Jacket, Heels, Skirt: Zara | Top: Nava | Bag: Hermes | Necklace: Forever 21 | Watch: Rolex
Like most homo sapiens with the XX Chromosomes, I enjoy shopping during Sale Season. Who doesn’t, right? Even those with the rebellious hipster streak in them love it deep down. Each one has their own reason for deriving pleasure out of Sales, be it for the thrill of saving money, or the gratification received from hoarding, or simply basking in the obvious proof that consumerist ideals are not at all fool-proof as sales are conducted as a result of lean months or disposing of slow-moving merchandise.
That said, as much as I love it, I’ve also come to hate it with the strength of ten thousand suns. I’m your average stereotypical consumer wherein I like to spend my hard-earned keep–I do so very often, like say, thrice a week give or take. So when sales happen, I am confronted with the reality that the 2,995 PHP unworn top I got from Zara (that’s still rotting in my closet because I’ve either completely forgot about its existence or I haven’t found the perfect bottom to pair it with yet) is now fifty percent off! Also, I abhor the existence of long lines at the cash register or people elbowing me just to get a little bit of advantage in securing coveted closet deals that should have been mine in the first place had they actually avoided being too physical. Enough said!
So if you’re a little bit impatient like me, with this burgeoning feeling of self-entitlement (because it’s an unwritten rule that fashionistas–experts or budding–should be given dibs during sales) , then you have to learn to keep a “Sweet Disposition.” You know, like the song from 500 Days of Summer (that every self-proclaimed hipster in this planet has on their iTunes). Blowing your top during sales will give you premature wrinkles and stress-induced pimples and we simply can’t have that.
Dominique Tiu’s Top 5 Sure-Fire Ways on How to Keep a Sweet Disposition During Sale Season
- Don’t ever rush the entire process. Shopping during Sale Season is no different from regular shopping. You still have to discern if the pieces you’re getting are worth the money you’re spending. Sure, they’re loads cheap at 90% off or something but if it’s not a piece you’re totally in love with then it shouldn’t be in your closet. There’s nothing worst than the feeling of buyer’s remorse the moment you step out of the store.
- Don’t get into a wrestling match with whoever is making a grab for the item you were just reaching out to get. It’s not worth it. Chances are, the other person needed it more so think of it as charity.
- High Street Stores or foreign giants always have further reductions so when you’re shopping and a particular item you’re eyeing still has multiple stocks, be chummy with the friendliest looking sales person and sweet talk your way into asking when the next reduction is. When you’re nice/a regular client, they will tell you in confidence, and will even offer to reserve the items you like until the last reduction!
- When you’re shopping in a store with a Women’s and Men’s section, always check the cash register at the Men’s when you’re about to pay! Since men don’t shop as much as women (that’s why their sections are smaller), the line is usually shorter. You get to save time and effort (as well as reduce the chance for temptation).
- Particularly for the Impatient: know your size by heart so you won’t have to fall in line at the fitting room. Besides, most stores offer a 7-day return policy so if your item doesn’t fit, you can return it some other time when the sale crowd isn’t too overwhelming.
Hope my tips help! In the end, the best way is to be positive… or to just stick to regular priced items when the Sale Season is over (just in case anyone missed the point, the post was semi-satirical).
Anyway, this was an outfit I wore to shopping pre-Sale Season. Unfortunately, the jacket, the skirt, and the shoes I’m wearing are all for sale now at Zara (which makes me really sad). On the bright side, I wore it before the sale (but posted it late). Here are some more photos… if you want to check out my old posts regarding sales, check out: Shopping for Clothes on Sale and Keeping Up (With the Sale Season).