Successful sales shopping

All those tantalizing bargains in the sales can lead to a wardrobe full of clothes that you will probably never wear. Before tackling your shopping trip read my top tips to make the most of the January sales.

Make a list: Look in your wardrobe and make a list of items that you need. The shopping list will stop you from getting carried away and purchasing things you do not need or will not work with the rest of your wardrobe. Write down questions that will help you stay focused. Keep asking yourself: is it worth it? Do I love it? Is it value for money, how long will it last?

Go early: It is best to go sales shopping early to get a better clothes selection in your size and to avoid being rushed.

Stick to your budget: Decide on your budget and stick to it to avoid buying clothes that you do not need and to buy items that truly flatter you.

Stick to basics: Invest in timeless pieces, well-cut dresses, jackets, shoes, and trousers. Try to look at the style rather that the fashion. You will wear them season after season.

Mix and match: Remember the following rule. Every item you buy has to match at least two items in your wardrobe. Make sure that each piece you buy can be mixed and matched with the clothes you already own.

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