- BUY KNOW WHAT YOU NEED, NOT WHAT YOU WANT
- THINK OF OUTFITS FOR FUTURE EVENTS
Not only did I buy plenty of blazers, shirts, boots, to wear straight away, especially boots.
I also bought pieces that would be great for summer too; for example I bought a mint dress. Mint is forecasted to be the colour of spring, and no surprises there as it was the same last year. This year I’ve had loads of weddings to attend so buying a few dresses in the winter means I can look amazing without paying an extortionate price, in the hustle and bustle of looking for a dress closer to the time of the wedding.
- AVOID ANYTHING THAT IS A TREND ITEM
- INVEST IN CLASSIC QUALITY BASICS
When picking basics, these pieces can consist of skirts, plain dresses, and a basic pencil skirts. These are the essential for building the components a functional wardrobe, so invest in classic for your shape, in high quality materials as this will last and not become outdated. The main colour palette that I would say transcends from season to season, are navy, black, and tan, and red.
- ASK YOURSELF IF THIS IS ITEM YOU WOULD PURCHASE AT FULL PRICE
- ONLY BUY ITEMS WHICH FIT YOU NOW
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.
I have a little confession to make, last year I was at my largest at size 16, and I had never been at that size before so NOTHING in my wardrobe fit. I wasn’t going to throw out my whole wardrobe because I was larger, so for me this was my motivation. 2 months later I lost the weight (now size 10/12) I got to enjoy those purchases, but really I wish I could have enjoyed them earlier.
- OPEN YOUR EYES
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!
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!