- Colour: The colour of an item is often the first thing that catches your eye. Which colours are going to be ‘on trend’ for the coming season? Don’t just be caught out by mopping up surplus colours that the shops have. However, more importantly do you know what colours really suit you? Have you had a colour analysis done recently? If not, now is a good time to have this. It will make a difference to how you look and feel and you are likely to re-coup the cost with wise buys in the sales and no more shopping mistakes in the future either.
- Styles: Again think about the styles that suit you. Are these shapes current? It’s a good idea at this stage to try on some items from your wardrobe and look at yourself in a mirror – don’t forget to put the right shoes and tights on too! This will give you an idea of shapes to look for. Those who have had a style consultation will know which shapes flatter them, which shapes will disguise areas of the body and which sorts of styles are really in tune with their personality.
- Fabrics: It’s worth having a careful think about fabrics; check that you know which fabrics are good for different parts of your body. For example if you have very curvy areas then fluid fabrics will be better here than stiffer ones. These stiff ones will add extra inches to areas that fluid fabrics and the eye float over! Beware some sales items are made from ‘less’ good fabrics, and although the colour and shape of an item might be just what you want, unless the fabric is good, you are likely to regret the money spent. There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful skirt that creases so badly you can only wear it when you are standing up.
- Wardrobe audit: Think what colours & styles will enhance your wardrobe; think particularly about coloured items that you wear near your face.
- List of things to look for: You are now ready to make your list – it is useful to divide it up into items that would be useful now and items that would be useful to buy and keep – especially if they are quality pieces that will not date.
- List of things that you do not want. This is important, for example you may have lots of pairs of trousers and be tempted to buy another pair because they look a bargain. However, when you think about it you are unlikely to wear them and who knows in the next shop you might just see an item from your most wanted list!
- Now think about smaller items – shoes, jewellery, bags. A few of these items can really add to your appearance and change the look of some of your favourite clothes.
You should now be fully prepared for your sales shopping. Keep your list with you and before you are tempted to pay for anything ensure you have a look at the list and check that you are making a wise purchase.