How I Stopped Being a Snobby Shopper

How I Stopped Being a Snobby Shopper

“You bought that from where?”

“Ew, I’d never shop there.”

“I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of their carrier bags.”

“That shop is for old people.”

Phrases I’ve heard way too often. I remember the days of PE in school and the horror of not having my brand spanking new Jane Norman bag to carry my kit in. In that time, I didn’t even like Jane Norman. I would literally beg my mum to buy me a mini skirt that I hated, just so I could say I owned a Jane Norman piece, and get the ever-famous bag. Looking back, I have no idea why I’d put myself through that nonsense, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that boat.

Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTD Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTDAnika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTDNowadays, in a time of adulating and having to actually budget – I shop wherever I want, whenever I want, however I want. There will always be stores that have a reputation committed to them: one shop is for a certain type of girl, one shop is for a certain age group and another is just for rich people. I just don’t care anymore. I’m too grown for that kind of ridiculousness.

Being a snobby shopper faded pretty quickly in adulthood for me, mainly because I refuse to spend £60 on a top when I can buy the same one for £12 elsewhere. Another thing I’ve realised is that 70% of the clothing I like is found in shops I wouldn’t have stepped into six years ago. Charity shops, for example, they’re an absolute gold mine when it comes to finding staple pieces. From time to time the most valuable items are hidden in the most unexpected places. I bought a faux fur coat from a local Sue Ryder last week, and it’s realistically the highest quality garment I’ve ever owned. Seriously, I feel like Angelina Jolie mixed with Rihanna when I put it on.

SHOP THE LOOK

Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTD Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTD Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTDI’m not here to shade luxurious shops either. They’re usually lavish because the products are remarkable. However, it’s best not to limit yourself to a certain price range, or type of shop because it has a ‘classier’ character connected to it. For example, half the things you find in John Lewis, you’ll find in Argos too – and probably for a cheaper amount. It takes the urge to get out there and actually shop around, rather than sticking to the same three stores.

I did a little exploring recently and bought this top from Romwe. The brand gets quite a lot of buzz on YouTube when it comes to reviews, but I actually really like my purchase. It was definitely worth it, and I’m so glad I took a chance.

As I’ve grown as a person, I’ve learned that silly stigmas and specific brands just don’t matter anymore. Sure, I’ll still wear Nike because I like to have a little tick on my trainers, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore every other brand out there, Sports Direct has one of the best ranges of affordable sportswear I’ve ever seen. It’s a matter of humbling yourself, which can be one of the most difficult things to do. It means ignoring those little opinions in your ear, and never believing you’re above particular shoppers or a store.

Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTD TOP TIPS ON BEATING THE SNOBBY SHOPPER ATTITUDE

01: ACTUALLY TRY SHOPPING ELSEWHERE

02: EXPLORE LOCAL BUSINESSES

03: FIND FASHION INSPO

04: REALISE THE ONLY OPINION THAT MATTERS IS MY OWN

05: BUY WHAT I LIKE, NOT WHAT THEY LIKE

06: BUILD AN OUTFIT FROM OVERLOOKED STORES

Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTD Anika May // Fashion Blogger // Romwe Fashion // Autumn OOTDOne thing that really gets on my nerves is keyboard warriors shaming others for where they shop. It’s 2017 – shop wherever the hell you want to. Buy what you like, and if you like it, wear it.

The same goes for makeup, the number of comments I’ve seen online of users shaming another account for using a drugstore product is alarming. I like to be open-minded when it comes to cosmetics. I’m aware that designer foundations, like EL’s Double Wear, are amazing, but I don’t wear it every day. I wear Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and it basically feels the same. The difference? £20 in price. That’s £20 I can spend on food: win-win.

The point I’m getting at is that it doesn’t matter where you shop. Majority of the items you’ll see on this blog are high-street because, in reality, I’m a very casual person who likes very casual outfits. Sometimes the more expensive stores just don’t carry what I like! Likewise, wear what you want to wear, and shop where you want to shop. If a certain brand has it, go buy it! Treat yo self 2017 x

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  • Such great look! love it dear…
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    instagram @grace_njio

  • Glad you got over that snobby shopper phase, I have a friend who acts this way. Love the look you created, looks so gorgeous 🙂
    xx
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    • I’m glad too! Thanks so much xo

  • I am not picky about where I shop when it comes to reputation, but I try to shop high quality and avoid shops that produce under horrible working conditions. Which is sadly the case with many cheap online stores.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Definitely agree there, some stores have mistakes that happen in mass-produced items, but some are still great, like local boutiques! xo

  • Great post, I shop all over the place so I definitely agree with this. Have a great week. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Agree with you 100% ! And you look great !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

