With sales items appearing much earlier in shop windows this year, I am sure many of you have already indulged and perhaps even bought your New Year’s outfit in a sale. But for those of you who leave the sales until after the new year, here are a couple of tips to bear in mind:
1. Keep in mind that we haven’t seen the worst of winter yet, so don’t get seduced and buy something that’s very on trend. Go for something that is more of a long-haul investment like a trench coat, or some of the gorgeous eveningwear options that are around now in single colours. I for one will be looking for an evening coat and some silver or gold sandals or heels. They won’t be items that I will wear every day but are definitely wardrobe staples with a dose of the ‘wow’ factor. I have been caught out at evening haute couture shows, where my gorgeous gown has been covered by a 3/4 length jacket – definitely not the best way to make an entrance.
2. Always make a list before you hit the shops or the internet sales and check out the trends for the coming SS19 season before you buy. The Trends I am loving for SS19 are ruching, rope, scuba, tie-die and denim so I am definitely going to be looking for some of these pieces as I did see a couple of pieces already around for FW18. When making your list, look in your cupboard and see what gaps you need to fill.
3. Never buy anything that is too small or fits badly. And yes, that includes buying something too big, which only works if you know a seamstress, in which case sending a quick snap on the phone via WhatsApp is the best way to make sure she can actually do something with it before you buy.
4. Even if there is an 80% discount on a piece by a designer you wouldn’t usually be able to afford at full price, always consider whether you are really going to wear it? Also find out if there is a reason for the discount? Unwearable shape? Difficult to walk in? These are some of the traps I’ve fallen into when buying discounted pieces.
5. Never wear things that are difficult to take off in the changing rooms and wear the smallest bag you posses preferably a belt bat or across the body bag, so you have your hands free for rummaging.