Welcome to my world of shopping. If something’s not in an offer, I think long and hard before I commit. I’ve spent most of my adult life on the other side of the till, managing, training and, outfit building for customers and being targeted on selling at least 2 units per customer. This is one of many “KPI’s” a sales assistant is asked to achieve. This can be the nasty side of retail, depending on the retailer of course. And it’s the profit margins that really hurt your soul when you realise what they are; after all, it’s not news to know we’re paying in to a brand. But what I really miss about the fashion retail industry though is a new season launch, trends, trying on, fashion shows and helping someone dress their best for an occasion while showing them what works for them an why.
So I’m going to say it now; I am a fashion marketing nightmare. Unless it’s a really desirable and quality piece like my Mulberry bag, I won’t commit to paying full price for some of the rubbish that we see off the peg (viscose being the worst offender here). When I buy, I pick investment pieces that I can mix and match in my working wardrobe. I never buy something just because it looks cute. I get bored too easily of styles if I wear them too frequently and more importantly, fashion comes, goes and comes back again. Charity shopping and I are a match made in heaven, or even better, jumble sale shopping. A charity benefits and I get to treat myself to more things in the long run.
So this video features my bargain wedding guest Summer outfit I purchased last month. And remember, if you want to look your best, then colour and cut are key, not the price you paid but lessons in this is a whole other blog post.
I didn’t spend days looking for this outfit, maybe an hour, max. My local Sue Ryder charity shop has a long term £1 sale on clothing and my Myton Hospice shop had a one day only £1 sale that I’d been told about the previous week. The Myton team were a dream as once I picked a multicoloured dress (giving me more choice on what accessories to team up), they then scoured through their shop to find a fascinator and bag which I could work with. Thank you so if you are reading, you are a credit to your charity. In fact, my nails were the most expensive treat here.
So, I hope you enjoy this video and if you have any questions, suggestions and what not, please comment below.
I look forward to some more frugal OOTD with Christmas lurking around the corner.
Happy bargain hunting!
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