What you wear to shop has a huge impact on your shopping experience. Not only can the wrong outfit slow you down, frustrate you, and/or literally prevent you from trying certain things on (if you’ve ever unintentionally gone shoe shopping, or shopping period, in a zip or lace-up boot, you know it’s over before it begins), it can cause you to overspend. You skip the dressing room, swearing you’ll return the item if it doesn’t fit, only you never do—and you’re stuck with something you don’t really love and never would have purchased if you’d actually tried it on. We’ve all been there.
The last day of the year to be struggling to pry off an over-the-knee boot each time you need to try something on, however, is Black Friday. The sales are too good to allow impractical outfit choices to hinder you, so we put together a guide to dressing stylishly for a long day of serious shopping. Click through for exactly what to wear for a LONG day of shopping—and good luck out there!
A.P.C. Sportswear Chino Pants ($250)
There is nothing more annoying than the repeated taking off and putting on of skinny jeans in a dressing room. Anything that clings to the legs and requires stabilization to simply get on is a big no-no. Tight jeans, leggings, and tights should be left at home. Opt for a pair of slouch-front trousers, without zippers or buttons, so you can easily pull them on and off for fuss-free try-ons.
Alexander Wang Irene Leather Point-Toe Flats ($525)
Avoid shoes with laces (including tennis shoes), as well as boots of all kinds and any shoe with complicated straps, buckles, and zippers. A simple mule, slip-on sneaker, or flat oxford slipper will carry you through a mall day in style and ensure you can try things on with ease.
Oscar de la Renta Spanish Mule Embellished Linen and Leather Slippers ($545)
Zara Striped Tank Top ($20)
Don’t wear button-down shirts, tops with fussy necklines, or silk blouses that require a certain amount of delicacy when removing. Instead, wear a breezy cotton tank that you can throw on and off, again, and again, and again, in seconds (without worrying about it holding up).
T by Alexander Wang Classic Tank with Pocket ($80)
Acne Studios Denice Boiled-Wool Cardigan ($690)
Lastly, bundle up with an effortless open-front sweater. You will thank yourself (and us) when you don’t have to pull a tight sweater, or even worse, a turtleneck, on and off, forcing you to deal with static cling. The less items you need to pull over your head, the better (and faster!) for shopping.
Raquel Allegra Fringed Alpaca-Blend Cardigan ($625)