  • You’re so spot on with this Anika! Everyone should shop wherever they please and if you don’t like a place someone shops at for maybe ethical reasons, you can always get your point across in a respectful manner. Great post! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    • Yes to that! Kindness is goodness always, happy vibes only! xo

  • Adore this post Anika!! I used to be such a snobby shopper as a teenager (I was exactly the same with the Jane Normal bags!) but now if I can save money and still get what I want, then why not? I’ve given up caring what other people think.

    heart-autumn.co.uk

    • Haha glad I’m not alone! Exactly, the only opinion that matters is yours xo

  • Tina – Styleappetite

    Oh youre absolutely right, sometimes we get so used to our usual shops – its good to get out the comfort zone and try something new again 🙂

    Great outfit by the way – the blouse is so cute ♥

    xxx
    Tina
    http://styleappetite.com

    • You find so many new gems! Thanks so much xo

  • I love this post so much! I hate feeling like I’m cheap when someone asks me where I got a piece and it isn’t from a popular shop but I too often find some of my favourite garments from shops my friends don’t necessarily frequent! I’ve not quite conquered charity shopping yet but there’s hope!
    Tara x
    http://taradaniella.com/

    • I do too sometimes, but then I’m like “I love my outfit, and clearly you do too, so there’s no shame!” haha, thanks for reading xo

  • I’m loving your pics Anika. The power of the brand is amazing but I tend to buy what I like. Sometimes that will be something high-end, other times not so much! xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Same here, high-end has their diamond items too! xo

  • Margot R

    This top is so lovely !
    I love it with a simple pair of black jeans.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

  • Katie

    Completely agree! As I get older I like high-quality, affordable pieces that I can wear for years and not just while it’s trendy.

    http://www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

    • So true, love a piece that can be worn all-year round xo

  • Great post! Love this outfit! The top is so cute and the whole look is very stylish.

    xo, Joling
    http://lovejoling.com/

  • haha, as kids we just all want to fit in! I guess the sad truth is that a lot of fashion today is fast fashion, and it just comes and goes – why spend a lot of money on something trendy that you may or may not like in the long run? v v cute booties btw!

    becky @ star violet

    • Definitely a major factor, I hated sticking out! I love something that’ll last a long time now though 🙂 thank you xo

  • always shop pieces you love and you know you can wear endlessly. you look great boo!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎
    http://www.mahryska.com

    • Yes to this! Thanks for reading xo

  • You look stunning! ✿

    Blog de la Licorne

  • Shahab Khan Warsi

    Wonderful post dear …………………keep posting!!!!!

    cushions

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Just lovely! you look amazing!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: MES VOYAGES A PARIS

  • Hillory Renkema

    I feel like I used to be such a snobby shopper when I was younger — but as I got older I realized that it’s not where you buy a piece from, it’s how you wear it! Love this outfit on you girly.

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

    • Totally agree with you, thank you! xo

  • isa machado

    Amazing outfit dear!

    Isa M., Tic Tac Living

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Ah, the Jane Norman P.E kit bag! Great post and pictures too, so long as people are comfortable with what they wear, I don’t think it matters at all where it’s from!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x
    http://rosesrooftop.blogspot.co.uk/

    • The original! Haha, thank you so much! Totally agree xo

  • I think it definitely changes when it’s YOUR money you have to spend, as opposed to your parents’ money. This was totally my experience, too! And I think fast fashion has really stepped its game up, so you can find awesome pieces at super low price points. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Definitely true! Once I realised I was spending my own money there was no way I was spending £100 on a top! Totally true! xo

  • I think we all go through that phase in middle school, perhaps due to peer pressure and wanting to look like equals with everyone. As you get older though and realize that money doesn’t just appear out of the blue (unfortunately) it makes much more sense to shop practically – and you’re totally right, there’s so many great finds at thrift stores!
    Loved this post 🙂

    http://www.sustainablysavvy.ca

    • Definitely peer pressure and the fear of standing out! Thanks so much for reading xo

  • Thankfully I have always been one who buy whatever and whenever I want. It doesn’t matter the price or brand, as long as it looks good on me.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • You can find high fashion brands in thrift shops too. I have bought amazing shoes such as Manolo for $30. It looked brand new. I love brands that deliver quality and fits my taste. The important is to be happy with your purchases. xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/zaful-embroidery-wishlist.html

    • Totally true, TK Maxx and charity shops are perfect for this! Thanks for reading xo

      • You are welcome. Love your blog. xoxo Cris

  • OMG, I remember that days of Jane Norman haha. That shop was so awful. Loved this post beaut x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

  • Dom

    Your outfit looks amazing! I am very selective as well. I guess at the end of the day, I just want to be comfortable!
    Dom
    http://www.calibeaute.com

  • Hahahaha. These days I really just shop from a anywhere. Do I like it? Yes. Is the quality decent? Yes. Done!
    No need to look down on certain shops for no sensible reason.

