1 – HAVE A PLAN
Have a look at your current wardrobe and figure out what you really need. Keep this list in your handbag or on your phone so that it is accessible at all times.
2 – SALE SHOPPING REQUIRES TIME FOR CONSIDERATION
Shopping when you are under time pressure often results in bad decisions.
3 – TAKE A FRIEND WITH YOU
One who will tell you the truth. Otherwise work with a shop assistant whose opinion you value.
4 – BUY WITH THE COMPLETE OUTFIT IN MIND
Ask yourself if you have anything at home you could wear the item with. If not, buy a complete outfit so that you don’t have another “orphan” in your wardrobe. Alternatively, take your “orphan pieces” with you when shopping and find the missing pieces you need to make a complete outfit.
5 – BUY THE RIGHT SIZE
The best purchases are quality pieces that make you look good. Don’t be tempted by the price tag of a beautiful item if you know it is too small or too large. Consider the cost versus the benefit of buying a larger size and having it altered.
6 – TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Don’t just buy it because it looks great on the hanger and the price is right.
7 – CHECK THE WASH CARE LABEL
Consider the garment’s care instructions. Does ‘dry clean only’ or ‘hand wash only’ suit your lifestyle and budget?
8 – DO THE “WALK AWAY TEST”
If you are not sure about the item, go and grab a coffee and if you are still thinking about the garment go back and buy it. Don’t wait too long during sale time though!
9 – CONSIDER WHETHER YOU WOULD PAY FULL PRICE
If your answer is no, you’re probably headed towards a buying mistake.
10 – SALES ARE A GREAT TIME TO BUY HIGH TICKET ITEMS
Such as jackets, coats and formal wear.
11 – BUY OFF-SEASON GARMENTS AT GREAT PRICES
Sale is a great time to buy beach wear and beach wear accessories.
12 – SALE IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY YOUR BASICS
i.e. Garments that you regularly wear year after year.
13 – USE SALE TIME TO BUY INTO FASHION TRENDS
The risk of a fashion trend is that it can be here one day and gone the next, making sale a perfect time to buy into a trend that you love… guilt free.
14 – JOIN YOUR FAVOURITE STORE’S DATABASE
Beat the crowds and get advance warning of sales and promotions.