Best Clothes to Wear Shopping

Whether you dread shopping or you're a clothes horse, make the experience easier and more pleasurable by wearing clothes you can get in and out of easily. Another smart trick? Always go with your hair and makeup done. The rumor is you'll get better service, but more importantly, you'll feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror!

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A Loose Dress

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A simple cotton jersey or ponte dress is perfect for hitting the mall. Avoid styles with zippers or buttons—who has time to fuss with fasteners? All you have to do is slide it over your head and you're ready to start trying on new clothes.

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A Pair of Simple Leggings

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Too chilly for a dress? Leggings are a smart option, especially if you plan to try on a lot of blouses. Avoid any loud or heavily embellished styles that might clash with what you're trying on. Instead, opt for a neutral color and pair with an easy to remove tunic top.

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A seamless bra, like a t-shirt bra, and panty set in nude is a no brainer. Brightly colored underthings can stick out when trying on sheer garments which can throw off your judgement. Make sure you're wearing a bra that fits—saggy cups or worn-out straps make for an unflattering look no matter how cute your outfit is. Wear a strapless bra if you plan to shop for strapless dresses or tops to get a better sense of the final fit. More »

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A Comfortable Pair of Flat Shoes

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Carrie Bradshaw might be the only woman in history who can effortlessly shop in towering heels. For us mere mortals, ballet flats are the way to go. The purpose of wearing flats when shopping is twofold: 1. They're easy to slide in and out of. 2. They're gentle on your feet, so you can keep going as if you were the Energizer Bunny. Wear a tried and true pair of flats on big shopping excursions—this isn't the time to break in a new pair of kicks.

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A Cross Body Bag

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A cross body bag is genius because it leaves your hands free for picking up extra sizes, accessories and the like. Look for one that has plenty of pockets and room for things like coupons, healthy portable snacks, and other necessities.