Shopping Tips for Women Short on Time

by Arden Brewer

I don't have enough time, is probably the number one complaint of businesswomen everywhere!

Beating the clock is always a huge challenge. We all want to look good, but who has the time or energy to go the mall, or even peruse the internet to find something wearable? Not when there's a slew of emails to respond to, kids to pick up from school, and tired feet to put up after a busy day of work!

Shopping can seem like an additional chore, but luckily it doesn't have to be!

These time saving tips will help you streamline your shopping experience, so you can look good and spend more time doing the things you love!

1.     E-mail subscriptions

A super simple thing you can do right now is subscribe for your favorite stores' e-mail list. This will keep you up-to-date on new collections coming out, and let you know of any upcoming sales or promotions. Many times stores will include specific items you can shop for directly via e-mail. Shopping directly from your inbox? Hey now, that sounds easy doesn't it?!
2.     Online subscription boxes

There are several companies out there such as, Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, that send a box of clothing directly to your door! These companies start out by having you complete a style questionnaire. They will then gauge your needs, sizes, and budget. Afterwards, you'll work with a digital stylist who will find the right pieces specifically for your body and lifestyle. They will send you a box of these carefully selected times. You keep what you want, and send the items you don't care for back! What's best about this option is that it is all done from the comfort of your own home. You can't beat that!

This is one of my favorite online tools. Instead of combing through a mess of different websites, organizes items from hundreds of stores in one easy-to-shop site. Their search filters are a fantastic feature. Say you are looking for a a cocktail dress, then you could filter by size, color, brand, and price to bring up the specific items that suit your criteria. Voila! No more endless scrolling!
4.     In-store Stylist

This option tends to be a bit intimidating for some, but it doesn't have to be! In-store Stylists are a perfect option if you want to have specific items pulled from the shelf for when you arrive to the store. Most major department stores have this service available. Make an appointment, and let the stylist know what you are looking for: (sizing, price point etc). They will select items that suit your needs. All you have to do is show up and try the items on for size! You won't have to do any actual shopping! How convenient is that?

5.     List it!

We all love a good list right?! The most time-consuming part of shopping is not knowing what we are looking for, or where to find it.  Spending hours wandering about aimlessly from store to store thinking we will "know it when we see it," leaves many of us feeling frustrated and exhausted. Before you hit the streets, why don't you make a list detailing exactly what you need? Just like writing out a grocery list, writing out a shopping list can save time in the long run! 

Shopping isn't always a blast, but it shouldn't have to be another stressful chore. Utilize a few of these tips, and you will be well on your way to painless shopping in no time!

About the Author: Arden is a personal stylist who is obsessively passionate about helping women create a wardrobe they love. She takes a lifestyle specific approach when coaching her clients so their ward-robe reflects their specific lifestyle. For more style strategies visit


Tanya Gomez said...

Great stuff here! Having a list of what you buy is the best way to know your expenses. Thanks for sharing!

Deborah A Bailey said...

Glad you liked the post. Thanks for your feedback!

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