It’s that time of year again – SALES, SALES, SALES!
Some of us love them, others loathe them. If you’re lured by the possibility of a bargain-buy this January, be sure to check my top tips for navigating the sales to ensure you really are saving money.
Assess What You Already Own
Ever got home from a shopping trip with a new purchase only to discover you’ve already got several other items that are similar? It’s happened to most of us at some point or another. To make sure it doesn’t happen to you, assess and organise your wardrobe before you hit the shops. Store items together so you can see just how many pairs of blue jeans/purple jumpers/red shoes you own. This simple exercise will remind you of the items you already have and highlight where you may need to add something new. A cost-effective sale purchase should complement what you already have in your wardrobe.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you make that purchase decision:
- Is it in my colour palette? If it is, then it’s likely to work well with other items in your wardrobe.
- Does the style suit me? Don’t settle for something that doesn’t properly just because it’s reduced. You need to look and FEEL great in your clothes.
- Does it fit me? If the garment is ill-fitting or uncomfortable, it will soon be relegated to the back of the wardrobe. Or can it be altered to make it a good fit? Remember, it’s only a bargain once you’ve factored in the cost of alteration. Also, be realistic about your chances of ‘slimming into it’ if you’re buying it a size too small …..
- Do I feel FABULOUS in it? Your clothes should make you feel like a million dollars, don’t buy anything that falls below the mark simply because it’s a bargain.
Is It Really Value For Money?
Check the quality of the item and ensure if has no defects. Sometimes stores will reduce items because they have faults with them. This may not always be a deal breaker, but it doesn’t hurt to check first.
Would You Pay Full Price For It?
You may have had your eye on something a little out of your price range that has now been reduced by 50% – hurrah! This is what true sales shopping is all about and you should certainly grab that bargain! However, if this isn’t the case, ask yourself whether the quality, cut, style and fit would be worth the full price. If not, why not? Perhaps you’re not getting a great deal after all…..
Buy Less, Choose Well
You don’t need lots of clothes to look good, rather you need a capsule collection of clothing that can be worn in a variety of different ways in colours and styles that work for you. Don’t be tempted to fill your wardrobe with lots of ‘bargains’. Most of the time it is better to invest a little more in each item and have fewer pieces of good quality clothing to choose from. Great winter sale buys are coats, boots, macs or jumpers that you know you’ll get at least 2-3 months immediate wear from and go with what you have already.
Happy bargain hunting!