How to shop social distancing

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With shops open but fitting rooms closed for now, you might be wondering what ‘the new normal’ of shopping looks like. Bedfordshire-based Stylist, Isabel Kelly from The Wardrobe Edit shares her top tips for shopping effectively whilst social distancing is still in place.

Shop with an open mind

Woman carrying bags walking through intu Lakeside

Shopping as we know it will feel quite different to normal, in order to keep everyone safe and well when they visit. You may need to queue for a little longer in particular shops, and social distancing measures are now in place throughout the centre. The ‘new normal’ may take some getting used to, but with everyone playing their part, intu is trying to make it as easy as possible to adapt to.

Make a list of items you’re looking for and which shops to

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Whether you have a list of brands that you have been desperate to visit, or you’re just there for a browse, making a note of the items you’re hoping to pick up may help – and it’s also worth checking the opening hours of your favourite brands too.

Learn more about your style before you go

Woman looking at shoes in shop

We’ve all spent countless shopping trips trying on items and struggling to find the right look. By doing a quick bit of research before you go you can learn what style of clothes you should be looking for – not only speeding up your shopping trip but enabling you to refresh your wardrobe more efficiently. Start by looking at what shapes and fabrics work well for your body shape and really consider if it will suit you, or if it’s going to sit at the back of your wardrobe forever.

Remember you might not be able to try items on

Woman looking at dresses to buy in shop

As fitting rooms remain closed for the time being, think about where you have typically shopped before and what sizes and styles worked well for you. If you think your shape has changed over the past few months, then consider sizing up or down to save on returns. And remember – it’s the clothes that aren’t the right size, not your body.

Save your favourite looks for later

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Have you seen your favourite brands sharing images about their latest lines? Save images you love of items on your phone – or print them off if you prefer – so you can find them easily in-store. Better still, you can ask a member of staff where you can find this exact item so you can truly maximise and enjoy your time in the shopping centre.

Can’t wait to come in and browse your favourite shops? Check your local intu’s website to discover their opening hours.