Do you have limited time for shopping?
Let’s talk Speed Shopping. You might wonder what that is? Let me share my best-kept secret…
I have no time. I have 2 small children and a full time job as a stylist and running a fashion agency. In between the school run, meetings, attending events and caring for my family, my time is down to almost zero. So how do I manage to shop for myself? And when do I manage to do it?
If you have a spare 90 min I can teach you the art of Speed Shopping. It takes organisation and planning off course but I always start by picking just one shop…a shop that sells not only clothes, but shoes, accessories and jewelry too, like Zara, H&M, River Island or Mango. A department store like Bloomingdales or Harvey Nichols is perfect! Everything under one roof.
Next, decide what you want. A complete outfit, including shoes and all the accessories. Then start scouting the rails and pick a few options, choose a pair of shoes you love and the bag and jewelry to match you options. Then head to the change room and try on your options – not more than 2 or 3. Make sure you wear something that is easy and quick to change.
The whole process should take no longer than 90 min at a comfortable pace. Try it the next time you are at the shops. Make friends with the sales assistance who will be on hand to help you and always take a couple of different sizes into the changing rooms in case you need it. This will save a lot of time…
This is how I shop most of the time…unless I’m on holiday and have a couple of hours to spare. This is my best kept secret and top tip for Speed Shopping. I hope it comes in handy!
Antoinette is a qualified Fashion Stylist with experience in editorial, runway, corporate, personal and boutique styling. She is co-owner of a Fashion Agency and most recently has been appointed as the Lead Runway Fashion Stylist for Africa Week Dubai 2015. Antoinette has her own fashion blog Glamour On the Go. For more fashion inspiration you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.