Ok shopping is a little different at the moment, and most of us are doing it online but with the year we’ve had many of us are looking for a quick fix pick me up! Sale shopping can be a great way to do just that.

I’m sure its not just me who can resist the lure of the sales? What’s not to like, buying items at a lower price, feeling smug when you take all those bags home and look at your purchases laid out on the bed!!

But hold on, with everything you never needed at eye-wateringly low prices, it can be difficult not to splurge on unnecessary items. Come on hands up – how many of you have got items in your wardrobe with the ‘sale’ tag still on? When I’m doing a wardrobe detox with a client I regularly see clothes with labels on, multiple items that are identical and long forgotten items hidden at the back of an over crowded wardrobe! Is this you?

If you answered yes to the above, don’t worry help is at hand here are my top tips on how to avoid breaking the bank on those ‘bargains’ and most important of all how to have fun while you’re doing it.

1. COST PER WEAR

Are you going to get your cost-per-wear? A good guide is £10 or less. For example, if you buy a coat for £200, can you see yourself wearing it at least 20 times? So that’s £200 divide by 20 times = £10 cost per wear.

2. INVESTMENT BUY V. FASHION BUY?

When you hit the shops (physically or on-line) there will be lots of items in the sales from this season’s hottest colours i.e’ fashion buys. But it’s worth taking a minute to consider if you will want to wear ‘bright orange’ or a red sequinned jacket next year when everyone else has moved on to another colour that is more fashionable. If you are going to invest make sure it is one of your best most flattering neutrals. If you don’t know which colours those are, then instead of rash spending invest in an hour’s express wardrobe or colour consultation. For £40 via Zoom, it’s one of the best investments you can make.

3. DO YOU REALLY NEED IT?

Does it plug a hole in your wardrobe and will the item help you create at least 3 other outfits? If it wasn’t reduce, would you still love to buy it?

4. MAKE A LIST

Before tapping away furiously on the keyboard or getting ready to elbow others out of the way, make a shopping list of everything you wish to purchase and set yourself a budget. Stand in front of your wardrobe and have a talk with yourself “What do I need to make that outfit perfect?” “Are there key neutrals missing from my wardrobe?” “Is there an item I always lack in my wardrobe?” “What item do I need to create lots of outfits?”

There is no point in buying something that is heavily reduced if you don’t really need it. Don’t be swayed by any amount of saving. If you will never use it or wear it, what’s the point? Try to make sure you only purchase items that are on your shopping-list as you know they will be put to good use – be strong!

5. GOOD OR BAD INFLUENCE?

You’ve seen it on your friend or colleague and it looks amazing on them. BUT, would the same item look amazing on you? Factor in colouring, body shape, scale and proportions, style personality and your budget before taking the plunge. Remember we are all very different and the only person that matters is you.

6. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Before you make a purchase be sure you know the store’s refund and exchange policy during the sale period. This will differ for each company, so to avoid misunderstanding always ask or read the signs that are usually displayed at the bottom of the website or at the till point.

Most importantly, have great fun at the sales – And remember those words of wisdom from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: “I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet!”

Let me know if you need an hour or so of my time to help you choose the perfect pieces for your wardrobe by emailing natasha@appandatt.com

Best wishes and see you next year,

Natasha xxx