This is an outfit that I wore to varsity the other day. I love how comfortable, yet warm and edgy the look was. I have been searching for a great puffer jacket for a good while now and I am totally in love with this one from Witchery (which I bought from the current Woolworths sale).
I love finding great staple pieces that just complement my wardrobe and will last with me through seasons. I know this sleeveless puffer is going to be one of those. It checks all the boxes; it’s warm, has a great fit and is super light. And both the hood and fur trimming are separately detachable, which is a huge bonus! (I have such a soft spot for items that are simultaneously practical and versatile).
I am unashamedly the biggest sale junkie. I definitely get that from my mom. We are both way too obsessed with sales. I mean who doesn’t love a good bargain right?
Having a little bit of experience in the sales-shopping department, I thought I would share a few helpful tips that I have learned over the years.
- Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. I have been guilty of this countless times in the past. I used to get so distracted by the idea of purchasing something at a mere fraction of the price that I would often get caught up in buying the garment because it was ridiculously cheap and not actually because I liked it.
- Go with an idea of what you are looking for/a game plan. If you have been eyeing out an amazing jacket or pair of shoes and you are hoping that these will be on sale, go directly to them first and don’t let the hustle of the red tags and rails of clothes sway you away.
- Buy pieces you will actually wear. Don’t let the price tag tell you otherwise. Refer to back rule 1.
- Buy staple pieces. I often call winter the “staple season” because it is a great opportunity for you to invest in good quality staples that can take you from year to year. Winter is also a time where you don’t need too much variation. For example you can have one amazing coat that you wear with everything. Coats, leather jackets and (for me) puffers are such timeless versatile pieces that you can basically wear with anything. That being said, winter sales are the best time to invest in these babies because they can be super expensive at full price.
(Speaking of staples, this dress is just an all-year-round wardrobe staple. I literally wear it with everything! But that’s a discussion for another time)
- Don’t buy something just because it looks good on. I often try on things and fall totally in love with them but forget how unpractical, seasonal or unnecessary they are. The truth is, lots of thing you guys try on will look good on you. Why? Because you are just fearless fashion rebels. That being said, don’t buy it just because it looks good on you (used to be guilty of this too). Try to think of where and how you will wear this piece and is it really something that your wardrobe needs. That being said, I’m all for finding an incredible one-of-a-kind statement piece that you love and will treasure (on sale or not). Just make sure it’s for the right reasons.
- Try other branches. Different stores keep different stock and as such, the sale items between two branches might be different. It is also helpful to visit the sale at another branch if you can’t find your size in a particular item you are lusting over. (My case with the puffer).
- Make sure to eat and keep hydrated. The chaos of the sale is reason enough to get you in a frazzle. Don’t let hangry (hungry + angry) be another one. You will be extremely miserable. (And besides, there are enough crazy bitches running around the sale. Me being one of them 😉 )
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to change from/into. Some stores have issues with returning items bought on sale. So make sure you try them on. Some garments might look fabulous on the hanger and are let downs when tried on. And visa versa. And you want to be comfortable if, like me, you plan on doing a vigorous isle sweep.
- Don’t decide right away. Don’t let impulse get the better of you. If you are not sure about buying something, give yourself some time and space. Go look around and see what else is out there. If at the end of your browsing spree you still can’t stop thinking about this particular item, its certainly time to make that baby yours. (In these situations, my sister Liat often says it’s best to try and imagine that you left the store without the item and came back the next day to get it. If upon return you found out the item was gone and would be devastated, that’s a sign you need to get it. If you would be indifferent, don’t even bother. If you don’t love something enough in the shop, chances are you’ll never wear it at home)
- Wear flattering underwear and put on a little bit of make-up before you head off to the sale. This is a tip I recently picked up from one of my all time favourite fashion personalities, Louise Roe. In her book, Front Roe, Louise suggests dolling up with a little bit of make-up and wearing flattering underwear as a remedy for those unflattering changing room scenarios where the harsh lights might discourage you from taking an item. Let’s be real, we’ve all had that experience at least once before and this is a surefire way to reduce the chances of it happening again.
- Have fun! There’s nothing better than getting some great clothes at a slice of the price so try enjoy the process and don’t take it too seriously.
Photography credits: Talya Friedland
Do you guys have any other sale rules or tips? Feel free to leave your advice in the comment section below.
Would love to know what you guys do when it comes to Sale Season.