlocks and re-clip.
A headband may look nicer, but if they threaten headaches during a shopping spree, ditch them.
Above all, a nice smile and courteous behavior towards salespeople and fellow shoppers always welcomes approving glances and return smiles. Unless, of course, it’s Boxing Day and everyone is too busy trying to tackle their way to the sales stands…