Tons of Boxing Day sales are in full swing right now. After-Thanksgiving, afer-Christmas sales and Year-End clereances are a great time to get some good deals and the best time to inject something new into your wardrobe. Before you start, it’s important to think carefully about what you want to achieve. You need to know how to shop smart. If you buy a pair of shoes that are usually $500 and are now 60% off, you are not saving $300— you are spending $200. Say that to yourself every time you pick up something to buy.
Here are things you should keep in mind …
It’s not a deal unless you need it. No matter how attractive the sale might be, if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Go through your wardrobe mentally and ask yourself, ‘What would I wear this with?’ If you can’t think of anything, then don’t buy it.
Set your spending limit, especially if you have a tendency to overspend.
Make a list, have a plan. Get your research out of the way as soon as possible if you’re hoping to scoop up a deal on a big-ticket item during the Black Friday sales. Instead of heading out with the vague notion of buying random things, write it all down, with some idea of what they might like and how much you want to spend on them. Focus on the items that really matter or have time constraints on the sale price. Evaluate if the piece you’re considering will stand the test of time and will complete and enhance your already existing wardrobe, then, if the answer is yes, purchase it.
When in doubt, let the night pass. This cute coat is still in your mind? Then go for it! And if it dissapeared, it was fate. At least, that’s how I think 🙂
Sales are my time to invest in quality. Go for leather, silk and cashmere – all the beautiful fabrics that normally cost a fortune. Also, rather than looking for classic pieces, go for outstanding items that will add allure to your outfits.
Remember that bags and accessories are the first to be sold out, due to the fact that they are sizeless.
Check the refund and exchange policy. Clearance buys are often a great deal, but it’s important to read the fine print. Finding a shirt for $20 is great, but not if you can’t return it if it doesn’t fit.
Dress comfortably and practically. Wear clothing you can easily change in and out of when trying on items.