When is a Bargain Not a Bargain ?

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The sales are upon us and we need to be careful – it’s a great time to pick up a few new pieces but you need to approach it in a smart way so that you get the most out of your money, walk away with great clothes and avoid any post-purchase feelings of regret.  It all begins with preparation – you need to know your current wardrobe inside out and create a list of what you wear often, what you don’t have but would like, and the items you really don’t need another version of.

Creating a list that you can refer to on the day will help keep you focused on the task in hand. Concentrate on staples that need replacing as well as classic pieces that won’t date and quality fabrics that will stand the test of time. Beautifully cut dresses, trousers, blouses and jackets can be cleverly layered to take you from winter to spring. The best strategy is to think about the timeless investment pieces that you can wear in lots of different ways. The best tactic is to make a plan and stick to it. Never buy on a whim or impulse – those items tend to sit in your wardrobe unworn.

If sticking solely to the classics feels a little too sensible, it’s a good idea to update existing outfits for the trends that you like from the new season. If you’re lucky enough to find that item of clothing that you really wanted to buy at the start of the season but your budget wouldn’t quite stretch and now it’s on sale and it’s still available in your size then that sounds like sale time is on your side.

The key is to get on the mailing list of your favourite boutiques and online stores so you are in the know when their sales are coming up.

Know the Stores Sale Policy : clearance or sale buys are often a great deal, but it’s important to read the fine print. Make sure you’ve tried it on and it’s in good working order, often sale items can’t be returned so you need to get it right !

Sales seem to start earlier every season, I hope this arms you with some good tips, and, of course if you need extra help you know where to find me.  Go safely, go wisely and have fun.

Johanna-May xx


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