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sale shopping tips

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

sale sale shopping tips

The summer sales seem to be well and truly underway, and even though we’re not even into the second half of July, the retailers are already making room for their AW10 collections. There are still about 8 weeks of British summer sun left to be soaked up (sorry, I know that could be questionable…) so there is plenty of time to wear any summer bargains before its time to pack them away and get the layers out.

I really love finding a bargain , especially when it comes to clothes. However, I really really hate it when I see something in the sale which I bought at full price, but I guess that’s fashion karma or something! I decided that I would like to write about my advice on sale shopping for today’s post. I’m sure you are all great at spotting a bargain or two, so please add your own suggestions to the comments section!

sizes

I would always recommend looking at sizes one above and one below your usual clothes size. Often, items that are perfectly designed and on trend will appear on sale rails because they have been badly sized. I find this happens a lot with underwear; it is sometimes a good idea to simply try on items that look like they will fit, regardless of what the label says.

Also, look at jersey items and shirts that are waaaay bigger than your usual size … these can look great worn with something skinny fitting on the bottom to balance out the volume.

trends

All too often high street retailers imitate catwalk trends before they are even in the designer stores due to the speed at which they can replicate from the runways. This can sometimes be to the stores disadvantage as trends can be too forward-thinking for the customer to understand and feel ready to embrace. Poor sales result in these ending up in the sale. Before you hit the sales, study the next seasons catwalks to see what trends you may want to be wearing in a few months time. I have seen lots of crochet items in this summer’s sales which I predict will be huge come Autumn – stock up now!

mens section

Don’t forget to visit this part of the sales, yes really! Look for over sized hoodies and jersey tops. Think creatively; how could you customise with a few bits of elastic or adding a drawstring so that it has a more feminine fit? Shini from Park and Cube has a great twist on how to wear a mans shirt here.

timing

The best day of a sale is always the first. Sign up to your favourite stores e-newsletters to find out when their sales start ahead of the crowds. Also, avoid shopping at lunch time if you don’t want to have to rummage for bargains on the floor as well!

Oh, I also just had to show you these beauties I bought yesterday morning from schuh. I know I won’t be able to wear them until the cold weather comes which is making me start to wish the summer away, but I can never find a pair of winter boots when I actually need them, so just couldn’t resist these!

boot sale shopping tips

henry stud lace ankle boot from schuh - WAS £79.99 now £40.00

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