Monday 16 July 2012

How to Sale Shop Successfully

Cloud leggings from Urban Outfitters c/o Voucher Codes
H tote bag from Urban Outfitters c/o Voucher Codes
Dress from Topshop
Faux leather jacket from Primark
Flatfroms from River Island

Shirt from ASOS c/o Voucher Codes
Skirt from Oasis via eBay
Studded pumps from Topshop

Shirt from River Island c/o Voucher Codes
Denim jacket c/o Tesco
Denim shorts from American Apparael
Sandals from Topshop

When offered me the chance to take part in their Secret Sale Challenge I jumped at the opportunity because online sale shopping is definitely my forte. I live in London and have a Monday to Friday job which means the only time I get to hit the shops is at the weekend i.e. when they're at their most busiest which is why I'm a big fan of online shopping. When it comes to sale shopping I try to stick to a few simple rules:
1. Would I buy this full priced?
2. Does the price justify the amount of wear I'll get it?
3.When will I wear it?
4. Do I actually need it?

As the years have gone on I am trying to be more frugal with my shopping but my wardrobe would suggest otherwise, however as the recent sales are starting to pass I haven't gone too mad because I've stuck to my rules.

In outfit 1 the cloud leggings and tote bag were bought from the online Urban Outfitters sale where there also happened to by a free P&P code floating around (always look out for extra discount codes). Now you may think cloud leggings break a lot of these rules i.e. I definitely wouldn't have bought them full price (£52 reduced to £25) and I probably won't get that much wear from them BUT I have been after some cloud print jeans for quite some time now so these filled the spot nicely. As for the bag, a tote with my initial on is never going to stop being useful and at £10 it's instantly brightens up an outfit without breaking the bank.

In outfit 2 the pyjama style shirt is from the ASOS sale and at £15 it is a welcome addition to my wardrobe. Yes, the silk pyjama shirt trend probably isn't going to last that long but this top is fun yet not too outrageous so can be worn time and time again for work. One thing I love about shopping at ASOS is that you can save stuff in a wish list style so when a sale comes along you can see if any of your previously coveted items have been reduced in priced. I tend to do this and hang out from buying them for as long as possible. The website also tells you what's in low stock which is perfect when deciding what to buy now and what can wait until later.

In outfit 3 the ombre Hawaiian print style shirt is from the online River Island sale. This was £20 and whilst does seem a little much if I'm honest this item will be perfect for my summer holiday to Marrakesh. I may not plan to wear it that much now but it's definitely an items that will get a lot of wear when it gets hotter. It's a good item to brighten up a holiday wardrobe plus it can be worn so many different ways such as casually with shorts, tucked into a floaty skirt or funked out with more prints for a crazy festival looking making it very cost effective.

So there you have it, my guide to the sales. Sale can be a good time to try something new if the price is right but if you stick to my rules of only buying stuff you'll get a decent amount of wear out of you should be fine.

What do you like to get in the sale x

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  1. Love the looks you've put together! I generally hold on for stuff which I'd never pay full price for in the sales, it's brill to snap up some bargains!

  2. Those are pretty much the questions I ask myself- don't always stick to them!! Well done you for finding such great buys

  3. I rarely buy stuff full price any more although my wardrobe is still overflowing!

    Maria xxx

  4. Love these outfits, the leggings in the first outfit are great! I do buy a lot of my stuff in the sales but I try to restrict myself to using your rules, I used to buy a lot of stuff just because it was on sale but now I try to be realistic about whether I'll actually wear something before I buy it! x

  5. New follower =) love your blog!
    The thing I always trip up on is - "would I buy this full price?". I think most of my sale buys would be a no to be honest!

  6. You are sooo super cool! absolutely love it x

  7. i love that asos pj style top, i have it myself and it's one of my favourites!

    great blog, definitely following :)

    from helen at // @thelovecatsinc


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