Summer sales are upon us

August 18, 2014

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One of the beauties of summer, besides the long days of sunshine, is the sales that pop up at many of our favorite stores. While sales often sound quite exciting, and I’m the first one to say I love a great deal, what can often happen after a sale shopping spree is the dreaded buyer’s remorse.

Here are some questions to ask yourself that will hopefully help ensure you walk away with bargains you will love for seasons to come.

  1. Would you buy the item if it was full-priced?

This question is one of my favorites because it really makes you think about the purchase. Often times, it is easy to like something because it is on sale and easier to justify the price. But, asking yourself If you would pay full-price for the same item helps to ensure it is an item that will stay on you versus on your hanger.

  1. Does this item fill a void in your closet?

Yes, this is another way to phrase the question of, “Do you really need this item?” More importantly though, I want you to think about this question in terms of asking yourself if you have any other piece in your closet to pair with it or if it will go with a different piece you’ve been eyeing. 

In other words, if this sale piece doesn’t complete an outfit, there is a higher chance you won’t wear it. Additionally, if you need to go out and buy another piece or search for another item to make this sale purchase useful, you may come to begrudge your sale item.

  1. How does the item fit?

Marisa spoke a lot about fit and rightly so, as it’s so important. If you think you’ll bring it to get tailored, be honest with yourself because (a) you want to ensure the tailoring is within reason and not downsizing from a 12 to a 2 for example; and (b) you’ll want to be able to justify the added expense to get it tailored.

If it's a proven body or style, and a color you will wear, then buy away! This is a great way to expand on staple pieces in your wardrobe that you know you will get a lot of use out of, such as Adea layering pieces.

Enjoy the rest of the sale season (and summer)!

- Aimee



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