Items go on sale because they either have been overlooked or judged unsellable. A poll last month in an Australian women’s magazine reported that 57.1% of women are unhappy with the selection of clothes available. It would not surprise me if this were the case for women in other countries. Lemons fit in that category. Bypass the boring, the unsuitable colour and the too outlandish for you. You will never wear them and they are not a bargain at any price. Skyscraper heels are great for some but if you feel you will totter and fall on your face, admire them and pass by or scroll down the webpage.
A sale item is a real bargain if you have never seen it before and can now picture it going with a number of your current clothes and being worn regularly. The sale price is the bonus. Wearability and versatility mean nothing if the size is not perfect. Do ask as your size may be available from a different store. Choose only items you will wear often with pleasure. Unworn and rarely worn items are no bargain.
Before you pay for that item check it carefully. Is it a well-made item in quality material? Check for broken zips or missing buttons. If it is a little too big or too long, can you or someone else alter it. I bought a sale item merino wool top with sleeves for an Amazonian woman. Too late I found out that woollen hems cannot be altered. Now I must manually tuck under the excess every time I wear it. You have to decide whether little annoyances like this make the item a bargain or a lemon.
Sometimes the hidden cost of alteration can take a sale item from a bargain to a lemon. To have the sleeves taken up on a lined coat bought at a sale cost me almost as much as the coat itself. I was not expecting that. A modern classic, very wearable item is worth altering. A trendy, one or two season, occasional-wear item is not.
It does not matter how educated, practical or street-savvy you are, every woman has succumbed to vanity when shopping. Sales increase the temptation.
Vanity struck at a sale when I bought my lust-have brand apricot leather shoes in a half-size too small. I told myself that leather stretches. It does but not that much. Why apricot when I had very little to wear them with? Vanity is the answer. They ended up a lemon – lovely to look at but rarely worn.
There is no complete cure to vanity. Think twice before buying and hopefully vanity purchases will be a rare rather than a regular occurrence.
This can be as dangerous as vanity. You can talk each other into buying unwise clothing and accessories. On the positive side, the second pair of eyes can find real bargains you may miss or overlook. Only you can decide whether sale shopping with a friend is a wise idea.
A sale was once a rare, much-anticipated event. Now it is commonplace and learning to sale shop wisely is a modern dressing skill every woman needs to master.