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How To: Shop a Sale

How To: Shop a Sale

If there’s one thing all of us love it’s finding a bargain, and for the shopaholics amongst us there’s nothing better than an end of season sale. But are you really finding a bargain if you’re buying something you don’t need, or won’t wear? And how do you know if you really love it, or are just enticed by the low price? To help you navigate the end of season sales and emerge with some beautiful pieces to complete your wardrobe, we’ve compiled our top tips for shopping a sale.

  • Shop with a plan

  • Before shopping the sales, take the time to give your wardrobe a good clean out and work out what is missing, as well as what you tend to overbuy. Make a list of items that would complete your capsule wardrobe, such as a denim jacket, a good black skirt or a nice pair of tan sandals, and don’t buy anything that isn’t on this list. Sales are also a great time to shop for birthday gifts, so making a list of upcoming birthdays and events you might want to buy for is also a good idea.

  • Stick to a budget

  • It’s not worth going into debt to nab a bargain, so make sure you consider how much you’re willing to spend, and stick to it. This will help you avoid any post-sale guilt or regret. 

  • Love it or leave it

  • There’s no sense in buying an item you don’t really love just because it’s on sale - in fact, this applies to shopping outside of sale time too. Only buying items you love ensures you will wear them and cherish them for years to come. One trick is to double the price of the item in your head and consider if you’d still buy it for that price. If you would, that’s a sure sign that it’s right for you!

  • Try On and Check Policies

  • It’s important to try on sale items to make sure they fit perfectly, especially since most stores will not offer refunds or exchanges on sale items - be sure to check their policies before buying. If the fit isn’t quite right, you can consider getting your item tailored, which is always a great option for a beautiful and flattering fit, but make sure you factor in the cost of any alterations. 

  • Can you wear it five ways?

  • A good rule of thumb when buying any clothing item, especially sale items, is to consider if you can wear it five ways, or with five items you already have in your wardrobe. If considering a new blazer on sale, for example, think about if you can wear it with a dress, jeans, a pair of tailored pants, a jumpsuit or belted, all of which you already own. If it’s going to be lonely in your existing wardrobe, it’s just not the right piece for you. 

    Now that we’ve armed you with our best advice for sale shopping, take a look at some of our top sale picks that are available in store and online now at Crisp. 

    Lovelies Spot Slides

    A pair of animal print slides will pair with anything in your wardrobe and as the leopard-print lovers among us know, this print just doesn’t ever go out of style. Beautifully soft and well made, these are a bargain that will keep on giving.

    Tuesday Nina Blazer


    A taupe blazer is a perfect summer jacket, a chic style and soft colour that pairs well with floral dresses and sandals, but can also be worn in winter with a pink cashmere and sneakers. A must-buy if the fit is right!

    Arlington Milne Dakota Shirt


    A classic silk-cotton shirt is an absolute must in any wardrobe, and the cut and colour of this beautiful shirt are just gorgeous. It’s a piece that will be getting you compliments for years to come. Add to cart!

    Style Laundry Cotton Midi Black Dress


    This beautiful piece is perfect for layering and sustainably made to boot. Wear it on its own in summer or layer it up in winter with a turtleneck, tights, a belt, boots or blazer. This is that piece you’ll still have in 15 years. 

    Elk Karrie Jumpsuit


    If you can pull off a full length denim jumpsuit/boiler suit, then you absolutely must! This is one you really need to try on to make sure the fit is right, but if it is, you won’t ever want to take it off. 

    Shop our full sale range online now! Happy shopping. 

    x Team Crisp

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