How to shop the sales!
Thought it might be useful if I did a blog on “how to shop the sales”… as they can be utterly overwhelming and can lure you into making purchases you *think* you need (but in reality its the price tag you are more excited about!)
Whenever I sort out client’s wardrobe there will always be a few items lurking with their tags still on them…the client then sheepishly admits that she “got it in the sale”…! No matter how reduced an item is…there is no point in buying it if it doesn’t go with anything else or make you feel good.
So, here are some tips on how to avoid breaking the bank on those ‘bargains’ and most important of all how to have fun while you’re doing it.
What to expect
When you hit the shops there will be lots of items in the sales from this season’s hottest colours. But it’s worth taking a minute to consider if you will want to wear ‘volcanic’ orange for example or a red sequinned jacket next year when everyone else has moved on to another colour that is more fashionable. If you are going to invest make sure it is one of your best colours. If you don’t know which colours those are, then instead of rash spending, invest in a colour analysis. For £150 it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Make a list
Before setting off, make a shopping list of everything you wish to purchase and set yourself a budget.
There is no point in buying something that is heavily reduced if you don’t really need it. Don’t be swayed by any amount of saving. If you will never use it or wear it, what’s the point? Try to make sure you only purchase items that are on your shopping list as you know they will be put to good use – be strong!
Go out on a day when you are feeling positive and energised – we all know this varies. Any purchase made to cheer you up will undoubtedly be a mistake.
Shopping is tiring so:
- Wear comfortable and easy to remove footwear
- If you are shopping for a dress, take some higher shoes and tights with you. Don’t try and imagine how it would look with your pop socks on.
- Be sure to apply some make-up so you look your best
- Wear a good bra and decent underwear. You want to look respectable if you are stripping off
- Take a few coffee breaks and of course have lunch!
Know your rights
Before you make a purchase be sure you know the store’s refund and exchange policy during the sale period. This will differ for each company, so to avoid misunderstanding always ask or read the signs that are usually displayed at the till point.
Most importantly, have great fun at the sales – it can be a great day out. And remember those words of wisdom from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: “I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet!