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Who can resist?

Who can resist? With everything you ever needed at eye-wateringly low prices for those summer holidays. Don’t get too carried away though - it can be difficult not to splurge on unnecessary items.

Come on hands up – how many of you have got items in your wardrobe with the ‘sale’ tag still on?

Here are some tips on how to avoid breaking the bank on those ‘bargains’ and most important of all how to have fun while you’re doing it.

What to expect

When you hit the shops there will be lots of items in the sales from this season’s hottest colours. But it’s worth taking a minute to consider if you will want to wear ‘neon’ for example or a bomber jacket in shiney silk next season, when everyone else has moved on to another colour or clothing item that is more fashionable. Everyone will know what year you bought it in. High fashion items never have longevity.

Items to buy that will be fashionable in the autumn

So buy wisely. Items that will also be around for autumn include:

  • Mini and midi skirts
  • Boho
  • Anything in suede
  • Flat shoes
  • Glitz
  • Anything in red

Make a list

Before setting off, make a shopping list of everything you wish to purchase and set yourself a budget.

There is no point in buying something that is heavily reduced if you don’t really need it. Don’t be swayed by any amount of saving. If you will never use it or wear it, what’s the point?

Getting started

Go out on a day when you are feeling positive and energised – we all know this varies. Any purchase made to cheer you up will undoubtedly be a mistake.

Shopping is tiring so:

  • Wear comfortable and easy to remove footwear
  • If you are shopping for a dress, take some higher shoes and tights with you. Don’t try and imagine how it would look with your pop socks on.
  • Be sure to apply some make-up so you look your best
  • Wear a good bra and decent underwear. You want to look respectable if you are stripping off
  • Don’t layer, it’s so time consuming when you are trying things on
  • Keep a watchful eye on your handbag – thieves love crowded shops and distracted ladies
  • Take a few coffee breaks and of course have a delicious lunch – don’t forget the diet starts tomorrow