Essential Sales Shopping Advice: Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Sales Frenzy!

The sales this year present a fantastic opportunity to grab yourself some amazing fashion bargains, with retail outlets struggling to shift stock. However, with so many great offers and discounts available, the potential for  impulse buying is strong so you need to keep your wits about you if you are to avoid Sales Frenzy and bad purchasing decisions.

To help in this area, we wanted to provide you with our top 5 sales shopping tips. If followed, these will ensure you are still getting the maximum benefit from any sales purchases, long after the sales are over!

Top 5 Sales Shopping Tips:

  • Know what you need

Make sure you have taken the time to go through your wardrobe and consider where it has gaps in it that need filling. Are you short of evening tops perhaps, or do you only have two pairs of good quality work trousers? Consider your lifestyle, do you really need another evening dress? If you are going to make good decisions in the sales then you must have a shopping strategy that you stick to closely. You can only achieve this if you have a very clear idea of what you are looking for and be able to recognise it when you see it. Remember that whilst there will be great bargains to be found, this is also the time that the retailers wheel in items that have not previously sold. You may have to sift through a lot of junk before you find the treasure your looking for!

  • Look to invest in classic quality basics

The sales are the perfect opportunity to invest in quality key basics from brands which may be slightly out of your price range when full price.  These items (such as dark trousers, shirts, plain coloured dresses, a  pencil skirt, a good quality suit) are the essential connecting components of any functional capsule wardrobe, so you should look to invest in classic cuts for your shape, in quality fabrics that will last and not date. Also look for these items in colours which transcend the seasons, such as Navy, Black, Charcoal and Camel.

  • Avoid anything that is clearly a seasonal trend item

These items come in and out of fashion with the seasons, so if it is an item now on sale, the chances are the trend has peaked and is now on its way out. Also steer clear of any items which are heavily patterned or embellished. These will date quickly.

  • Only buy items which fit you well right now

Many of us are guilty of occasionally buying an item in a size slightly too small in the hope we will slim into it. Whilst this strategy works for some, it rarely works for the majority and there is nothing more depressing than an incredible piece of clothing just sat in your wardrobe gathering dust. Our wardrobes should only be full of items which make us look and feel fabulous about the body we have right now, so if it doesn’t, leave it on the shelf. Then make a commitment to yourself that you will treat yourself to something special once you have achieved your target weight and save money for that piece in the meantime. Have something specific in mind too and help use it to motivate your weight loss efforts.

  • Ask yourself if this is an item you would purchase at full price if you could

When you see something you like, be sure to ask yourself critically, if this is an item of clothing you would purchase at its full price if you could. If you wouldn’t then resist the temptation. There is probably a reason why it did not sell at full price and whilst the discount may make it incredibly attractive, you need to be objective! The discounts are designed to lure you into a false sense of purchasing security and maximise store profits.

Now you are armed with the 5 key sales shopping rules, we wish you luck in finding those special bargains! Remember though, keep your wits about you!

If you want to use the sales as the perfect opportunity to update or improve your wardrobe but need some support, then get in touch with us. Our team can help create the perfect sales shopping strategy for you and even accompany you if you would prefer. To discuss your needs please contact camilla@makemefabulousuk.com or call 07968393022.

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