It is the second time this week that I am lookbooking a monochrome outfit with faux leather. I think my colour palette is being influenced by the relentless summery weather we are having in London – ya right!
The summer sales are now in full swing and there are so many great bargains to be had. I thought this was a good time to model a dress that I bought last year that I would characterize as a true bargain, in that, I paid a fraction of the price of the original cost for a dress that I really wanted. I loved everything about this dress when I first saw it in the shops, except the price tag. The dress was beautifully cut with a flattering and easy to wear shape, it was fully lined and I loved the print. The only thing that prevented me from purchasing it immediately was the approximately £160 price tag that accompanied it (I can’t remember exactly what the original price was but it was in that ball park).
Like a well seasoned internet shopper, I would look up the dress ever so often to see if the price has budged. Eventually, the price did come down, however, I still could not justify the price given that I had multiple monochrome dresses and not enough opportunities to wear them all. Then one final day, I saw the dress was reduced to £30 and it was available in my size! Of course, now I had to purchase it and I am so glad I did because I truly enjoy wearing it.
These are my top five ‘purchasing in sale’ tips that have served me well over the years:
- Do your research on what’s on sale on-line before you actually hit the shops. This way you can spend your time wisely and actually make sure you visit the shops where you really are interested in buying something rather than wandering aimlessly from shop to shop and then running out of time.
- It works equally well in reverse – if you love something in store but they don’t have your size – come home and check on-line. Often you can find your size in a different shop on-line that carries that brand. Also, if it’s a ‘like to have’ but not ‘must have’ item then wait it out. Many times, after a few weeks the item will be reduced further. If waiting results in the item (or your size) being sold out – check on-line retailers such as ASOS which may still carry the item. That is where I found this dress!
- I find the sales a great time to buy expensive neutral footwear such as black strappy heels or tan flats – shoes that I know I will use even if I don’t need them right away.
- The summer sales are the ideal time to buy bigger ticket items such as wool coats, leather jackets and winter boots. I find the last season winter wear greatly reduced by this point and frankly a great leather jacket is a great leather jacket – it is not going to go out of fashion anytime soon and will serve you well for many seasons to come. I bought a lovely black woolen cape coat the other day that I know I will love wearing this winter (or next week if the weather doesn’t change!)
- Only buy an item on sale if it fits well or it will fit well with minor alterations. It is pointless buying a garment that is 80% off but doesn’t really fit well because you will end up never wearing it – it has taken me years to finally learn this lesson!
As always, thank you for reading and happy shopping if your are hitting the sales!
(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Whistles (ASOS), Clutch Bag – Topshop, Tan Wedges – Ivanka Trump, ‘Leather Look’ Jacket – Marks and Spencer)