After-Christmas sales are full of temptation. It's easy to get distracted by that purple Russian fur hat with an 80% discount.
But do you really need it? Slashed prices and the desire to beat your fellow shoppers to that once-in-a-lifetime special price can be dangerous for your wallet and closet alike.
How do you keep focused but still enjoy hitting the sales? With a plan.
And here it is:
- Do an Inventory of your closet. Take stock of what you have. What are the basic pieces (suits?) that you already have that can be updated by just a new top, accessory or shoes?
Set a budget. Stick to it. No excuses. One trick is paying in cash. Once it's done, so are you.
- Pre-shop online so that you can put your wardrobe together and see it all in one place. There are lots of tools that you can use to create your virtual wardrobe and see how far your budget can go.
Prioritize. What do you really need? Work clothes? Play clothes? Outfits to flirt in? Set a goal. For example, if you need new professional attire according to your field, identify the key pieces that you need and don't allow any extraneous purchases until you've met those needs. However, when you're out there, let your eye be drawn to things that are outside your target, knowing that you can get it once your primary needs are met.
- Go designer. Investment pieces are best procured during the sales. You know that bag, those shoes that you were dying for that would go with everything? Now's the time. Often, high-end stores are the places to go for timeless luxury items that will not only make you feel good, but dress-up any outfit.
Remember, the goal is to fill-in the gaps in your existing wardrobe. If your closet is small, practice the one-in one-out rule.
Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Go shop till you drop – smartly!