    KacheeTee.com

  • I am the exact opposite. I love a good deal and if it is cute I would buy it. I actually just had this experience with some friends, I was telling them I love bargain shopping and thrifting and they looked at me in horror. I easily own more designer items then them both combined but they gave me the weirdest looks… Im glad you grew out of it. I should send them your article lol

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion
    Instagram| Bloglovin’| Facebook

    • Haha feel free 🙂 I do love a good designer item though, there’s no doubt they’re higher quality than the average high street store, but thrift shops always have a burried gem in them 😉 xo

  • OMG! This post just made me realize again how snobby shopper I am. But actually, I’m embracing a minimalist lifestyle now. I only buy what I need and not what I want when it comes to clothes. Saves space, money, and even the environment, although the latter was just mentioned to me 😀

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • Haha I can still be sometimes, I’m working against it still! I’m the same when it comes to shopping, saving money is more important nowadays! xo

  • Gabi Kwiatkowska

    so amazing outfit <3 i love your style
    http://wooho11.blogspot.com – i invite <3

  • Courtney Hardy

    I totally love charity shops too! They always have the best stuff, and I find some expensive stuff in there for like 5 bucks. So it’s awesome.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • So true! I got a bag worth £200 for £15! The best 🙂 xo

  • Dominique

    I totally relate to this post and wrote something similar on my blog recently! As long as you love something, it doesn’t matter where it’s from xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

    • So true, I’ll check out your post! xo

  • lavinya royes

    LOL I can totally remember wanting a JDsports drawstring bags for PE to seem cool????? Like whattts that about! I think ultimately as children you want to fit in with everyone but as adults we realise how fickle that is and like you I would happily leave a £60 top on the rails if I know I can find it cheaper elsewhere. everyone should be free to shop where they please! Great topic – x

    Lavinya Royes – Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • Oh my goodness yes and BANK or Gola bags! So true, it’s like a maturing process! Thanks for reading xo

  • I love this post! I totally agree that one should buy and wear whatever they like! And I’m loving your outfit…the top is super cute! 🙂

    http://roadesque.com

  • Hahah I remember when everyone loved Jane Norman haha! I totally agree with you- as long as the quality is good and you love the piece- you for it! You look stunning too- I adore your top.

    Rachel ❤
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • It was THE shop of 2007 haha! Thank you so much, Rachel! xo

  • Kara Aragon

    Cute top! Hell yeah shop wherever! I couldn’t care less about labels!

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • Same here! If it looks good it looks good! xo

  • Love your outfit!
    The colors of these pics are so soft and pretty 🙂
    Have a good evening,
    Olivia <3
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

  • I used to be like that but I’ve learned over the years, you can a gem anywhere. Love this cute look on you.

    xo
    Pinksole

  • I love this candid post. With the advent of online shopping, it’s amazing how many options there are to choose from. So you really can’t turn your back on any shop.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • There are so many out there! It’s so much fun exploring new stores! Thanks xo

  • I’m curious to see, have you posted an outfit in the fur coat you were talking about? And I can’t believe there’s makeup shaming about drugstore makeup, that’s ridiculous!

    zoevogue.com

  • Agnese Hadebe

    I think every teenager goes through this snobby shopper stage, but then we all grow up and realise that it doesn’t matter at all.

    Lots of love,
    Agnese | http://www.agnesehadebe.com

    • Totally agree, thanks for reading! xo

  • Joanne

    Ahh what an interesting post! I don’t shop very often but I do know the feeling of wanting something JUST for the sake of having an item from that brand in your wardrobe. I guess we’ve all been “snobby shoppers” at some point, eh? You delivered some really good points here, though. Now I really just focus on the individual pieces; how they make me feel, how they look, and how nice they are for my budget (haha!)
    That top looks so good on you btw!
    You have a gorgeous blog and I’d love if we can follow each other on Bloglovin maybe? Do let me know <3
    Have a lovely week ahead!

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Oh I definitely think everyone goes through a snobby stage, but I think it has it’s benefits too! Like finding high quality items and appreciating the luxurious things in life! I tend to focus on individual items too.
      Thank you so much, Joanne!

  • I couldn’t agree more! You can find amazing pieces without breaking the bank.
    Angie
    http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

    • Definitely! Thanks for reading xo

  • Natasha Wilson

    so true!! it should be about the item not the label! love the outfit too

    Tasha x
    http://lovefromtasha.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Absolutely, look good = feel good 🙂 xo