JANUARY SALE SECRETS: 7 TIPS TO BETTER SHOPPING

JANUARY SALE SECRETS: 7 TIPS TO BETTER SHOPPING
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I have been asked by the lovely people over at Most Wanted, which is the lifestyle magazine from Vouchercodes.co.uk to compare online shopping to highstreet shopping and  share my tips on how I shop the sale. I’ve been given a generous budget of £80, and if you know what you want, its more than enough. The goodies have’t arrived yet, but I’ll show you in another post.

THE EXPERIENCE: HIGHSTREET VS ONLINE 
Personally I love shopping from the comfort of my own home, but when its the summer sale or Christmas / January Sales;  now thats a reason to shop the high-street. 
The Highstreet
Now if you don’t mind joining the other bargain shoppers in the quest to find the best sale pieces, then you my friend are truly missing out. This is where all stock rooms are cleared and everything is out, so you have to be in it to win it.
My Favourite Highstreet stores are Topshop, Zara, Forever 21, and Mulberry as these are worth leaving your house for.
Online
Have a browse first! Do not buy anything on the first day, unless you absolutely have to. Remember you always have to pay for shipping whatever you buy, so if its just one dress then its not worth it. There always further reductions and free shipping later down the line, so ifyou can hold out then do.
Although stores like Topshop is amazing, their website is not the greatest for the sales. I find they only put a very small selection, so its best to hit the shops.
For predominately online stores check out ASOS.com, really small boutique websites and not forgetting ebay.com.

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Many of you have tweeted me and asked “How do you find nice clothing pieces in the sale? I can never find a thing!” So this is for you!
To be successful at anything in life you have to plan, and have a sale strategy. You’re more likely to succeed if these are in check, and stuck to.


  • BUY KNOW WHAT YOU NEED, NOT WHAT YOU WANT

Don’t you hate when you plan a perfect outfit, and you realise that your missing a basic piece to complete it? Dedicate some time to go through your wardrobe and write down all things things missing. This is where you realise what’s lacking. Do you only have two pairs of good quality work trousers? Take into consideration your lifestyle, a clubbing dress isn’t on the table if you have 10 but lacking in work wear department. I know its sounds boring but making a list will keep you on track.


  • 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
Clothing pieces come in and out of fashion all the time for different trends and seasons. If a trendy piece of item is on sale, I can bet you that trend has reached its peak and is now on its way out. In saying that, if you have a gut feeling you can either still wear it, or that trend will either be in next season or may return the following year, then get it.


  • INVEST IN CLASSIC QUALITY BASICS

The amazing thing about the sale is that we can invest quality pieces items that you wouldn’t normally buy as its out of your price range. I don’t shop at Topshop because you can get good quality pieces at lower price from other store but always love the Topshop sale.

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

It’s very easy to get into the habit of buying things that are cheap. As we are trying to avoid coming home with bags of cheap pieces you wouldn’t wear.the best thing to do is if you see something you like,  ask yourself, would you purchase at its full price, if you could. If your answer is no , I know its a tough cookie but don’t allow the price to seduce you; put the item down and walk away. Remember the sales are devised to tempt you into delusive buying needs to ensure massive store profits.


  • ONLY BUY ITEMS WHICH FIT YOU NOW
I’m sure I’m not only one guilty of this one;  buying an item in a size slightly too small in the hope we exercise and loose weight. Whilst this can work as motivation for some, it works once in a blue moon for the majority  of us and believe you me there is nothing more depressing than a gorgeous piece collecting dust in our wardrobe. I have definitely been a victim of this. Just a few months ago when I did a big clear out I took out all clothing items that needed to altered. Let just say that my wardrobe looks bare, but at least now its realistic.
 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!

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