With the Zara sale starting this week, I can finally feel like the summer sales have arrived and so has an opportunity to revamp your summer wardrobe. Playsuits, halter necks, cute sandals, cheeky bit of sideboob and of course COLOUR are just a few of my fave things about summer fashion that get me very excited about the season! The only thing better than summer fashion is buying summer fashion for less than full price! Now, it’s only right I let you know how to shop the sales correctly to avoid wasting: time, money or too much effort. Well this is what I do anyway, especially since I cut down on my old unnecessary shopping habits.
Do you really need to shop these sales?
I ask myself this every year but the answer is always ‘Yes you do girl!’ Bargains are a-plenty from all of your favourite brands so what’s not to love? As I said before though, it’s all about the way in which you shop. If you have limitless funds, you can splurge till your heart’s content on just about anything. However, I know for the most part, the majority of us young souls have bills and a social life that needs funding. So as much as it’s a time to take advantage of the discounts, don’t feel like you have to give in and buy something, especially in the case where you don’t actually need anything. Summer is the most trend-led season. However, as long as you have a selection of classics as well as some colour in there – you’ll look good regardless and be content that you haven’t splurged all your coins to do so. Classic summer wardrobe essentials (in my opinion) include:
Denim: lighter coloured jeans, shorts, short shorts (they are two different things lool), dungarees, skirts, shirts etc.
Tops: crop tops, classic white tees, vests, strappy camis, bodysuits and lightweight (usually cotton) shirts/blouses.
Lightweight jackets: trench coats, kimonos and the must-have denim jacket.
One piece wonders: when your whole outfit is the ONE item e.g. maxi dresses, playsuits, jumpsuits, cami dresses…I could go on but you get the point!
Sandals: get your toesies out for your flip flops, wedges, gladiators (they never go out of fashion), other strappy sandal heels and good ol’ espadrilles.
Trainers: or keep your toesies away from view in some Converses, Vans or whatever your trainers are both cosy and cute.
Accessories: sunglasses, beach/shopper/tote bags, cross body bags, clutches and my ultimate fave – backpacks!
If you have the majority of what I’d consider ‘essentials’ and you still like the look of them and they fit well then there’s no need to really splurge on the sales however you might spot things you’re missing or clothes that no longer fit your personal style. If that’s the case then my next tip may come in handy!
Look ahead…but not too hard!
Start looking in-store or online at the brands/stores you’re a fan of and wear often. See what they already have on offer at full price before their sales even begin. More often, I find that if I like an item before it got reduced, I’m more likely to wear it and keep it. However if it’s the price that makes you want that top or those shoes, think about how you’d style it up with what you already have to see how much you’d actually wear it/them. If you’re browsing in store, you can take pictures of the item as well as the bar/product code and of course you can try it on (the queues will be hella long though). If you’re doing your pre-sale spying online, make sure to use the wishlist option if available e.g. ASOS’ ‘Saved Items’ section. All online stores will ask you to sign up to the website to keep track of your wishlist which I think is worth it and saves you time browsing for the same thing over and over again. Most sites will also notify you if the product is out of stock which is also a time and effort saver.
Having said everything I just said above though, sometimes it’s best to just wing it and rock up to store and just pick what catches your eye…provided you stay within your budget that is!
Decide on a budget
This is so important! Your budget will determine many things from the types of stores you target to what point during the sale period is best to do your sale shopping. I read an article that said the best times to shop the sales are right at the beginning and the very end and I agree (because that’s what I’m used to doing) but don’t spend what you don’t have just for the sake of it! Personally, I don’t have anything I really NEED this summer plus I have a small budget to work with (trying to up my saving game) so I’m looking to make my purchases in the last couple of weeks towards the end where most lines will be 70%+ off for most brands/stores to buy little things. However, if you follow me on Insta, @thesaleshopper, you’d have seen on my story recently that I made a cheeky trainers order from size? the day their sale launched. I spent £115 on three pairs of trainers! Yes, a bit cheeky but I was only thinking of one of my mantras at the time which is…
Buy now, return later!
This is my go-to motto in life. Just think about it. If you don’t buy that item there and then it may be gone forever. Then again, if you do buy it, there is no obligation to keep it! I don’t know about you but I’m very indecisive (it’s a Libra thing) so I’d rather have the item and let it go knowing I don’t want it anymore, rather than to not have had it all and regret it. Out of the three trainers, two were white so I already knew I was going to return one. Then the third pair is what I like to call a wildcard choice – something that caught my eye that I usually wouldn’t wear so that was a 50/50 chance to either keep or return them. I ended up returning these too and at no cost or hassle for free with hardly any hassle thanks to Doddle.
Use Click + Collect
When buying online, the best delivery option in my opinion is to Click & Collect from store. It’s always free and gives you an excuse to browse the store whilst picking up your online order to spot some extra bargain goodness. For shops like Zara, you might have to deal with extra long queues for the tills and fitting rooms but it can be worth it depending on what you find and if you try on your order along with your in-store findings and want to make both a return and purchase, you can wait in the one customer service queue (again always a long one) to return and purchase all in one transaction!
My fave click & collect spot is Doddle. A newish package delivery service with branches everywhere from train stations, to supermarkets, to shopping centres like Westfield. I find this very convenient as I work a 9-5 and I’m hardly at home on weekends to wait for deliveries. They open early and close late 7 days a week so there’s always a day where you can pop in and it takes less than 5 minutes to collect your order and be on your way. The BEST thing about Doddle in addition to their hassle-free order collection is their even more hassle-free returns service. Available for online brands that both have and don’t have physical stores – it really is so simple and easy to use. All you need to have done is the returns form, they can also print spares off in store so you don’t have to bother yourself finding somewhere to print one. No need to trek to the post office early on a Saturday morning.
To make a return all you have to do is:
- Choose the most convenient Doddle location to drop off your returns.
- You don’t have to wrap the item as they can do that for you – totally your call.
- Be on your way and await your return confirmation email within a week tops!
Doddle works with loads of brands but I’ve put a list below of ones we’re more familiar with:
House of Fraser
Pretty Little Thing
So there you have my advice/tips on how to shop the summer sales a bit more wisely. I have more tips and sale wishlists that I’ll be sharing halfway through the sales so check back in to see those or follow my social medias so you’re the first one to know when a post goes up. I’m very sure we’ll all be looking incredibly on point for all the festivals, BBQs, weddings and all other lovely occasions that the Sun brings.