#OOTD Statement Bomber + Finding A Sold Out Item

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Like my jacket? I do, too. Actually, scratch that. I am totally and completely head over heels in luurve with it! And what makes me appreciate it (more than the fact that it’s gorgeous, bang on trend and SUPER warm) is that I didn’t just stroll into a store and buy it or lazily click ‘add to cart’ after spotting it online among a load of other things.

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You see, I first laid eyes on this beauty when I was at a busy shopping mall with my friend. It caught my eye, but it was nearing the end of the month and I didn’t think I could afford to drop £44 on it just then, so I walked away and told myself that if I was thinking about it a few days from now, depending on how much money I had left at the end of the month, I’d treat myself to it. Sadly, it turned out to be a super hot seller that was sold out completely online when I checked back. To add salt to the wound, it was sold out in every single store across the UK, too!

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Obviously, I hadn’t stopped thinking about it and as luck would have it, it kept popping up everywhere – on a fellow blogger at an event, on a big-time blogger I follow on Instagram, on my Pinterest feed (you know it’s a keeper if its on Pinterest!). I decided right then, that I absolutely had to have it and I wouldn’t rest until it was hanging snug in my closet. Here’s how I did it:

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{Photography: Sabina Sher}

{OUTFIT DETAILS} Jacket: New Look | Skirt and bag: Primark | T-shirt and boots: Dorothy Perkins | Tights: Marks & Spencer

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Check on it

If you use iOs, find the item online and at the bottom of the Safari page, click the ‘share’ button and say ‘Add to Home Screen’. Then, proceed to check it once or twice a day to see if it comes back in stock.

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Look in possible hiding places

Ofen, when a store brings back popular pieces, you can expect to find them in the ‘back in stock’ section, so keep checking this regularly. Also, sometimes the brought back product may show up in the ‘New In’, ‘What’s New’ or ‘Bestsellers’ section. Sometimes the entire Back In Stock section can be hidden within the New In section, so be sure to check there.

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Sign up for email alerts

New Look didn’t offer this particular option. But often, when an item is out of stock, the brand gives you an option to receive an email when the item comes back in stock. Definitely sign up for this as it will save you the stress of having to manually check everyday altogether. Also, chances are, if enough people express an interest, the brand is bound to bring back a hot seller as that’s where the moolah is!

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Check the in-store availability

Brands sometimes offer you the option of checking the item’s in-store availability online, so type in your postcode or street address and they will provide you with a list of stores closest to you, and which have the item in stock. After you have this information, run like the wind to the store!

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Tweet the brand

Fashion brands are usually very responsive on Twitter, and often move their entire customer service departments to the social media platform entirely. Try asking them if they know if or when the product will be back in stock.

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Be prepared to go up or down a size

This may not work if it is a pair of trousers or a very fitted item of clothing, but in the case of this relaxed fit bomber which was made from a stretchy fabric, I could wear it one size up for an oversized look or have it one size down to fit a little snug. Give the brand all three sizes as an option when you are asking after the item, so you have the most chance of finding one.

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Ask a sales assistant in-store

Sales assistants are usually polite, helpful and genuinely want you to find the product you love. Keep a screen shot of the item and the product code handy on your phone so as to not waste their time while you’re fumbling around waiting for the page to load. If they don’t have it in stock in that particular store, as if they could check their database to see if any stores around the country have it. If they do, they can order it to the store in your size or even have it sent to your home if you pay for it then.

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Check out the competition

Certain brands, for example New Look, Boohoo, etc. may be housed at multi-brand websites like Asos. The product may be available there, so be sure to check. Also, a lot of high street stores often stock very similar pieces, so keep at eye out for the next best thing. For example, I fell in love with these Public Desire boots but when they sold but in my size and wouldn’t come back in stock, I found very similar ones for cheaper here.

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Befriend a sales assistant

If you’ve been in a few times and know a particular sales assistant on a friendly basis, or if you chat to them nicely and develop a good rapport, ask if you can leave your number and if they could drop you a text if the item happens to come back in stock. However, make sure you keep up the relationship as it isn’t nice to use people just to get the product you want and then not make any effort after. Be nice.

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Enlist the help of your friends

Your friends love you and want what’s best for you, right? Either that or they owe you a favour and now’s the time to cash in. If it’s a high street chain, ask your friends to check in the store nearest to them whenever they are out at the shops. I had my friend Amy checking the New Look stores in Winsford and Northwich in Cheshire, while Nicola checked the Trafford Centre and I looked in the Manchester Arndale Centre and in Stockport.

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Check eBay, Amazon and Depop

While Amazon and Depop didn’t have my jacket, I got lucky with eBay. Some clever soul had recognized just how special and sought after this jacket was and bought one in every size! Unfortunately, they were also clever enough to be selling it at double the price, which I wasn’t prepared to pay. Either way, if you’re desperate for at item, it is definitely worth checking. More often that not, you will get lucky.

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Offer to buy it off a stranger in the street

No I am not joking. Yes, I am a little bit insane. This one definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. If you see someone wearing it in the street, provided they are the same size or a similar size to you, approach them politely and explain

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that you’ve been desperate to get your hands on that item but it is sold out everywhere, so if they ever get tired of it, that you are interested in buying it from them and you promise that it will go to a ‘good home’. If they seem interested, ask them what they will take for it. Or else, offer them £10 (Rs. 1000) more than what they originally paid for it and leave them with your details so they can get in touch if and when they are ready.

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I eventually got my jacket by checking back every single day. One day, I woke up and two pieces just happened to have come back in my size only! I was over the moon and ordered it on the spot, but any of the other methods I’ve listed here are great options, too!

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Have you had an experience with a product that’s been sold out everywhere? I’d love to hear your story! Share it with me in the comments below or on Twitter / Instagram / Snapchat – I’m ‘bombaybubble’. See you at the next post!

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PS a few pieces of the jacket have now come back in stock in 16 and 6, BUT they now also do a plus size version which is more expensive here. Happy shopping!

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