I can remember almost every shopping trip I’ve ever taken with a friend because they were so special. And whatever you buy when you’re shopping with a friend will forever be associated with that friend and be a topic of conversation for the two of you.
Does shopping with a friend ensure you’ll buy something just right for you?
No. Because friends are by nature gentle and supportive with each other, I think most friends reflect each other’s feelings—if they hear the love in your voice for something you’re trying on, they’ll likely tell you it looks good on you.
Will friends help you buy the right size?
Most of the time, I think yes, they will. But size is so tricky and subjective. What feels loose to one person might feel tight to another. A friend may influence you to buy your clothes to fit similarly to the way theirs fit.
Will friends help you save money?
Absolutely not. Just the opposite. Friends usually encourage friends to splurge, and it’s considered a win if both friends leave the store having bought something. But I’ve never regretted a splurge influenced by a friend—your friend’s encouragement says she thinks you’re worth the best.
*Shopping together brings friends closer.*
Of this there is no doubt. If you don’t know someone very well, go shopping together. You’ll learn her fears, insecurities, and loves, and you’ll get insider tips on the perfect gift to give her for her birthday. Trying on outfits together is so fun and will solidify any friendship.
What you take home.
Sometimes friends will buy the same item when they’ve shopped together. I think of this almost like a friendship bracelet. Even though it’s goofy to say, “I’ll call you to make sure we don’t wear it at the same time,” buying one thing in common shows you have the same taste; it’s an affirmation of everything that makes you friends.
What do you think? Do you shop regularly with a friend? Do you have something you and a friend both bought?