It's that time of season where retailers need to get rid of old stock to make room for the new; good news as you can pick up some goodies at discounted prices and save some money in the process. I love sales as much as the next guy, but as I’ve said before, it is all about being smart with your purchases and getting items that you’re actually going to wear or are willing to give a try.
Here's three perspectives that you could adopt when tackling sales:
a) Trying something new
Never thought you would suit that shirt, jacket, hat or whatever it is and didn’t want to fork out full price? Well, now it’s a bit cheaper. If you don't mind spending the sale amount then you can take it for a spin without taking on too much risk in terms of cost/benefit. Branching out of your comfort zone and just trying something different can really benefit your wardrobe and your perspective on clothing. Maybe you have never worn a yellow shirt or have never tried a pair of loafers - grow some balls and do it, you might just like them.
Still doesn’t quite work out for you? If the sale is final then you can try and sell it on TradeMe, eBay, Walk in Wardrobe or give it to charity if you’d like the warm fuzzies.
b) Replacing your basics and uniform
Sales are a great time to replace your uniform and your basics by getting better quality items at a cheaper price whilst not losing your look and style. This is always a good route to take if you are not quite sure what you want from sales but still want to make the most of the sale period.
You have always wanted a Gitman Vintage oxford button down; now is the time to get one, or replace your old one. Your current sneakers are in tatters; it’s a great time to go and get some fresh New Balances to replace them in a similar colourway.
c) Buy what you have always wanted
I cannot stress this point enough. You may now finally be able to afford that item that you have always wanted. Maybe it’s a $500 jacket from your favourite brand/designer and now it’s down to $250 - it’s your time to buy it. Take the leap, and make sure you do, because most likely it’s not coming back. Buy the things you want and that you couldn’t justify spending full price for or couldn’t afford. Don’t settle for less.
Again this is where investment thinking is imperative - buying quality over quantity and items that’ll age well and last you a good amount of time. Being smart with your purchases is always key; know what you’re buying, ask questions, read the labels, and look up reviews because you don’t want to be ripped off.
So go and check out what’s on sale and think about what you need, and what you want. Have a look around online as well, there are some great retailers having huge sales right now. Some of my picks would be Mr. Porter if you are into menswear, suiting and smart casual wear, Need Supply Co. if you like American casual style and high end street wear and finally Unionmade if you like soft tailoring, Japanese and American influenced clothing made with some of the best quality materials.