How to Shop Sale Season: 5 Important Questions To Ask Before You Buy

Sale Alert

Summer sales are here, and it’s a great reason to treat yourself to a special piece that you’ve been coveting but wouldn’t (or couldn’t) pay full price for. Start your bargain hunt early to get the best selection. Here are some of our favorite pieces on sale NOW, as well as our guide to a smart sale hunt. Click on the images to shop our stylists’ picks.

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Alexander Wang Glossed Leather Mules,
Victoria Beckham Dress,
ACNE Sunglasses,

 1. Is it flattering? 

Or, in words of The Man Repeller, “Are you trying to dress a body that is not yours? Often times, I forget that I am not Emmanuelle Alt.”  Do you keep looking at low-rise pants, when in fact a high waist looks much more flattering on your body? Go for the pieces that look good on your body the way it is now, not the way it will be after you give that gym membership some steam.

1a. Is it comfortable?

Can I wear it without being tortured?

2. Does is represent my image? 

The fact that you saw the piece on someone else (i.e. a Vogue editor or a fashion blogger), isn’t enough of a reason to go out and splurge on the same stuff.  Remember that a lot of those people get sent designer stuff for free to be a walking and talking advertisement for the brand. Really think about your style type and what works the best for you. See our guide to summer essentials for each style type to get inspired. For example, chic style types would look great in this Jason Wu safari jacket worn over a pop of color t-shirt, or in this dreamy McQueen blazer over a white t-shirt.

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3. Do I already own something similar? 

If you found a beautiful LBD at a great price doesn’t necessarily mean that you must get it, unless you’re getting rid of the ones you already have. A lot of times, the more we own, the less we wear. So instead, focus on getting pieces that will complete your existing looks. Or, go for something a little different: for example, a leather LBD or a sleek Jason Wu jumpsuit.


4. Can I use it for at least 3 looks in my existing wardrobe? 

You don’t need to get a brand-new wardrobe every season: it’s all about the statement pieces that will instantly update your look – whether it’s a pop of color bag, or a metallic shoe. Updating our entire closet isn’t necessary for feeling like you’ve got a brand-new wardrobe. 

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5. Is it a piece I can wear next season, or a one-season wonder?

Not everything you buy has to be an investment piece that you will pass on to your grandchildren. At the same time, splurging on something that’s obviously an “it” piece that everyone recognizes, isn’t worth it most of the times. For example, florals are a huge trend this season, but we can say with certainty that these Mary Katrantzou floral pumps and skirt will be just as wearable a year from now.

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