4 Shopping Tips for the Girl with Vitiligo Ready for the Summer Shopping Spree
Clothes shopping can be exciting, but it can also be frustrating. As a girl with vitiligo, how I’m feeling about my skin can impact my shopping trip – and not always in a good way.
Sometimes an entire day of staring at myself in front of a dressing room mirror is too much to handle. It opens the door for judgement and criticism from my own biased eyes. And before you know it, a fabulous day of shopping turns into a department store breakdown.
To avoid the dressing room blues, try out these trips for shopping as a girl with vitiligo:
Bring a Friend
Friends are moral support, an honest second opinion to our own self-judging eyes and someone to laugh with in the dressing room. Having a friend along for a shopping spree is the difference between laughing at how ridiculous a dress looks on you and blaming yourself and your skin for poor-fitting clothing. Bring a friend along and you’ll make your shopping trip about memories instead of clothes. The clothes will last a few seasons, but the conversations will last a lifetime.
One of the easiest ways to find success is to limit your expectations – the less you expect, the happier you are with the result. So have low expectations when you shop. In fact, expect to find nothing. Instead of shopping to find something, shop for the experience. That way, if you do find something, it’s an added bonus and surprise for your day.
You’re going to be looking at yourself in a mirror all day. When you dress up or wear your favorite clothes, you feel gorgeous, confident and all of those other happy things. Your mood affects the way you shop, therefore affecting whether or not you find new outfits or are willing to try new looks. Give yourself a head start and a fighting chance by looking fabulous on our way out the door.
When you feel like you “need” to find an outfit and you’re on a timeline, it’s easy to get frustrated with the shopping process and in turn feel bad about yourself. You settle on a solution instead of buying something you love and waste your money on an “okay” investment. Do yourself a favor and either go shopping now for the outfit you won’t need for a few more months or the next time you do go shopping, think about potential future needs. What clothes will you need once the season ends? Do you have any upcoming big events or weddings with specific dress codes?
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.