Shop Like a Stylist – Best Kept Shopping Secrets
With a tight economy, saving money is the new hottest trend. As much as 70 percent of all purchases are unplanned. Shopping for clothes can be a challenge for anyone. Stores seduce shoppers with words like “Special!” or “Hot Deal!” mean the same as “On Sale!” Realize that shopping for sales requires patience and knowledge of what wardrobe basics to purchase each season to complement your lifestyle. Saving money on clothes does not have to mean sacrificing fashion, as there are many ways to get stylish and affordable clothes for a great price.
It may take a few hours of shopping to locate the best deals on clothes, and it also requires a whole lot of browsing. Sale items are often hidden between more expensive clothes and can be overlooked. Shopping like a stylist is a skilled that can be acquired by following the following tips.
- Make a list of items you need before you head to the mall so you won’t be tempted to buy something just because it’s on sale. When you see something you like, decide if you can mix and match it with at least three other pieces in your wardrobe.
- Most clothes go on sale about two to four weeks after their initial arrival at the store. Thursday and Friday mornings are a great time to shop. Many stores start their weekend sales on these days. You can purchase your items on sale minus the rush and crowds of Saturday sale shoppers.
- Ask a salesperson when the store does its markdowns and sales. Mark the information on your calendar so you won’t forget. Sign up to receive newsletters from your favorite stores so you can find the best buys easily. Request email notifications to help you stay abreast of specials and promotions.
- Approach trends with caution. Avoid buying items that are so trendy that you won’t ever feel comfortable wearing them once you take them home. Don’t invest heavily in trendy items as they come and go out of style very quickly.
- For the most effective shopping experience, try hitting the stores when they first open to beat the crowds. Wear comfortable shoes and if you are trying to find the perfect outfit for a pair of shoes already purchased bring it along with you.
- Try on items to see what suits your age, body type and personality. Also keep in mind what will work with the rest of your wardrobe.
- Once merchandise has been in stores a month or more, retailers begin dropping prices to circulate new items. Stores begin stocking shelves on Thursday to prepare for the weekend. Weekends are when most items are sold, so the best selection and best prices can be found if you make it to the store before the weekend.
- The best time for a person to buy shoes is in the afternoon. This is because the feet tends to swell a bit around this time. When you first get up in the morning, your feet have rested all night. But as you go through the day, your feet will swell.
- Save additionally by shopping at the end of the season. Clothing stores need to make room for new collections and will mark down clothing significantly to reduce stock. Shop off-season and buy items that will last for more than one season. You can get the best markdown when you buy things that have been in the store for a while.
- The biggest sales are often in January and June/July, when most retailers are clearing out seasonal stock. You can find cheap clothes for winter in February and early March. Start stocking up on next summer’s attire in late August and early September.
- Shop with cash and leave the credit card and debit cards at home. Cash is tangible and allows you to see just how much you’re spending. It’s easier to overspend when you’re using a credit or debit card. In addition, credit card interest fees can add up quickly, making your purchase a lot more expensive than you expected.
- Shop at factory outlets or discount stores to find designer clothes and accessories at lower prices. They’ll either stock “irregulars” (that have manufacturing flaws invisible to the untrained eye) or pieces that just went out of season.
- Always ask about a store’s return policy. Some stores have a generous cash back return policy in which virtually anything can be returned with a receipt. However, other stores can only give you store credit or a combination of store credit and cash back after a certain number of days has passed.
When it comes to saving on clothes, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or fashion to look your best. By buying out of season, searching for online deals, clipping coupons and using cash, you’ll save lot’s of money in your wallet. Don’t let a good price be the deciding factor on a clothing purchase. Make sure you only buy things you really love and will wear.
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