That time of the year is here again! Everyone is trying to get ahead with their Christmas shopping. But who cares what you're gonna wear this Black Friday, right? The only thing that is in a lot of people's minds is how to get the best for your money. Sure! It's in mine too, however, I wish people would think twice about what to wear when going shopping. To me, there's no excuse for sloppiness mainly when you're going to be in public places. I hear many times this, "If I don't care, no body should care if I wear my pajama pants to shop!" Well, as Tom Ford said, "Dressing well is a form of good manners," and I strongly agree with that. In my humble opinion, you can dress comfortable without looking disheveled.
"Ok, Carelia, so what would you recommend to wear for going shopping?"
Well, let's start with layering accordingly. Around this time of the year the weather can be very cold, so I would recommend dressing warm, but with layers. This way, if you feel hot inside the stores, you can always remove them. I personally like to wear a comfy sweater underneath my coat. That way, if I feel really heated in the store, I can easily remove my coat and I still will have a sweater that keeps me toasty in case I start feeling cold again.
Now, lets talk about your bottoms. You don't need your pajamas or ugly holed sweatpants in order to feel comfortable when going shopping. Leave those garments for hanging out in your house. Instead, wear a pair of comfortable jeans. For example, you can wear a pair of boyfriend's style jeans or your skinny stretchy jeans and feel comfortable.
Accessories are also something that we might want to keep in mind when dressing for shopping.
If you don't know what type of bag to take with you, I can tell you that a cross-body bag or back pack will be your best bet. With these type of bags you will have your hands free to hold shopping bags or browse freely through clothing racks or shelves.
Dressing comfortable doesn't mean you are going to avoid a touch of glam. You can wear one or two pieces of jewelry but is best to keep it minimal. I don't know about you, but I hate the idea of losing my precious jewelry in-between the crowd or even getting stolen and it all depends where you're going shopping.
There are other accessories that are a must for me, but maybe not for you. For example, I always try to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, because most of my shopping is done in outdoors malls, therefore, I like to protect my face and eyes from the sun rays.
And the last but MOST important thing for me and it should be for you, are the shoes. Comfort is what we need when deciding what shoes to wear to go shopping. When I say comfort, I'm not talking about your bedroom slippers...I'm talking about a pair of presentable shoes that offer great support and at the same time can compliment your chic ensemble. There are so many adorable sneakers that can look terrific with your skinny or boyfriend jeans. I personally love to go shopping with shoes with a little heel, because standing up in flats for long hours can give me terrible calf pain. Ankle boots are by far my favorite style shoes for long shopping days, but for running errands which involve getting in and out from my car, I prefer high-top sneakers.
Well, these were my few tips of what to wear for a long shopping day without looking sloppy and, by the way, the outfit I'm wearing in these pictures was a look that I wore on a shopping day.
I don't want to end this post without telling you about my new ankle boots by RHEA. They were sent to me as part of a collaboration. I test drove these babies in two different occasions before introducing them to you. Now I can tell you a fact about them. These shoes having a timeless/classic style (my type) and they are extremely comfortable. These boots are made of a soft water-resistant leather and they have non-slip outsoles, which make them perfect for all type of weather. I haven't tried them yet in the rain or snow, but I will this Christmas around the snowy grounds of Michigan.
Booties: c/o RHEA. Use "mysmallwardrobe" code for a 15% off.
Jeans: Paige Denim. Similar style here.
Sweater: Kirna Zabete. Try this one.
Coat: Zara (old)
Hat: JC Penney. Try Aqua Basic.
Sunglasses: Yves Saint Laurent on sale.
This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with RHEA Footwear. The review about this product was my personal and genuine opinion.