The sales season is now upon us, with lots of eye-catching bargains up for grabs. But are they really such a bargain ? There could be a very good reason why the price of something has been cut. It usually means that no-one wants it ! Remember that it’s much better to pay a bit more for something that you are going to wear a lot than it is to pay a bit less for something that actually you only wear once before you decide that perhaps you shouldn’t have bought it after all. So here are seven handy tips to help you.
- Decide before you go shopping how much you want to spend, and stick to it.
- Allow yourself plenty of time. Getting something in a rush before your car park ticket runs out is nearly always a bad move.
- Check the colours. Orange and burgundy doesn’t go together, however cheap it is.
- Can you tweak it ? Changing the buttons can transform a jacket. The right accessories might transform something slightly dull into a very versatile and much worn basic.
- Is it well made ? Check that fasteners are all there and well stitched on, check that the hem isn’t coming down, check that seams are the same on the left and the right (unless they are designed to be different).
- Does it flatter you ? Remember that if a dress isn’t working on you then it’s the dress that’s wrong, and not you.
- Will you wear it ? If you think it might come in one day, then by the time that day comes round you might not even like it any more.
Many web-sites are offering free UK delivery on some dates in December. This will be a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done without having to traipse around the shops. Some of the ones that I have found are :
Accessorize (ideal for getting glammed up for parties) – free UK delivery on orders over £40.
Alex and Alexa (children’sclothes) – free shipping worldwide.
Anna Scholz (dresses for real sized women) – free UK delivery on orders over £100
Dune (shoes) – free UK delivery on 9th December. Enter the code FD12X at the basket page.
Field and Trek (walking, camping, skiing) – free UK delivery on all orders over £60.
Helly Hansen (sailing and skiing) – Free shipping with code HHUKFREE11
Lipsy (party dresses) – Free UK standard delivery with code LINKSHARE – Valid 9 Dec until midnight.
Miriam Girard (lingerie) – Free gift wrapping and free delivery before Christmas.
Reiss (women’s clothing) – Free delivery on all orders on 9th December.
Style Passport (women’s clothing) – Free standard UK delivery with the code FREEDELIVERYDAY on 9th December only.
Ted Baker (menswear and women’s clothing) – Free Delivery on all orders until 19th December – this is automatically applied at checkout.
Are you a fan of vintage ? I love the 1940s look, but I wouldn’t want to wear a genuine vintage dress to the office party. Fortunately there are a lot of vintage looking dresses around at the moment, many of which cost less than the genuine dresses and will be much easier to look after. Have a look at Joy for some examples.
It’s starting to snow in the Alps, so now is a good time to think about what you are going to wear when you get to the slopes. Colours this year are all brights. Cerise, chinese blue and lobelia for Winters, with black or white for ski pants if you don’t want to do colour top to bottom. For Springs the colours are aqua, mint green, canary yellow and shocking pink. It’s been a while since Spring colours have been seen in skiwear, so this year is a good one for getting a new outfit for you. For Summers and Autumns there is not quite so much choice for women. Summers may be able to find something in amethyst or raspberry. There is quite a lot of lime around for Autumns, but most of the chestnut, brick and olive colours are only in the mens section.
Don’t forget to visit your nearest House of Colour consultant to find out if you are Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.
Welcome to my style blog. I aim to make this a useful place for hints and tips on the best of high street fashion. My first tip for you – whenever you go shopping make sure that your can walk a long way in your shoes.