4 tips for shopping the sales

The sales have been going cu-razy recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed!  I managed to stay away for a while but decided to take the plunge and try a few pieces that I’ve been after i.e the perfect indigo jeans and the perfect striped top. I thought I’d share 4 tips for shopping the sales so you can grab the best bargains and fill your wardrobe with absolute dreams.

1. Know what you need
The amazing thing about sales is that you can some beautiful pieces for up to 70% off. True. The bad thing about sales is that you can sometimes end up buying crap that you don’t need, don’t actually want and won’t wear – because it was 70% off. Don’t fall into this trap! Before you head out shopping the sales make a quick list of things you might need to replace or want to add to your wardrobe. It could be new shoes for going out, a plain and simple handbag or, for me this time, I was after some new jeans.

2. Go for quality

I use these huge sales as an opportunity to invest in brands I can’t usually afford. When it comes to sales I normally raid Marks & Spencer, Next, French Connection, Topshop’s higher end brand, Whistles, Reiss (£110 jeans and jumpers down to £30-40!), Kurt Geiger and Jigsaw as well as having a peek on places like Net-A-Porter and The Outnet. Some of these are brands I definitely can’t afford to shop at every month and actually buy all of the pieces that I love. So, when the sales come around, my wardrobe loves me. I stock up on great basics, good denim, well made shoes and bags and generally quality pieces. There’s no point buying a £7 top from River Island if it’s going to wear out in a couple of washes anyway!

(Not that there’s anything wrong with shopping the RI sale, I definitely check it out too, I just tend to buy sturdy basics from my coveted brands when the sales come around!)

3. Bulk buy and return

When shopping the sales, the best thing to do is to grab everything that meets your criteria and is in your size and try them on at home. There’s nothing worse than spending your whole lunch break getting sweaty in a changing room. Grab and go and then return if I don’t like is usually my sale shopping tactic.

I recently picked up a cute jumper and two pairs of jeans from Reiss to try but I only plan to keep on if they’re a good fit. The worst thing about sales is that you can miss out when things sell out so, if you have the cash, bulk buy your stuff and just return what you don’t want. Most stores are super quick on returns and refunds these days so you’ll have your pennies back within 3 working days usually.

4. Only keep it if it’s perfect

This goes with point 1. Don’t be lazy about returning stuff! If the items you’ve bought aren’t spot on, return them. Ask yourself, would you have paid full price for it and still loved it as much? If not, take it back!

This post has been a collaboration with Love The Sales but all sale tips are my own – you know how much I love shopping, style and a bargain.

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