Usually it’s the guys that have problems picking out what clothes to get their girl. And it’s totally understandable. Even I, a girl, sometimes have troubles shopping for girls but when you really break it down, it isn’t as hard as you think it might be.
In the end, it all comes down to looking at trends. Below are a few tips and pointers I have discovered in my years of clothes buying and of course, there are more, but usually by point 5, if I still don’t find/buy what she likes, I do point 6. If not, then I just give up buying clothes for her. It also depends on the girl you’re buying it for. Like for me, most of the time I’m trying to buy clothes for my younger sister, but she’s picky and dislikes spending tons of money, so I try not to buy complicated pieces and try not to spend too much money because she’ll just make me return it. So target your audience correctly.
Anyway, enough of me rambling. Let’s get into it!
1. Pay attention to what she usually wears.
This is definitely crucial.
Does she wear sneakers? She’s a sporty girl.
Does she wear heels? She’s a fashionista.
Does she like leather jackets? She’s also a fashionista or someone who prefers edgier clothes.
Does she like to wear sweats? She’s a comfy girl.
Depending on what she usually wears, you can typically tell what kind of clothes she likes. If she wears sweats, she might like comfy clothes, which means yoga pants and oversized sweaters. If she likes heels, maybe think about getting her some pretty dresses (if you see a pattern you like but she might not like, go with something classy and simple- don’t make it too complicated for yourself) and etc.
However, if you do find yourself unsure of what kind of girl she is (ie. she likes to wear sweats on some days but she glams up on other days) then she is probably one of those girls who’s across the board and isn’t super picky based on style.
2. Know what trends and styles she likes and dislikes.
If you’re a girl, go through some fashion magazines with her (obviously, don’t just say, let’s browse some magazines if you guys don’t usually do it- find a plausible excuse) but if you’re a dude, take her shopping (or you can say you need to buy some stuff and want her opinion- usually you can tell what kind of clothes she likes depending on the clothes she picks out for you). Think of a creative way to know what kind of trends/styles she likes.
3. Find a way to go through her wardrobe.
This may seem like a weird advice considering how you could get into trouble and it can make her suspicious but there are definitely ways to go through her wardrobe without her getting suspicious.
If you are a girl ask her if you can borrow something she knows you don’t have or something she doesn’t know you have (if you have it). If you’re a boy, it makes things a little bit more complicated. You need to be a good liar, that’s the first thing you need to do. The second is use a girl around you to make the excuse. If you have a sister (doesn’t matter whether she’s older or younger) say you want to get her something and think that her wardrobe is a good place to start. If you don’t have a female sibling, think of cousin (if you have no female cousins…I don’t know what to say…). Either way, think of a PLAUSIBLE excuse (if you want to make her jealous, you can also say it’s for a girl friend, but I’m not recommending it).
4. Know where she likes to shop at the most.
This can either be known by you taking her shopping, or you having shopped with her in the past, or you do go through her wardrobe and see a majority of clothes from a certain store. Either way, if she likes to shop at Forever 21, you can bet she like girly teenage girl type clothes (flowers, hearts, flowy); if she likes to shop at American Eagle, maybe she’s classy and simple or if she likes Zara, she’s most definitely classy and elegant. Where a girl shops tells people what kind of a girl she is too.
5. Get her friends into the loop- especially the girls who typically go shopping with her.
This pointer is only if you have no idea where to start and my above points cannot be executed with ease for you. But, before you do using this pointer, make sure you ask the right girl because, let’s be real, girls gossip like cray so if you ask the wrong girl, chances are you won’t have to keep the secret for a very long time. So, ask the right girl, and then go from there. Because most girls don’t like shopping with guys, mostly because girls feel like they have to take a short amount of time so they don’t bore the guy to death, and plus, guys also give bad advice when we ask them what they think (I’m generalizing here, but of course not ALL men give bad advice). So, if you’re out of luck, ask a girl who is close with her or even go shopping with her to have her help you pick out some things.
6. Keep the receipt!
There will always be a chance that no matter how many things you do to prevent buying the wrong stuff, she will not like it (even if you know exactly what she likes, she might not like a little detail of the clothing which can throw her off) so make sure to always keep the receipt and give it to her as an option.
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And if you have anything else to add to this list, feel free to comment below and I will add it in (:
As always, don’t forget to SM:)LE today (:
∞ sofieyah ∞
P.S Below are some of my favourite stores that you can take inspiration from:
- American Eagle ($$)
- Forever 21 ($-$$)
- H&M ($-$$)
- Urban Outfitters ($$-$$$)
- Zara ($$-$$$)
- Topshop ($$-$$$)
- Old Navy (many people don’t like Old Navy, but if you are looking for simple yet affordable pieces, this is the best store to go to!) ($-$$)
- GAP ($-$$$)
- Etiquette ($-$$)