8 tips for clothes shopping during a pandemic

Shopping for new clothes can be difficult with dressing rooms closed and extra germ caution. Here are some ideas to make it still possible and maybe even enjoyable!

I don’t personally enjoy clothes shopping as it used to be, but now without being able to try clothes on it is near impossible to find stuff that works for me!! I am 5’2″, tiny but also not, and extremely picky about what I wear.


Aka I’m doomed.

BUT then when our lockdown ended and I had to start looking decent again, we hit up the thrift stores and resale stores with the following tactics. And I’ve found some really cute items that actually fit! πŸ˜‰

-pay with card for less human touch

I never carry around cash anymore unless I know I’ll need to secretly pay back a fickle generous friend for fries. I pay for everything with my card nowadays, and it makes me feel like such an adult lol. This way purchases are faster, easier, and less germy in my opinion (and Chickfila’s).

-ask about their return policy

Once upon a time I bought an expensive (for me) black jumpsuit from Target, never wore it, and then lost a bunch of weight and found out it was hugely too big. Hoping against hope, I recently took it back and Target actually took the return, putting all the $$ back on my card!! So began my smart pandemic shopping plan. I buy a handful of items, save the receipts and tags, try the clothes on at home, and return anything I don’t want! That’s how I found my adorable overalls– and on a sale rack!

A few places with fantastic return policies: Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, and Ross.

-know your size

This can be hard to know, especially with jeans. For example, I’m a small or extra small in tshirts (depending on if I want to wear it looser), skirts, and dresses, but I can be anywhere from a 2 to a 6 in jeans/shorts. It’s worth it to temporarily buy a few sizes in different styles to try and nail down your size. Once you have a better idea of what sized clothes you should be looking at, pandemic shopping gets so much easier!

-wear a tank and leggings for trying on in a corner

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And don’t worry, I’ve seen plenty of other gals discreetly doing this too! When you’re shopping at a thrift store, be sure to include a tank/layering tee and shorts/leggings in your shopping outfit so you can just pull on a dress, skirt, shirt, or jacket over your outfit to see how it would look actually on you!

-know exactly what you need before you walk in

Shorts. I desperately needed shorts. March is technically still spring but NOT where I live!! I was burning up in all the clothes I owned and really needed to transition to summer wear, only… I didn’t own any…

so instead of wandering around a store for hours I marched into Walmart with my high modestly standards and healthily growing body confidence, and grabbed about 10 pairs of denim shorts. I walked out of that store with two, prepared to face this stinky weather.

-braid your hair

I don’t know about you but my hair tends to get crAZy and full of static when I go clothes shopping. I end up feeling like a total gremlin. It helps to come prepared and just tie it back or braid it beforehand. Here’s a video Pearl and I made last year that shows you how to French braid!

-have hand sanitizer with you for the trip home

I mean, this is always smart. But especially for thrift shopping! I’m never a germophobic person (*guiltily remembers how many drinks and fries I’ve shared* *proudly remembers I’ve somehow avoided mono*) but something about thrift stores leaves my hands feeling dirty and bleh. We keep a little bottle of hand sanitizer in the van and pass it around pronto.

Just please PLEASE don’t get one that smells like alcohol like we accidentally did!!! It’s not worth ittt!!

-bring water and snacks for mask fatigue

Most of our stores currently require masks which can get tiring if you’re shopping for awhile! Bring a water bottle and little ziplock bag of snacks to step outside with and take a breather.

Man, now I’m craving trail mix. Not, like, healthy trail mix with raisins and stuff. Goldfish, m&ms, cheerios, skittles, peanuts. That good ol’ stuff…

Do you have pandemic-style shopping tips? I’d love to hear in the comments!!

ps. idk what’s with all the peace signs. I’m awkward in pics ok ok? πŸ˜‚


14 thoughts on “8 tips for clothes shopping during a pandemic

  1. Haha! I can totally relate to having different sizes with jeans! One time, I used to be a petite size 10; then lost weight and am down to size 8 (maybe 6 in the Jr’s section of Ross?) Then, we found shorts, but the sizes said either small, medium, large, etc. XD Oh the joys of clothes shopping!

    “BUT then when our lockdown ended and I had to start looking decent again…”
    Whaa? You mean we can’t look terri-I mean ‘comfy’ for the rest of our lives?!

    Ooo, my mom found this hand sanitizer that smelled of lavender. We keep ours in the car too plus a backup in the purse.

    Thanks so much for these handy tips! Now it’ll feel less overwhelming to clothes shop. πŸ™‚

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    1. Girrrl let’s normalize looking comfy!!! I was actually thinking of making a lil post about how to satisfy our new comfiness standards (thx to lockdown) and trying not to look homeless… Would that be interesting to you?
      Ooh lavender hand sanitizer sounds so much nicer hehe
      Thanks for commenting, Lily, YOU GOT THIS


      1. Here here!! Comfy enthusiasts unite!! *pumps fist* Oh yeah, I’d love to read a post about that!
        You’re welcome! It’s a pleasure reading you’re guys’ posts!

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    1. Ohmygoodness your height is so cute but I bet also annoying sometimes. πŸ’›πŸ’› I definitely getcha about how hard it is to find clothes within a modesty/preference standard. Even though mine that you see is pretty chill now, it definitely used to be much more strict and STILL it was possible!! So keep looking for fun clothes and keep trying to honor your parents rules while also dressing cute! You can do it!

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