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Alia Al Monla

Smart Sales shopping

Sun,Feb 01, 2015


all love a bargain, but don't let the slashed prices cloud your style judgment. It is very easy to fall into the "buy it because it's cheaper" trap for everything you see. Discounted pieces that you will rarely or never wear can still be a fairly costly mistake.

Ideally, you want to do some research beforehand. Look at what your wardrobe is missing and try to go with an idea of what you need rather than a scattergun approach. Of course there may be that unexpected item that catches your eye, but make sure it attracts you for the right reason.  

 
Beware of...


Hanger appeal
Just because it looks gorgeous on the hanger, it doesn't mean it will look as good on you. Try it on!

 

What condition the item is in
Is it discounted because the fabric is damaged or the zip needs replacing?  You don't want to spend money having it mended.

 

Fashion prints
Will you wear it in two months time, let alone next autumn/winter?

 

Colours that you know don't work for you
When you know, you know.  Yes you would love to be able to wear fuchsia pink and it is such a gorgeous top, but every time you try on that colour you look dreadful in it. Put the item down!!

 

Styles that aren't 'you'
Sometimes we are attracted to clothes for reasons we can't explain. You never wear chiffon but you've seen a chiffon blouse that takes your fancy - and it is discounted. It's fine to experiment and step out of your comfort zone now and again, but ask yourself "Is it really you?". If you don't feel 'you' in it, you will never wear it.

 

All that glitters
Leftovers from party wear collections. It is always useful to invest in some party outfits and even better at discount. Just be sure that you genuinely like the style and that it's a good look on you, don't buy it simply because it's a cheap(er) party dress.  


Make 2015 the year you find your unique style

 

 

Alia Al Monla
Owner/ Manager Colour Me Beautiful Arabia  
* Alia provides training & image consultancy for personal & corporate clients in the Middle East
www.cmbarabia.com
alia@cmbarabia.com
Twitter: @AliaAlMonla
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