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How to Shop in a Ritzy Store

Intimidated by snotty sales people and chi chi boutiques? You can locate great finds and feel comfortable doing it, if you just know how.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Dress in your best daytime clothes, adding jewelry, swanky scarves, a logo bag or any other status items.

  2. Walk in the door with a purpose -- shoulders back, head held high.

  3. If you are lucky enough to be approached by a salesperson, don't brush them off with a "Just browsing." Rich folks demand lots of attention and get it.

  4. If you're not approached by a salesperson, be bold and ask for assistance.

  5. If you can't be discreet about looking for prices, wait until you get in the dressing room to check them out.

  6. Let the sales associate bring in other items if he or she suggests additional coordinates. They usually know what looks great on different body types.

  7. Ask about any alteration or delivery services.

  8. When you're ready to buy, make sure you use a credit card that has a high enough limit.


  1. Touch the garments and really "feel" the fabric like a connoisseur.

  2. Engage the sales associate in conversation and ask his or her opinion frequently.

  3. If you're not 100% sure how a designer label is pronounced, don't experiment here!


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