Re-run: Sales shopping – how to make sure the discounts really are bargains

Earlier this week, I started writing a post about sales shopping, but realised that I’d written much of it previously.

Below, I’ve reproduced the one from last year – a timely reminder for readers who were here last year and, I hope, useful for all those who have discovered Confidence Tricks this year.

You can also read one from earlier this year –  Austerity, quality, style and the sales… how to bag a the right kind of bargain – which also seems to me to still resonate.

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Now’s the time to make sure you’re on the mailing list of the shops where you’ve had your nose against the window for the past few months so you get first shot at their sale.  More often than not there’s a preview day for mailing-list customers.

But, particularly if you’re taking advantage of the sales to buy quality pieces you couldn’t afford at full price, don’t get carried away just because it’s in the sale. A cheaper mistake that you never wear is still very costly.

Sale shopping should be viewed in exactly the same way as non-sale shopping – no impulse purchasing and a well thought-out shopping list.

Being well thought-out means knowing what you need and what it will need to go with.

So, for example, if you’re looking for a jacket to go with a particular skirt, put it on so that the sales stylist can see the proportions, give you good advice and prevent you making mistakes. I advise potential clients to photograph themselves (or better still get some one else to do it) in the pieces that they want to add to.  With mobile phones generally having cameras in them now, you can easily take a snap of yourself in the mirror.

Be aware of sale ‘bargains’ that don’t fit properly.  Many shops will put ill-fitting mistakes in the sale.  At the least, ensure that there is a tailor in the shop who can rectify any problems.

Shoes are a particularly good thing to buy in the sales, especially in neutral colours as they can last for many seasons.


4 Responses to “Re-run: Sales shopping – how to make sure the discounts really are bargains”

  • Ragnhild Fiskå Voll

    I have started to re-think in terms of my existing wardrobe. Therefore I bought some basic pieces in your store earlier this autumn. What I find a big challenge is knowing what to add to the wardrobe in order for it to work well. In addition not to have too many pieces. Perhaps the biggest challenge is in the beginning when re-arranging ones wardrobe?

    Kind regards,

    • Thank you for kind comment. You’re absolutely right, the biggest challenge is in the beginning when rearranging your wardrobe – although I would substitte the word ‘wardrobe’ with the word ‘mindest’. Once that is achieved I would hope that you would feel confident enough to make it somebody else’s challenge – that person being your chosen professional salesperson. Now you’ve made the first step with a few pieces you are well on your way to your capsule wardrobe, which means you won’t have too many clothes.

      Incidentally, you might want take a look at my posts on the capsule wardrobe from last year. Starting with this one.

      Warm regards


  • Ragnhild Fiskå Voll


    I’ve just been reading your text on proportions.

    I have one question regarding the point where the legs are longer than from the waist up to the neck. Which tops would be most flattering for this shape?

    Thank you.


    • Hi Ragnhild

      Thanks you for your comment.

      Aren’t you lucky!

      However, I can see the reason for your questions.

      In this situation you are better off to go with longer tops which will elongate your torso – and importantly you should be concerned about the length of your skirt and make sure it’s not too short. Often, if you are not to big busted, high necklines tend to be more flattering.

      Warmest regards


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