by Tammy Goodson of Curlychics

Hitting the stores for those holiday blow out sales can be overwhelming to say the least. However, sometimes a deal is simply too awesome to pass up and you have to put your big girl panties on and brave the crowds. Here are a few strategic tips to get you through without catching a migraine!

• Wear comfortable foot wear
Forget what you seen on the latest episode of Basketball Wives where they hit the stores in 5 inch heels. I know it looks fly on television and its very “fashionista”, however, the goal is to conquer as many sales as possible with minimal distress. The bigger your heel, the shorter your shopping experience will be. You can be comfortable without sacrificing style with a pair of Uggs or a low heeled leather boot that are easy to take on and off. Remember you will be standing in long lines and covering lots of ground. Trust me, your toes will thank you later.

• Wear an across the shoulder bag
A small, hands-free bag just big enough for your wallet, cell phone and Carmex is sufficient (and shopping list if you have one). I love a big bag just like the next chica, however, you will already have enough packages to carry without having to worry about toting around your favorite Michael Korrs bag.

• Minimize the accessories
No fuss, no muss. You do not want to risk your bangles snagging on clothing while browsing or necklaces getting caught while trying items on. The only accessories you will need are a stylish scarf, gloves and a pair of chic sunglasses.

• Wear comfortable clothing
The key to a successful shopping endeavor is preparation. Wearing layers will ensure that you are temperature ready without the bulk of a huge winter coat. A multi layered outfit such as leggings or skinny jeans with a fitted t-shirt, accompanied by a long sleeved shirt and warm jacket is perfect. Your comfortable ensemble should be easy to take on and off in case you need to try something on.

• Hair out of the way
The last thing you want to worry about when dealing with those door buster sales is your hair. An effortless yet chic bun is a great way to accomplish this. For shorter lengths, wearing your hair off of your face will prove to be less bothersome, thus keeping the attention on the task at hand. Steer clear of beanies and tams because they will make things difficult when slipping clothing over your head.

• Exercise patience
Recognize the fact that this is the biggest shopping day of the holiday season which means you should expect long lines and massive crowds. This should help you keep an even temperament and lessen the intensity.

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.