What to buy in the sales

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How to stay sane and savvy in the sales and get most value out of your purchases

What to buy in the sales

 

In our previous blog about Shopping Tips we mentioned that in order to build a functional wardrobe that works for you, you should always shop prepared- make a shopping list, know exactly what you are looking for and stick to it. Well when it comes to bargain hunting in the sales finding exactly what is on your shopping list might not always be possible due to end of line size and style availability. That does not mean that you should never shop in sales or bargain hunt! Everyone should enjoy the pleasure of getting something they will truly enjoy wearing for a fraction of the price at least twice a year, however saving can easily turn to wasting when it comes to sale shopping. It is easy to get caught up in the thrills of bargain hunting and end up buying bags and bags of items that you will forever keep in you wardrobe with the tags still on. Wether you are shopping at retail prices or you are bargain huning before you splash your hard earned cash you should still ask yourself these question about each individual item:

Do I love it more than the clothes I wore coming in to the shop (i.e. am I dying to wear it?)

Do I have anything to go with it?

Would I still want it if it wasn’t on sale?

If you answer NO to any of those questions, you probably don’t need it. If you don’t love it in the fitting room, you will not love it at home, which means you will not pick it out of your wardrobe in the morning, which means it will be left sitting in your wardrobe taking up space and making you feel guilty and since you had no intention of buying it at full price you did not save anything, instead you spend money you were not intending to spend and got very little enjoyment in return.

To help you avoid this tragic scenario we have prepared a few handy tips how to get the most value out of sales. Here is what you should buy in the sales:

1.      Items that you can wear now

Sales usually start in the second half of the season rather than right at the end of it. If you prefer spending money on the trip and adventures rather than you wardrobe planning you holiday later in the summer will mean you can stock up of great holiday pieces at a fraction of the cost. All the items will be greatly reduced and you wont need to wait until next year to wear them.

2.      Items to carry you to the next season

Every summer collection has a few items that have long sleeves or heavier fabric or more autumnal print. Buying pieces like that in the sale will ensure that you are stylish and well dressed all the way into next season. E.g. long sleeve maxi dresses  will be greatly reduced by the end of July, however you could team a long sleeve maxi with a pair of ankle booties and leathet/denim jacket and wear it well into autum. Same goes for shirt and t-shirt dresses. As long as they are not too light you could put a basic top under a t-shit dress and really extemd the wear well into next season.

Similarly most shirts and trousers will be reduced to clear at the end of the season. Shirts are very universal and can be worn all year round. Well tailored trousers in more neutral colours can also be worn all year round which makes them a great value buy in the sales.

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3.      Timeless pieces

If you are a more classic elegance type of girl you will probably get a lot of value from shopping in sales. If you are not a fast trend chaser you will probably be able to pick up some great classic cut timeless pieces in the sales that will not only carry you into next season, but will also look great taken out of the storage next year (and the year after). Timeless pieces such a classic cocktail dresses, blouses, tailored trousers and evening wear are great bargains to look out for. They do not go out of style in blink therefore you will get a lot more value for money

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