A Relationship Built On Trust
As with every healthy relationship, the connection you have with your clothing salesperson must be based on trust. Getting honest, competent feedback on the items you’re trying on will ensure you are making a good investment in clothing that not only fits, but is flattering as well.
I have been tempted to offer helpful suggestions to shoppers looking for guidance from their salesperson, even when they are not my clients. It isn’t because I am trying to be intrusive; it’s because I know how important it is to see beyond the sale to what is ultimately in the best interest of the shopper. As a fashion stylist, I know that my clients are my calling card and my most effective form of advertising. My goal is for them to look and feel their best with the garments we select together.
The relationship you establish with your salesperson â€“ whether in a department store or a boutique â€“ can ensure you’re getting the most from your shopping experience. Here are a few tricks of the trade I am happy to share:
- Always acknowledge the salesperson that greets you. Engage with them about your favorite brands and designers, and ask for other brand recommendations. If you see an item that interests you, but you don’t wish to pay full price, ask about upcoming sales and whether they would be willing to contact you by email or phone when there is a markdown.
- Timing is everything! Did you know that Wednesday night through Sunday is the best time to shop department stores? That is when sales are programmed into the registers. After 2 p.m. on weekdays and after 3 p.m. on weekends is when stores are typically less crowded.
- If you feel overwhelmed by department stores, you may find boutique shopping to be less stressful and more enjoyable. A boutique can offer an intimate setting and exceptional service â€“ just be aware that their return policies may not be as flexible as those of larger stores.
- Most boutiques will receive the seasonâ€™s items by the end of March or the first week of April. Shop early for the best chance of finding your size. Markdowns typically come late in the season.
- Final tip: If a garment doesn’t wow you in the first three seconds after you put it on, it shouldn’t be an option.
Working with a salesperson who is talented, resourceful and honest can completely transform your shopping experience. Invest time in this all-important relationship, and it will pay dividends!
From my closet to yours –