Are you that girl who heads straight over to the sale section but then gets stressed, overwhelmed and panicked at the idea of rummaging through it all?
Yarp, me too.
Sale shopping is great, especially when you nab a complete bargain, but not so great when you see something you bought 3 days ago at half the price. Anyhoo, end of season items and last in stock items can still be on-trend and stylish so here are my 6 top tips for being a savvy sale shopper!
TIP 1 – PUT BACK THE THING YOU’RE NOT REALLY SURE ABOUT
‘Awwww, a top for £4!’ multiplied by 3 and you do that once a month? That’s £144. Those items that you don’t really need are the ones that can kill your bank account without realising, and of course if it’s the perfect item then great, but if you’re not sure then don’t go through with it.
TIP 2 – BUYERS REGRET WITH A SALE PURCHASE? RESELL IT
When selling clothes it’s a known fact that a brand new item with tags left on is more likely to sell at a higher price. Sometimes we buy those cheap items without knowing what to wear it with and it sits in the wardrobe until 3 months later – don’t bother holding onto it, and pop it on eBay. You’ll probably get your money back and it’ll be someone else’s ideal item!
TIP 3 – CAN YOU MATCH IT WITH OTHER PIECES IN YOUR WARDROBE
If you look at a sale item and can’t think of at least 3 items to wear it with, then it’s a no-go. Think about a pair of shoes, a bag and maybe a jacket that it will look good with, and as long as you can make a whole outfit then you’re safe. Tip number 3, section 2… TRY EVERYTHING ON.
TIP 4 – DON’T JUST FLICK THROUGH THE CLOTHES, REALLY LOOK
I often go over to sale racks and look for the same patterns and colours – anyone else have a wardrobe full of spots and stripes right now? Look a little more thoroughly through the items and aim to pick something out of your comfort zone. After all, if you end up not getting tons of wear out of it, it was only sale price!
TIP 5 – HAVE AN AIM
You’ve just bought a new dress and you need a jacket to go with it. Focus on the pieces you NEED and not the pieces you want. Get a little bit of inspiration from blogs/magazines/pinterest if you’re looking for say, workwear, and then only search in smart sections of the sales. Let’s face it, the entire sale section is a lot to take in.
TIP 6 – TRY AND FIND YOUR FAVOURITE ITEMS
Things like denim, handbags and staple pieces are obviously a must in our wardrobes, so find them in the sales as you know exactly what pieces you’re looking for. Topshop jeans fanatic? They go in the sale all the time, so you just need to hope your size is available. My favourite jeans are ASOS Ridley, so every now and again I’ll search them online and see if any colours are in the sale. Replace the old with new, but for less!
SHOP MY LOOK
Dress – Dorothy Perkins
Shoes – M&S
Bag – Boohoo
Watch – Daniel Wellington
Earrings – c/o Adore
Of course the dress I’m wearing is in the sale! I found it in Dorothy Perkins and loved it immediately. I was on the hunt for a dress that was slightly longer in length for work (yes ok it’s still quite short) and this was what I found. It’s still available at the mo in a few sizes! Black accessories and a pair of gold hoops later and you’ve got the ideal summer outfit.
Let me know what you think of the look in the comments, and if you have any other tips of your own!