You can save a lot on the sales right now, or you can save even more by shopping smart! Read on for a 5 tips on making the most of all the 50% percent off, buy-one-get-one, and free shipping deals we've been seeing online.
Make a list-- even before you shop online. While you might write an in-depth list before you go to the mall and hit the sales, online shopping can get a little more haphazard. Instead of randomly whizzing around the internet and hitting up sales as you find them, try to get a plan of attack to best take advantage of sales. Make a list of basics that you need to stock up on, like plain white a-shirts and t-shirts, jeans, and cute sneakers from pounding the pavement post-work.
Eschew seasonality. While buying things out of season is a perfect way to save, it can be also be a way to restrict your attire to half the year. Who wants to switch their entire closet back and forth as the weather changes, when you can keep a closet of essentials year round, and save on them, too? Look for medium-weight trousers in cotton or a natural blend, cotton wrap tops, and slip-on shoes that you can wear any time with the right accessories.
Tip: Aim for colors like navy, cream, green, medium blue, and some reds for a “season neutral” appeal.
Know your size in the brand you're buying. This is often overlooked, but it's super important. When you're taking advantage of major sales and the like, you'll find that return and exchange rules can differ pretty significantly and might not allow you to exchange your deeply discounted pieces with ease. As boring as it can be for hardcore internet shoppers, get yourself to a department store, mall, or an outlet shop to note how each brand fits before you buy. If you've ever ordered Calvin Klein lingerie, you'll know what I mean!
Buy out of season for the basics. Yes-- I know I told you to ignore seasonal pieces, but if you live in the Northeast, travel to Europe, or spend time in the Caribbean, you know that you'll need a few pairs of Bermuda shorts, a fuzzy cashmere scarf, or a pair of snowboots. If you can possibly buy out of season, you will save. My tip? If you have trouble shopping for summer things in the winter, or vice versa, aim to buy pieces for next year at the end of each season when they go on sale.
Don't get frantic. There are so many sales to take advantage of, and there's no need to get everything in one day. Shop around and compare to find the right deal for you.
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