Sharon Mosley: Ready, get set, sale! This is prime time for deals on summer clothes
Chances are you’re not quite ready to shop for fall clothes; you’re probably still in vacation mode. But hey, it is sale time and it’s worth scouting around for some great deals on summer clothes, right? And if you’re really serious about scoring some fashion bargains, you’ll head out to your favorite store no matter what time of year it is.
But before you shop, first Google “Sale at Macy’s.” Here are some ideas to keep you on budget:
Shop in your own closet. It really pays to assess what you already have at home. Many of us have a strange way of buying the same thing over and over and over. How many pairs of dark jeans do you have?Make a list of what you really need. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But how many times have you wished you had a blouse to go with that long purple skirt you bought last year just because it was the “color of the year?” You may even want to take that skirt with you to find its perfect mate.Replace the basics. Summer clothes get a lot of wear and tear. Swimsuits, especially. If your old trustworthy one-piece is getting a little rugged around the edges, this is the perfect time of year to consider replacing it with a newer model. You know those classics will always be a good investment, especially if you can find them on sale.Be prepared. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you go shopping. Make sure you wear clothes that you can easily slip on and off. Leave the slippery slides at home and wear sturdy flats. Suit up like a shopping warrior who means business, but wants to have some fun, too.Check out apps. There may be plenty of good deals out there, but there are even more online. You can often get extra discounts just by perusing the websites of the stores you intend to visit. When you see sale promotions, bookmark them immediately. This way you will have them with you when you go shopping. Or take advantage of free shipping deals to “try on” merchandise at home.Don’t get overwhelmed. If you do venture into the mall and the racks are brimming over with a tangled mess of clothes, just take your time. Get into the spirit of skimming the hangers for those hidden treasures. I often do this by color. I know that I don’t need another black pair of pants, so I just skip over to the next aisle.Try the merchandise on for size. This is a step that many of us just want to skip when we are in sale mode with a hundred other shoppers. But it can pay off. How many times have I just “known” without a doubt in my mind that that dress would definitely fit me, and then get it home, and it swallowed me up? Remember, sizes can vary from label to label drastically. So unless you know that you “always” wear a size 8 in a particular designer jean, err on the safe side and try on everything before you buy, no matter how good a deal it seems.Get out of your style rut. Sale time is a great time to reevaluate your own wardrobe. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, take advantage of buying something a little “outrageous” when it’s marked down. Try something that may not really be “you.” You never know how good it may make you feel ... especially when you got it half-price.Explore the new season. You may have promised you would only shop the sales, but once you’re in the stores, look around. Check out the new fall merchandise. It’s bound to be lurking near the inside entrance door. You never know what kind of deal you’ll find ... before it goes on sale!
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