I took a little blog hiatus yesterday - my work schedule the last 2 days just made it difficult to post, and I would rather not have a post than have one that I rushed to write! But I am back at it today!
I know a lot of us do it - we bargain shop at "teen" stores. Stores like Forever 21, Windsor, and Charlotte Russe. Stores that I know I may be a little too old to shop in, but have great bargains and are always on trend!
Shopping in these stores isn't easy by any means. You have to sift through outfits that are definitely far from what you want, outfits that are overpriced, looks that are cheap; in order to find that perfect item for your grown up closet. In order to do that, I have several tips that I like to follow!
1 - Returns
One of the first things you should be aware of is the return policy of these stores. We all have been guilty of buying something and getting it home and thinking that it does not look the same at home as in the store. Know the return policy, so that if you take home something that you decide is too "teen" looking, you can always return it.
2 - Be Prepared
Having an idea of what you are looking for before you go get it. A tee, long sleeve shirt, sweater, pants, etc. Even a vague idea will help. This helps you to narrow down what racks to look at in the stores, and what ones you can stay away from.
3 - Know Your Up Size
Let's be real. All these stores were made for younger people. Realize that you may have to size up in a lot of their items, and take a few different sizes back to the fitting room. Plus, if you need a bigger size, you don't have to go sorting through the racks again, it's right there!
4 - Ask an Associate
Chances are, if you can't find something the sales person can. Guess who has to put back all those clothes that you tried on? The sales associates. They are very familiar with the store layout and the product stock. Use them to your advantage!
5 - Color Scheme
A lot of these teen stores are organized by color, especially Forever 21. Know what colors you are looking for or that you tend to gravitate to. This will also help you narrow down sections of the store, and which places to avoid.
6 - Be Willing to Spend Some Time
Don't be afraid to pick through some racks, piece by piece, especially if you weren't able to narrow down what you want. Let's face it - these stores are run by kids and teenagers. Not everything gets put back where it belongs. Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 are the worst about this. You may not see the size in an item that you want at first, but it could be located somewhere else in the store. Again, this is why you should ask a sales associated!
7 - Accessories are Friends!
A lot of these stores have a ton of cheap accessories that are great for little pieces for your outfits! You can find almost anything you are looking for in any color. It's really cost effective!
What are your favorite tips for shopping at teen stores?