I’ve never been much of a sale-season shopper. Not in-store or online because in either scenario, sales are just a bit chaotic and messy. That being said, if it is an expensive piece I’ve been lusting after, chances are I will sacrifice my snobbery for the sake of making a good saving and scoring a dream item for my wardrobe. The Harvey Nichols and Selfridges sales, for example, are so worth visiting. But I always steer clear of Black Friday and Boxing Day.
Here are a few tricks of the trade I’ve learned to make the in-store experience as quick and painless as possible:
(1) Wear flats. There will be a LOT of walking and queuing for cash desks and trial rooms.(2) Either carry a small handbag that you can wear diagonsally across you so your hands are free for shopping agsor carry a large handbag with a long handle so
you can put your shopping in it.
(3) Carry an umbrella. The only thing that could make the experience worse would be having to walk around soaked and in wet, squelchy shoes from shop to shop.
(3) Wear a simple black t-shirt. it’ll go with almost everything you try on, from skirts to trousers. You won’t even havy to take it off whilst trying on most dresses.
(4) Carry water or stop for regular coffee, snack and bathroom breaks.
(1) Bother with skinny jeans. They’re not always easy to get on and off. If you’re mainly looking to buy jeans / trousers, go shopping in a pair of relaxed jeans you can get on and off easily. But if it is dresses and skirts you’re after,a simple shirt dress you can slip on and off with a basic pair of opaque tights will do the trick for most things you try on.
(2) Wear too many layers. The more you have on, the more you risk potentially leaving behind in trial rooms.
(3) Over-accessorize! trinkets often fall /break / get lost in the hustle of trying on clothes.
If the queue to pay is too long in the womenswear section, try paying in the Kids or Menswear Section instead. Sometimes you can even pay at Customer Services and the queue is usually shorter there than at the main womenswear tills. This can sometimes apply to fitting rooms, too.
Happy shopping! Let me know if any of these tips helped you when out and about navigating the sales. And also, share your haul with me on Instagram – I’m @wokewearmcr.