Sale season is upon us! Buyers beware because it is too easy to throw money away on things that will just sit in the closet. Before you shop online or head to the mall in search of the next great “deal,” check out the tips below:
Know before you go. Shop your closet before you purchase anything, so you can decide what is missing from your current wardrobe. Decide which pieces you need most—heels, denim, tops—focus on these things.
Set a budget. Know your budget before you leave home. I suggest even bringing cash or a specific credit card you want to use so that you are not tempted to overspend.
Dress for the occasion. Dress in pieces that are easy to take off and put on—like, leggings and a long fitted tee. If you are trying on a shirt, you already have on the bottoms; if you are trying on a skirt, you can see how it looks with a basic top. Flats and a cross body purse are also good for moving around seamlessly.
Shop in the off-season. You can get great deals on cashmere knits and leather boots around April or May, for example, and save a ton on swimming clothes as the summer comes to an end. in doing so, you risk picking up something that’ll be outdated by the time you’re able to actually wear it.
Invest in the classics. If you can’t picture yourself wearing the item you’re eyeing for at least two years to come, put it back. Sales are a great opportunity to stock up on timeless must-haves like white button downs, LBD and denim.
Personal style. If a particular trend is wrong for you, then leave it in the dressing room. There is no point in purchasing items that you are never going to wear or do not flatter you. A rule of thumb, if you would not buy a particular style at full price, then think twice about purchasing it if you find it on sale.
Check the Tag. In general, it’s best to avoid purchasing pieces that are a size or two too small, in the hopes you’ll eventually diet your way into them—but if you fall in love with something that’s a bit big on you, a tailor can alter most anything to fit your frame. Factor in the cost of tailoring ad then ask your self if it is worth the cost.
Get the inside scoop. Have a favorite store? Make friends with the sales staff. They may be able to tell you in advance when there will be marked down items on your wish list.
By Fashion & Style Contributor, Karen Curtis, yourstylistkaren.com