Some tips and reminders for navigating the infamous retail-hungry stampedes if you’re looking to preserve both your bank account and the planet.
Get organised and set yourself a budget, whether that’s per item (i.e. I won’t spend over £60 on a coat) or for your boxing day sales mission as a whole. Trust me, this is super helpful when you’re eight aisles deep in & Other Stories.
Make a list of items you need right now. It’s the opportunity to stock up on any staple capsule wardrobe pieces you’ve been looking to invest in for a while but have just been stretching your pocket a little too much to convince you to take the plunge. As with investment items, start by considering if you’ll still be wearing each one this time next year - if not, let it go.
Make a list of the items you’ve had your eye on for a while. If you have any money remaining in your budget after picking up your wardrobe essentials, head on over to the items you’ve been looking to treat yourself to, whether it’s a brand new magpie-ready watch or a gorgeous new pair of vintage shoes, it’s always worth finding out if these statement pieces are more in reach thanks to the reductions. Remember: you’re only looking for items you’ve liked for a while (I usually go with six months +), not a random designer tote that’s been reduced by 50% to £250. 50% off always looks great, but £250 in your bank account looks better - especially if you stumbled across it by chance and wear it once on a night out feeling like an imposter the entire time. It’s not worth it, I promise!
Write a list of your favourite go-to brands so you don’t stray to random stores that you’d never bat an eye at in / real life / in the heat of the moment, especially if you’re looking online - ads are unnervingly personalised, let’s face it.
Shop independent! I know I say this a lot, but it truly is a wonderful thing to support the dream of a creative - if you can, take the time to check out independent stores and find out if they’ve got any deals on for the day. It’ll make both their day and yours!