Sales Shopping Tips

Mimi ON Dec 21, 2012 AT 12:56 pm

Figure out what your wardrobe is missing
Take a thorough look through your wardrobe and make a list of the key, staple items your current attire would benefit from. A khaki parka, classic trench coat, perfectly-cut white shirt,

Check the spring summer 2013 trends
Sure we’ll be keeping an eye out for luxurious cashmere jumpers, a pair of leather gloves and possibly even some biker boots, but don’t forget to look forward to what’s on the horizon for SS13.  If you’re clued-up you’ll be surprised at just how many perfectly on trend pieces for the new season there are to be nabbed.

Stick to the list
When the whopping sales-tag is dangled in front of you its hard to resist the bargain, but be realistic – are you really going to get wear out of that jumpsuit?! You’d be better off spending a little more money on something you will get continual wear out of than a panic-purchase that you will wear once.

Work to your budget
If spending £300 on a jacket is out of your usual budget then don’t be tricked into buying it just because it was originally £600!  The £300 will still be out of your budget. And no fashion item is worth the cost of your rent.

Don’t dress up
If you are serious about bagging a bargain in the sales, forget about looking fashionable whilst you do it. That means,  wearing a simple combination of jeans, t-shirt, jumper and light jacket. Yes it may be cold outside but it’s also hard to efficiently rifle through clothing rails when swamped with an oversized jacket, pair of gloves, scarf and hat. Equally, wearing a plain vest top under your jumper will allow you to slip into tops on the shop floor, by-passing the packed changing rooms.  And we shouldn’t need to tell you to swap your heels for a comfortable, classic pair of trainers! We’ll be sporting our failsafe Adidas Originals (at JD Sports).

Don’t be rushed
Just like those Last Chance To Buy rails that seem to be popping up all over the high street, don’t be rushed into purchasing something you’re not 100% sold on. FOMO (fear of missing out) is understandably enhanced during the sale season but if you’re having doubts about a purchase for any of the reasons above, go with your instinct.

Refunds, Returns and Exchanges
If your instinct is failing you but you simply can’t put down that potential must-have item remember that most shops offer a full-refund policy across their sales as well as full-priced items. Buy it, take it home, try it on with a variety of your own clothes and outfits and then make a decision. Check with the store assistants before purchase and don’t forget to return if your newly acquired purchases are more lust-at-first-sight, than love.



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