Welcome back to my blog, today I wanted to do a little bit of a different sort of blog for you today and one which I have not yet done before. Today i am going to do a blog on some of my top tips for how to clothes and beauty shop when you are visually impaired as i often get a lot of my readers asking me for tips on how i do it.
And so as i am having a break fro the hours of essay writing I thought i would whip up a fresh new blog for you all. So, I hope you enjoy this and it gives you some tips on how you can get the most out of all of those new seasons fashions.
1. Have an understanding of your body shape and what suits you.
it might sound a little bit obvious to some, but honestly more often than not you are so likely to go into a ship and if you do not have a good idea of what suits you, what looks best for your body shape and what your style is you will be more inclined to impulse buy or be lead to buy something that you would not necessarily wear.
2. Know whats new.
Another key tip i would recommend for someone with a visual impairment is to actually know what the stores are currently stocking, of course this isn’t always an easy matter with certain apps and websites as some are not entirely accessible.
Although i am working on a new post in which will be all about apps that are the least to the most accessible that shops offer.
However, if you are able to, get a some of what trends are big on the high street so you know what sort of thing to expect and that way if you ask for assistance in the shop you will be able to be specific about what kind of thing you are looking for so that they can help you better.
3. Know Your Shops and The High Street
Another tip is to know which shops cater for people with sight loss in the sense of which offer personal shopping services to their customers and which shops are the most accessible.
The best way of doing this is to socialise with other visually impaired and Disabled people via online groups or my meet ups that are in your local area and to ask them which shops they use on a regular basis based on their accessibility.
Shops like Debenhams and certain breaches of Topshop have personal shopping services and beauty stores like Boots and Lush I have always found the staff to be extremely helpful and accommodating towards me. Of course this may change depending on which staff are in store, but usually if a store has a good reputation from the locals then this is a promising sign.
4. Take someone with you
The other tip that I would personally recommend is to have either a friend or family member accompany you or have a sighted guide. This is of course not always possible as I know, but if you are able to then I alway find that having a companion makes shopping rather pleasant and easier if you have sight loss. If you do not have a friend or family member that can take you there are of course services like the Be My Eyes App launched earlier this year which is a revolutionary new app that is a social networking platform to help people with sight loss link up with sighted guides who can help them in different tasks that they may find challenging in their day to day life. For you it may be wanted to go out shopping, but you may want to make sure they have an understanding of the kind of clothing you are looking for before you hit the shops. Alternatively there are also lots of guide and buddy schemes run by local councils as well as the RNIB, Action for Blind and Guide Dogs. Which you will be able to find out more information by consulting their websites via the links below.
Click here to view the Be My Eyes App
Click here to view the Guide Dogs My Guide Scheme
5. Use Your Apps
There are also a number of different apps that may be able to help you when shopping with a visual impairment. I will not go on to much about them in this blog as I have already don an in depth blog post on this in which I talk about some of the rudimentary apps for budding fashionistas with sight loss.
One of the ones that I would highly recommend is an app called Tap Tap See which is an app that allows you to take a picture of an item and with special recognition technology it will tell you what the object is and it works extremely well with clothing and make up items.
Click here to view the full blog post.
6. Know your surroundings
It is always a good idea when you are visually impaired and you are going to be shopping in a new environment is to have a good sense of what shops are in the area. Shopping centre websites like the intu branch usually will have a description of what shops are in their centre and where to find them. There are also usually help desk services based in shopping centres which you can visit should you have any questions.
7. Take a Comfy Pair of Plats
Because you never know when you are going to need them.
8. Make a list of the things you want or are thinking of buying.
This is just so you know what to look for and what to ask the shop assistants when you are there.
9. Access Matters
If you have any bad customer experience or you find a shop is not accessible to you and your disability then report it to the company remember YOU are a paying customer and you deserve to be treated like one.
Leave yourself enough time so that you are able to browse and find what you are looking for. Of course this is not always possible but if you want to be able to have a pleasurable experience I recommend going in the morning and maybe during a weekday if you are able to avoid busy crowds.
11. Assistive Equipment
Take things that you would use to help you find clothing items in your own home whether this is an app on your Iphone or a colour detector. If you use something which will make your life easier then you can just apply it to the shopping situation.
If you are shopping for makeup it is always a good idea to book a consultation in advance as a makeup consultant will be able to give you advice on skincare, foundation colours and what products will be the best for you.
So those were my top tips on shopping if you are visually impaired of course I would love to hear some of your own top tips if you have any even if you are not visually impaired maybe you have another disability and have your own tips.
Be sure to comment below and let us know what yours are.
Thank you for reading this blog today and I will see you all next time!