We all love sales. Sometimes we can’t resist. But, a bargain is only a bargain when you adore what you’ve bought. So, the next time you feel the urge to reach for your wallet, consider the following:
- Do you truly love the piece? If not, it’s not a bargain at any price.
- Is there anything about the piece that bothers you, even if just a bit? Maybe the color is slightly off, the neckline is okay but not the most flattering on you, you see a thread pull that no one but you will know is there, etc.
- Does the piece coordinate with other items in your closet, or will you then need to purchase additional pieces to create the look you want?
- If it’s a seasonal trend piece, and the season is now over, will the piece work for you next year?
- Does the piece fit you well or will it need costly alterations?
So, as a fashion stylist here’s what I tell my clients. If you’re not sure you love it, or if there is anything about it that bothers you while in the dressing room, or if you feel the need to talk yourself into it, then walk away. Seriously, put the piece down and walk away before you surrender to the tempting sale price. I promise you, there will always be a next great sale.
Remember, store sales happen throughout the year, and not just on Black Friday, day after Christmas, and end of summer. Department stores are known to put select, newly arrived merchandise on sale for 30-40% off for a limited time to entice shopping throughout the store. It’s a smart time to shop at a great price.
Additionally, seasonal merchandise arrives in stores often months before the start of the next season, and this new merchandise typically goes on permanent sale eight weeks after it hits the store. So, be patient. You really won’t be able to wear that newly arrived winter coat in August.