If you’ll be going to bed dreaming of dollar signs after Thanksgiving dinner, we bet you’ll have already plotted out alllll of your Black Friday buys. Besides making your must-have list and checking it twice, there are a few other major ways to set yourself up for extreme shopping success, including planning out what to wear for the excursion in advance. Everything from how smartly you should layer to how much you should (or shouldn’t) bundle up all depends on what kind of Black Friday shopper you are. Whether you’re out the door at 3 am — no matter the weather — or indoors bookmarking away for Cyber Monday, we have the perfect outfit for every kind of day-after Thanksgiving deal addict. Consider this sartorial strategy the final step in #winning big on Black Friday.
1. #shoptilyoudrop: When the alarm clock sounds in the early hours of November 28, consider it a prompt to stay in bed. You plan to troll the web for the best online deals around, so why on earth would you untuck? With your laptop propped on the duvet, stay cozy while you scroll in a matching pajama set. When you *do* decide to leave the sheets, slip into the cutest, fluffiest slippers you can find, because you make the rules on your day in.
2. First in Line… a Day Early: You consider lines for the iPhone 6 release a cakewalk, so camping out to be legit first in line seems like, well, what you do on Black Friday. Beat the crowd and the elements by bundling up in a wearable sleeping bag (in case you plan on getting to the mall really, really early) over ultra flexible leggings to keep the wait comfy. Flat, durable footwear like padded, rubber soled hikers would work for the long haul — much better than clunky snow boots that would slow your speed once you’re in-store. And finally, invest in some ultra-warm touchscreen gloves so you can pass the time on your phone and double-check those holiday hours online.
3. Mad Dasher: There’s one thing you can’t leave the store without this Black Friday, and so to prepare, you’ve already picked out the color and memorized the aisle number + exact location where it’s displayed. Now you just have to make a mad dash for it. Ace the in-store sprint by wearing a fresh pair of sneakers, roomy joggers and a lightweight yet super warm jacket that won’t get tangled up as you weave through the crowd. *Do* keep it unzipped so you can flash that statement tee that shows who’s boss as you own the charge.
4. Up and at ‘Em: And she said baby, it’s 3 am it must be… Black Friday. When you’re up that early, you don’t want to fuss with piecing together the perfect outfit — you want a five-minute, toss-on-and-go option so you can start to tackle the jam-packed day ahead. That’s where a jersey jumpsuit comes in – it’ll dress you from head to toe just like that. Over the onesie, wrap on a belted coat (’cause it’s the closest you can get to wearing a robe outside), slip on boots you don’t have to buckle or lace up and toss on a hat to cover up your bedhead. Choose a knitted turban over a beanie: It’s a fancier option that will effortlessly dress up your #wokeuplikethis look.
5. Try Before You Buy: Your aim to double the size of your wardrobe on Black Friday doesn’t have to fall under a typical dressing room hassle. This is how to dress like trying on clothes is your job: Slip on a closure-free midi dress (nothing too long to trudge through the snow) over a cotton strapless bra — there will be zero need to unstrap when you come across that perfect party dress. Wear shoes you can slip on and off with ease, yet won’t kill your feet as you dash between departments — clogs are your best bet. And chances are you’ll have no time to fuss with coat sleeves, so opt for a cape you can toss on. Plus, you’ll need your arms to carry all those markdowns.
6. Snowpocalypse Shopper: The weather outside is frightful, but that’s not stopping you from crashing your favorite stores’ sales. Make sure you’re as prepared for the trek to the shop as you are for the moment you step foot inside with versatile Snowpocalypse-proof pieces. A packable puffer coat is a must here; stuff your down-padded coat into a clutch-sized carryall that will barely take up space in your shopping cart. Fleece-lined leggings will keep you toasty whether the store’s blasting the heat or not, while convertable gloves will allow you to warm those digits until it’s time to be grabby. Opt for a weather-proof boot that doesn’t look like a slush-buster so you can be ultra mobile whether you’re standing on ice or slinking in between lines.
Calvin Klein Quilted Down Packable Puffer Coat ($115) + Hansel from Basel Fleece-lined Cable Leggings ($20) + Jeffrey Campbell Forecast Rain Boot ($70) + Old Navy Women’s Convertible Gloves in Bleutiful ($7)
7. Stuck in a Crowd: You’re treating this shopping day like any other, and so heading to the mall at your leisure means you’ll most likely be shoulder to shoulder with fellow shoppers for quite some time. Avoid overheating among the masses buy wearing a cropped tank under a longline cardigan — disrobe when you’re at a standstill, then snuggle up in it when you’ve finally found some elbow room. Keep it light on the bottom with high-waisted leggings and have a hair clip at the ready for a quick draw come the next heatwave.
Which Black Friday shopper are you? What pieces are you planning on wearing for the shopping extravaganza? Tell us in the comments below.