Any dedicated shopaholic will know that the Christmas season doesnâ€™t just mean turkey and mistletoe it also means sales.
A lot of sales.
That boast a lot of things.
Such as 50% off.
And suddenly a cape in a bizarre shade of green with tassels adorning it (I wonâ€™t stoop so low as to shame the retailer selling this item of â€˜clothingâ€™) starts to look super appealing because itâ€™s half priceâ€¦ so itâ€™s Â£35.99â€¦ which is basically Â£30â€¦ which is basically nothingâ€¦ so you might as well get itâ€¦ because nothing kills the bank account of a Brit like a good bargain. Am I right?
Usually I am, but not this year, because this year we are arming you with some golden rules to prevent you from committing serious fashion faux pas in an under-fed, over-caffeinated sales frenzy.
1.) Know what you own, and know why you own it:
Sales can be a really good time to make an investment in a classic piece that will stand the test of time from a well-established company. Do you really need another one-season-wonder from Topshop? Probably not. In my opinion, a good wardrobe is only as good as the staple pieces in it. Items to look out for include: good quality leather, a well-fitting trouser suit or a classic LBD.
2.) Make A List:
Once youâ€™ve window shopped around, pick out a few items that you really, really love but just canâ€™t afford or canâ€™t justify purchasing at the time. Figure out what you want and then stick to it.
3.) Plan your day:
The plus of knowing what you want is that you know where youâ€™re going to get it so you can plan your day accordingly in terms of location and timing. Aimlessly strolling around during a sale is a really bad plan and will totally throw you off your game. Plus, if youâ€™re a short person you will be trampled on by a stampede of shoppers. I can only imagine how you must feel if youâ€™re a tall person doing the trampling.
4.) Try everything on before it goes on sale:
Itâ€™s hard to tell how good something looks in a shop or department store rammed with people. Equally though having a cat-fight with someone over a blazer in the Kooples because itâ€™s the last one left in your size is not a good look (not that thatâ€™s ever happened to me or anything). Plus, if youâ€™ve tried it on already thereâ€™s a good chance you can nab it online without even leaving the comfort of your own home.
5.) Go it alone:
This one sounds kind of harsh but shopping with friends can actually be more of a hindrance to you and your bank balance than anything else. You might get distracted from your well planned out list by what theyâ€™re choosing and they might even persuade you to buy something that you donâ€™t need, want or even really like out of sheer excitement because, letâ€™s be honest, everyone does just get a little carried away.