Editor’s Tips: How to shop for sale items

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  1. Stick to classics

Buy classic items only. These are timeless pieces like a tailored blazer, pencil skirt, trench coat, LBDs. These are the investment pieces you can never have enough of.

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  1. Assess wardrobe before hand

Make certain what you need and what you’re enough of. Sale time is not time to duplicate but rather to bring home a germ that you will cherish forever.

  1. Shop according to your lifestyle

If its work where you spend most of your time, then buy more work ]wear pieces. If you are a student stick to casual wears. Ignore the urge to buy sequin when you know you hardly dress up. Sale time is the best time to load up on all these items to reduce the pressure of “don’t know what to wear syndrome” every morning

  1. Don’t take junk home

Always try on your items before you leave the store. Sometimes your excitement gets the best of you when you come across a really cheap item. You can save so much money just from this exercise. Spend time in the fitting room, assess and be realistic with yourself.

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  1. Questions to ask: Will I wear this? When? Can I sit in this? Is it too tight? Is it too short? Walk in those shoes back and forth. Have a feel of your items.

  1. Sale time is “me time”. Don’t shop in a hurry. A sale shopping spree should be treated like “me time”. So many people waste so much money by rushing. Enjoy this time and remember to eat before you shop.
  2. I’m on a diet

The number one mistake people make is shop for smaller items with the intension of losing weight. Listen, we all want to dance like Beyonce but that kind of skill requires dedication. So make peace and buy your size or step away from the item.

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  1. Insider trick

Another trick that works wonders, is make sure you go on the first day of sale season or last day of sale. Two things are most likely to happen: You could either cash in on the most gorgeous piece on the first day or this particular piece could be marked down lower than it was on day one.

  1. Trend items

When buying trend items stick to ones that are mostly likely to return eg. Stripes, denim items etc

  1. Previous seasons

A true fashionista knows her seasons. Try not to get old items. Keep to recent season as much as you can.

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