how to shop a sale | designlovefest
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we’re quickly approaching sale season! the matches fashion sale started monday and i suspect that netaporter will begin their sale any day now. i almost never buy anything full price, either purchasing second hand (consignment stores, ebay, depop, etc) or i buy it on sale. lots of people are intimidated by sales, which i totally understand, so i thought i’d offer a few tips on how i snag a deal.

• first, i only buy items that are returnable (unless i’ve tried it on before and know it fits), there is no point in buying something on sale that can’t be returned because it’ll end up costing you more money if it doesn’t work out. luckily, almost all online retailers offer free returns.

• secondly, i don’t just scroll endless pages of sale items, i know what i’m looking for or what brands i like and i search for them. for instance, i want a black one piece bathing suit, so i’ll type that into the search bar, or a floral wrap dress. and i’ll search by designer too, i like almost anything Ulla Johnson does so i’ll search for her.

how to shop a sale | designlovefest

• read the reviews, many items that go on sale have something off about them, they either run too big, or too small or aren’t as described. i’ve found major deals on something that runs small simply because people don’t like ordering two sizes up (which i understand, it’s not fun!).

• shop for classics, i have a list of items that i’d love to own one day and i’m always looking for them to go on sale (i.e. the mansur gavriel pieces i listed below). some of my favorite life long pieces are ones i’ve scored on sale, like my Burberry trench coat. it seems fun and exciting to order that pair of red silk pants, but it’s also exciting to buy a classic black cashmere turtleneck that you’ll wear 1,000 x.

• be as ruthless of a critic with sale items as you would be with something that is full price. i can’t tell you how many times in my life i’ve bought something i just like (not love) because it’s on sale, and it always ends up being a mistake. an item on sale still costs money, if you don’t love it, return it.

how to shop a sale | designlovefest

• and finally, don’t be afraid to order a lot, order multiple sizes of an item you love and you can return what doesn’t work. once a box arrives, i try everything on almost immediately and return the next day so that it’s not sitting around the house taking up space.

and here are a few items i’m dreaming over at the matchesfashion.com sale!

Bliss and Mischief blouse $184 – hilary is a local LA designer who has the great line, Bliss and Michief. she makes great jeans and t-shirts and i also love this top. i have a feeling this color is going to be in demand after Amal wore it to the royal wedding.

Mansur Gavriel bag $556 – a totally splurge item, for sure, but if you’ve been eyeing the it bags by Mansur Gavriel now is your time to strike.

Self-portrait dress $227 – i don’t own anything by self-portrait but i love their use of textures in creating their designs. i think this dress would be the perfect thing to wear to a summer wedding.

Self-portrait top $204 – again with Self-portrait and also with the texture. you can’t go wrong with a white blouse and i love the detail on this one.

DVF little red dress $234 – look at this dress on the model, looks great on the body and it’s a fun alternative to the little black dress.

Isabel Marant $395 – sweaters are an often overlooked wardrobe investment but i wear them all year long and i think a neutral color sweater is a great piece to have.

Eve denim jacket $219 – a lined denim jacket that feels close to the much more expensive Saint Laurent one.

Isabel Marant earrings $297 – a pair of statement earrings that you can wear over and over again.

Mansur Gavriel tote $409 – another Mansur find, one of their first shapes, the classic tote. i also like this zip-around wallet.

Re/Done originals $203 – bri and i both own these jeans in black and they’re great. i wouldn’t mind the light version.

Masscob cotton shorts $157 – i like a good pair of shorts but i don’t like them to be too short or too long, these high rise ones look like a good option.

Preen crepe top $187 – i’m slow to purchase pretty tops because i usually gravitate towards a dress but a fancy top and jeans is a really solid outfit. the top in crepe looks really delicate and sweet.


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    Eva says:

    I love that self portrait dress!! Great tips too. I only shop online with stores that do free returns as well! And definitely no final sales – you’ll always end up regretting those!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

    wow, look, i like them so much, the design is very beautiful and unique.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection. I love one.

    I love that self portrait dress!! Great tips too.

    I love the portrait connection its bright colors designs all were fabulous very good collection have i like your blog …

    shona says:

    hello darling

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