Shopping for the best fashion pieces is like going on a big adventure; it’s both exciting and challenging at the same time. While there is an endless array of brands, trends, retailers, and special offers to go through, you still have to go the extra mile to find the best pieces for less.
Fortunately, there are expert shoppers who are so good at doing just that. We spoke to some of them and collected the top 5 tips and tricks on how you can save on fashion without sacrificing style or comfort. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
1. Shop Two Seasons Ahead
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There is no better time to shop for sophisticated swimwear than mid-November or early December. Summer is still months away, but summer trends are forming on the market, the best pieces are already available, and you have fantastic deals on them.
Shopping off-season is a known trick, but not every shopper gets how to do it properly. You want to shop ahead and give yourself plenty of time, but you also want to shop intelligently. This means paying closer attention to upcoming collections and releases.
2. Go Timeless
Sticking with shopping ahead as a theme, another way to get around trendy items and limited-use pieces is by sticking with timeless items that are easy to mix and match with other pieces; more specifically, with other pieces you already have.
Timeless pieces are easier to find these days. In fact, many ready-to-wear collections are designed to be flexible enough to wear off-season. There are also pieces that are versatile by nature, such as T-shirts, well-made jeans, and jackets.
3. Browse Offline, Buy Online
Nothing beats the satisfaction of trying on new fashion pieces and seeing if they fit you perfectly. Yes, online shopping is how you find the best deals, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some offline browsing every now and then.
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Visiting local retailers and trying new pieces is still a lot of fun. Thanks to smartphones, you can compare online and offline prices (and deals) in seconds, so you know you are always getting the best price whenever you decide to buy a new piece.
4. Indie Brands Are Your Friends
Until very recently, indie brands were either very expensive or very affordable. Today, the majority of them are relatively closer to customers, and the changing market has something to do with that. Many independent brands have great-quality merchandise without the hefty price tags.
Don’t dismiss indie brands immediately. Check out their catalogs and review their prices before making up your mind. You’ll be surprised by the kind of fashion pieces and accessories you will find, and of course by their prices.
5. Sleep on It
Last but not least, try not to be impulsive when doing fashion shopping. Give it a day; if you still want the item after a day, then you can go for it (assuming the price is right). There is a reason why you hesitated in the first place.
Besides, you can always find the same (or a similar) item again, plus you gain the benefit of being able to compare deals and discounts more thoroughly. Combined with the other 4 tips in this article, you are now ready to save every time you shop for fashion pieces.