Black Friday Survival Guide

“Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

-Erma Bombeck, An American author and newspaper columnist

The holiday season officially begins this week. Thursday marks the day when many Americans sit down with their families to give thanks for a year of blessings. Thursday day is a day full of happiness, love, food, football and togetherness. Friday of this week, better known as Black Friday, also marks a day of togetherness; together with loved ones at your favorite local retailer; together with strangers camping out for that door buster special; or like me, together with leftovers and my trusty mouse for some cyber shopping. Wherever your togetherness takes you, preparation is the key to success. Here are my top 5 Black Friday survival tips so you can enjoy the “ecstasy of the purchase”:

  1. Dress in layers – Fitting rooms may come at a premium on this day. Dress in easy layers such as cardigan sweaters and tanks/t-shirts or blazers and button down shirts that keep you warm on the outside but make it easy to try on items without a fitting room.

    Tippi Cardigan – jcrew.com; Dashes Knit Blazer – anthropologie.com

  2. Wear soft bottom flats – I am a lover of stilettos but they are not always practical. Black Friday is a day that presents long lines and the occasional Olympic sprint when trying to reach the electronics department at Wal-Mart before your competitors. Remain fashionable but comfortable (and nimble) with flats that feature soft, sturdy bottoms and padded foot beds versus a hard sole.

    Via Spiga Deandra – zappos.com; Cole Haan Sabrina Loafer – nordstrom.com; Zara Patent Leather Slipper – zara.com; Burberry Brogue Detail Ballerinas – burberry.com; Kate Spade New York Erica Flat – nordstrom.com; Betsy Johnson Bevrly Flat – nordstrom.com; ECCO Women’s Mary Ballerina – shoes.com

  3. Keep accessories light – On Black Friday focus on keeping the accessories light. I love a great statement piece but Black Friday is not the best day for jewelry that can weigh you down during a day of shopping. Look for lighter pieces such as a few bangles or simple gold/silver necklaces. Also avoid rings if your fingers have a tendency to swell on marathon shopping days.

    Gold Mini Initial Pendant – baublebar.com; Lia Sophia For You Bracelets – liasophia.com; Kate Spade Small Square Studs – katespade.com; Kate Spade Locked In Studs – katespade.com; Ann Taylor Deco Ring Set – anntaylor.com

  4. Wear properly fitting underwear – Fit and comfort are most important on this day. Having to excuse yourself to the restroom to make an “adjustment” could mean a missed opportunity to grab that last Baby Alive doll you planned to give your niece. Choose your foundation wisely this day or if you are in need of new items, use Black Friday as a day to purchase.
  5. Wear properly fitting clothing – Clothing that binds or constricts can make you uncomfortable, moody and less equipped to deal with rude Black Friday shoppers. This can ruin your whole day. Combat this by wearing properly fitting clothing that allows you to move and breathe with ease.

Hopefully these tips help you navigate your Black Friday shopping experience in style and comfort; whether it be with the crowds or on your comfy couch. Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving everyone!

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