You've taken off your uniform for the last time.
You've held a little ceremony to retire your uniform.
Now you're ready for the second step in the process.
Step 2 in transforming from in-uniform to in-fashion - Shop Online
Virtual and traditional brick-and-mortar stores have made it easier and safer than ever to shop from home.
This is one of my go-to life hacks.
Since I struggle with depression, anxiety and PTSD, navigating busy shopping malls and all of the decisions and overly attentive boutique store clerks can be overwhelming.
I don't avoid these situations, but I do limit this anxiety-provoking activity when I can by shopping for clothes online.
I'd much rather brave the stores to hand-select my fresh, organic produce than to buy clothes.
A few words of caution about shopping online
Buy from a reputable source with an easy return and exchange policy.
Look for free shipping as often as you can.
If you don't have a lot of experience at buying clothes recently, and at your current weight, you should buy a few shirts, pants, a jacket, and a pair of shoes in person first.
This will help you to know what size to buy online.
Always read the reviews of other people who have purchased the item you are about to buy.
They will tell you about the actual versus on-screen color, if the fit runs smaller or larger than expected, and their experience at dealing with this particular vendor.
In the next article we'll talk about something that is not so new, but it might be new to you. Buying or renting clothes on a subscription.
You might also enjoy this article--From Uniform to Personal Style for Veterans. It offers practical tips on how to create personal style in your wardrobe.