The Sales Can Be Fabulous And They Can Be Disastrous

28 May

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We’re currently in what can be, not quite disastrous, but certainly a dangerous period.   Sales time.

This is the time when costly shopping mistakes are frequently made.

It’s when we can be easily lured into buying something we don’t really love, that isn’t at all flattering and doesn’t one bit represent the style and image we want to portray.

Here’s a scenario to think about…

You’ve been looking for something to wear to a friends wedding and not having much luck. You head out to the shops, thinking I have to get something today. I’m getting desperate.

You walk into a designer shop where they’re having a big sale. You’re thinking, this looks promising. But discover the only thing in your size is this pale pink satin ruched dress (pictured above).  It’s original price was $2072 and it’s on sale for $300.  And it’s Nina Ricci.  OMG you think.  I could never afford a designer dress like this normally.  This is such a huge bargain. You try it on and it fits even though the neckline is too high for you, the length too short, you don’t really like the color (and it’s too pale for you) and you have no idea what underwear you’ll be able to wear to smooth out the lumps and bumps, which the shiny fabric seems to be highlighting.  But it’s designer, it fits, it’s such a bargain and you’re desperate to buy something.  The wedding is only 3 weeks away.

You’re still debating whether or not you should take it or not when the sales person comes over and tells you you look incredible in it and that it’s beautifully made and only a handful of them were created – therefore nobody else will be wearing the same as you on the night.  She gives you some ideas for how to accessorise it and how you could wear your hair and by now you’re starting to think it must look good if she says so.  She works in fashion so she probably knows better than you.  She could be right – the light’s not great in the change room, you don’t have any makeup on and you’re wearing bad undies.

What do you do?   Do you buy it or leave it?

*If you do buy it…do you feel incredible when you wear it or do you feel uncomfortable, unauthentic and wish you’d bought something that was flattering to your shape and reflected your style?

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