On this, my first blog of 2020, I wanted to give you a few tips as to how to successfully navigate the sales and make the best of them. It is far too easy to go crazy and get enticed by all the red sale signs in the shops that are out there right now promising us fantastic bargains… but are they?
Well, the answer is: “yes they can be” and with a bit of know-how you will be able to fill the gaps in your wardrobe at a fraction of the price.
Here are my five simple rules to shop the sales …
Rule number 1:
The number one rule is to make a list of the garments you need. Yes, I know it is boring, but it will help you stay focused on what you really want, and deter you from spending your hard- earned cash on garments that you will never wear and will end up living forever at the back of your wardrobe with the label still on. No Bueno!
Rule number 2:
Set yourself a budget per garment. Again, maybe not the most enjoyable of endeavours, but thinking of what you may want to spend on your new little black dress, will help you not to go cray-cray and end up spending what you cannot really afford.
Rule number 3:
Research, research, and wait. I cannot stress this enough. Visit the websites and see what they are offering and then wait a few days before buying. Most shops will start the sales offering 30-40% off in the first week, but a week later the prices will certainly go down again. There are shops that are already offering 70% off. If you love a bargain as much as I do, wait!
Rule number 4:
If instead of grabbing a cup of coffee and setting yourself in front of your laptop to do your shopping you prefer joining in the fun and visiting the high street, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and shoes. Make sure you wear clothes that are fuss free, so you can easily remove them in the changing rooms. You will be walking a lot, so wear comfortable shoes, if possible easy to slip on and off, no laces, buckles etc. This also applies to jewellery, specifically earrings. Don’t wear anything that may get caught up on clothing, or worst still that you may lose while battling in the changing room with that fantastic narrow neck top you have just set your heart on… yes, I’ve been there!
Rule number 5:
Resist the temptation to buy those mega trendy pair of shoes that will be soon outdated, or the dress with the print that was a sensation this season, but nobody will wear again ever. These items may get into your wardrobe and never see the light of day again. Instead go for garments that will go with at least four items that you already have. These will help you refresh and extend the life of your current outfits. In fact, the best purchases you can make during the sales are basics like a white shirt, little black dress, good quality coat and/or jacket, handbags, and denim to name but a few. I will say that some prints have now become classics and keep coming back into fashion over and over again, so these could be a good investment. I’m talking about animal print in particular; it can now be deemed as a classic and there are loads of them out there.
I hope my five simple rules can help you bag a bargain or two. If you have any questions, as per usual please get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.
Happy bargain hunting!
Until next time,
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