I can guarantee that whenever I do a wardrobe makeover I always discover an item of clothing lurking in the depths of the wardrobe with the price tag still on it. These are inevitably sales purchases, those 70% off bargains that seemed like such a good buy at the time.
We are all seduced by huge discounts! Suddenly that impossibly expensive top is now within grasp. But those discount signs have a habit of rendering us temporarily blind and apparently deprive us of our powers of reasoning because inevitably we arrive home to discover a gorgeous flimsy piece of overpriced clothing in the bottom of a large carrier bag. It’s only when the blinkers come off and our thought processes return to normal that We realise a) the item purchased does nothing for our body shape, b) it doesn’t go with anything we own, and c) requires an intricate specialist bra with 15 way fastening, in order to allow an appearance in public without being arrested for indecent exposure!
Sales are great, I love them, but in order to make the most of them a little forward planning is advised. Follow my top tips for sales shopping to ensure you end with a real bargain that will give you plenty of wear ability, rather than a disaster that is shoved to the back of the wardrobe in shame!
- Look for wardrobe basics
These are the building blocks of your wardrobe and without them it is impossible to put outfits together. Buy your basics in the style that are perfect t for your particular Body Shape Profile.
Fine knit jumpers/cardigans
If you have had your seasonal colours done buy your skirt and trousers in your base colour
Spring – Camel
Summer – Navy
Autumn – Brown
Winter – Black
- Buy garments in natural luxurious fabrics – wool, cashmere, silk, linen, Alpaca,
Natural fabrics always smack of quality and the sales are a great time to stock up on some good quality garments that will stand the test of time.
- Stock up on great accessories
Accessories are where you are most likely to grab yourself a real bargain. Shoes , bags, scarves and belts are a great way of adding interest and individuality to outfits.
Before you leave the house have a look in your wardrobe and see where the gaps are. If you need a top to wear with your jeans for a casual party look, make sure that’s what you look for. Don’t get side-tracked and don’t let the blinkers go on!
- Only buy what you can afford – don’t be tempted by a massive reduction if it’s still beyond your budget.
A few years ago I fell in love with a cream Whistles jacket in Selfridges. At £250 full price it was well over my budget at that time, so I waited….the price eventually dropped to £49, which I could afford, and it still remains a much loved wardrobe staple.
So enjoy the sales and let me know about the bargains you manage to secure in the comment box below.