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How to shop the sales.

How to shop the sales –










Well, it’s January and the sales are in full swing. Have you been tempted? I thought you might be glad of a few pointers to steer that temptation in the right direction, so I’ve put together a few simple tips for you to follow if you are looking for some sale bargains.

1. Shop in your wardrobe

First, before you do go shopping, you should give serious consideration to what you’ve already got in your wardrobe. So many of my clients confess to buying pieces that are very similar to clothes they already have in their wardrobes. This will winnow your list down dramatically and provide you with a simple shopping plan. Give me a call if you need any help with a wardrobe weed, it will save you money in the long run and help you identify new outfit possibilities.

2. Only buy something you were after pre-sale

Let’s start with the obvious here, what I’m basically saying is don’t get caught up in the hysteria. There maybe 70% off a particular garment but if you weren’t interested in it at full-price it probably doesn’t have a valid place in your wardrobe.

3. Give yourself a time buffer

If you see something you think you love, don’t buy it straight away. Think about how you would accessorise this garment and how well would it work with your existing wardrobe? Go and grab a coffee. If you can’t stop thinking about it then it can potentially be a good buy. If you’re doing it online, pop it in your shopping bag and go back to it in the morning. 9 times out of 10 you’ll have probably decided that it wasn’t such a good buy and whilst you liked the idea of it as a garment you probably couldn’t get it to work as part of your outfit selection.

4. Sell Stuff

Think about having a ‘one in, one out’ rule. It’s great because it helps to make these purchases more circular. Try and sell items first to help pay for your new purchase, you might be surprised what sells. Look to site like Ebay, Thrift, Vinted, Depop and Vestiaire for those special items that can command a higher price.

5. Avoid Trends

Most trend items have a shelf life and limited longevity, so be wary. Look for genuine bargains on classic staple brands, garments that will last the test of time. Also remember to take a look at preloved stores and websites to cut down your carbon footprint.

6. Look for higher quality pieces

We’re all slowly looking towards better fabrics that last, correct? And better still, something that is made sustainably. So, try to use the sales to afford the best quality item you can buy, which you wouldn’t quite afford at full price.

Follow these guidelines for successful sale shopping, to make sure you end up with the right garments that are going to add value to your wardrobe.
Let me know how you get on with sale shopping and what challenges you face, I’d love to hear from you!

As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need some help!

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