January Sales are in full swing and I love this time of year because of it! You can buy the best stuff for the cheapest price. So, if you are looking for investment pieces then now is the best time to get them in. However, before you jump in and start purchasing, I want to help you make sure that what you buy is going to be of real benefit to you.
As a Stylist I’d like to highlight my top 4 tips for you, so once you get stuck into the sales, and carry those bags home, you can be sure that what you’ve bought you will actually love and it’s going to work with the rest of your wardrobe.
1. Know your wardrobe
Before you start parting with your hard earned cash, do a full sweep of your wardrobe. Look at what you have, think about what might be missing and what might work for you. That way when you are out in the thick of the sales or being wowed by online ‘bargs’, this is when knowing your wardrobe will be really helpful. You can search out pieces in the sale that work with what you already own.
2. Look at the year ahead
What events, festivals, work dos, weddings might you be attending in the coming year? Now is the time to grab a few key pieces that will work for you in the spring/summer months. Don’t worry about the trends for the year ahead (unless your trend buff). Shops often put out all their random stock from last spring/summer and beyond. So if you grab a few pieces now you can end up saving some extra cash for later in the year. For example, I often buy some jumpers in spring/summer and the odd cheeky summer top in winter. Why the hell not? Plus when you pull it out of the bag when the right season appears, trust me you will be well chuffed because you’ve got a new item that feels like new when you put it on and you didn’t pay over the odds. Double win!
3. Do you really need it?
If you love fashion as much as me, this is a hard question, because technically you probably won’t. However bagging a wardrobe refresh in the winter sales is a real buzz and makes you feel amazing, fact. That is how new clothes make me feel. So to manage the ‘want Vs need’ conundrum, fill your basket up and just before you get to the check out/till, be ruthless and honest with yourself and edit it! Ask yourself these key questions: What will I wear this with? When will I wear this? Do I have a lot of this type of stuff already? Once you have gleamed these three answers you can make a more informed decision ahead of spending your dosh!
4. Buying for your loved ones
This is always a grey area I think but when we are out there and the sales are that good, it always feels nice grabbing a few ‘bargs’ for the loved ones in our lives (partner/siblings/any other family member). Firstly, can you be totally sure they will like it? Unsure? Then don’t buy it, unless of course you are happy to faff about with returns. I have a good working system with my husband! I fill up online baskets for him, which he then gets to edit. Everyone wins! I get him wearing the clothes that I think look awesome on him and he gets to make the final decisions about what he wears, rather than be just my male model! Double win.
Basically, don’t get sucked into buying random sh*t, that’s a waste of your money and you end up with crap at the back of the wardrobe. Have a wardrobe that really works for you, makes you feel good and is the best use of your hard earned cash!