How To Shop SALES

With every major retailer currently pushing their mid-summer SALES, we thought we would put together some top tips so that you can make the most of the bargains on offer right now. Often once the sales start, you feel a need to pick up items so you are not missing out; they often create panic buying and disappointment once the initial buzz of getting something for 70% cheaper wears off.

Well not any more! Today we have some great tips from one of our women’s writers, Emmie Hughes. She is a seasoned SALE shopper (aren’t all women?) and knows how to get the very best value from clothing sales. The tips below apply to both online and in store sale shopping, so take a read through and arm yourself with the knowledge you need in order to make the best decisions for your wardrobe and wallet.

Top SALE Shopping Tips
  1. Think about what you want/need beforehand. Have a look through your wardrobe and make a note of anything your lacking, or read up on current and future trends on FashionBeans to get some ideas. This way you know what to look out for, instead of aimlessly browsing/sifting through piles of rubbish.
  2. Look at the original price. It is easy to be influenced by a £15 price tag, but when it only cost £18 originally it doesn’t seem such a good deal.
  3. Look to the future. Before you buy something, ask yourself: “Is this a good purchase, or is this just a passing fashion” i.e. won’t be caught dead in it in a few months?
  4. Stick to your own personal style. Don’t suddenly decide you fancy channelling the biker look just because you spot a leather-studded jacket with 70% off.
  5. Think rationally. Never buy anything just because it’s cheap. Think: “would I really buy this if it was full priced?” Remember: it is only saving money if you actually like, and are going to wear the item.
  6. Look for gifts. Found something that would look great on your friend/family? Buy it and keep it for their birthday – even if it’s a few months away, you’ll save a few pennies and spare yourself a last-minute dash to the shops. Washbags, socks, wallets and the like are great for your brother, best mate, or your Dad.
  7. Restrict the number of holiday clothes. In the summer sales you can find so many shorts, vests, swimming shorts etc. that it’s easy to use the excuse of “needing it for holiday” to make a purchase. Limit the number of ‘holiday buys’ you make – let’s be honest, you don’t go away that much!
  8. Stock up on basics. Now is a good time to venture into the slightly more expensive shops (they have sales too you know!) and make a really smart purchase: a good quality item that you will get a lot of wear out of – it still might not be “cheap” in your book but it will be worth it.
  9. One for in store SALES – Go early. Crowds are not good for any of us. You either reveal a shamefully competitive side to your personality or just can’t be bothered and walk straight back out the shop (and hence miss out on some great bargains). It may be an obvious one, but if shopping in a calm environment helps you make sensible decisions, it is worth the effort of waking up a bit earlier.
  10. In Store: Check for any marks or rips. Don’t forget there’s a reason it’s on sale!

Quality Basics + Reduced Prices = Good Investments

my-wardrobe.com SALE – Now Up To 70% OFF!

So armed with your new found sale knowledge, our sponsor my-wardrobe has let us know that they have recently reduced the items in their own sale to the final discounting stage – up to 70% OFF!

This is a massive saving on some amazing premium brands, which means you can build your wardrobe with premium pieces at under half the price they would usually cost. Now is the time to invest in key basics and timeless pieces such as high quality footwear, blazers and shirts. In order to help you along your way, I have persuaded key members of the FashionBeans team to chime in with their own recommendations from the current sale items, along with the reasons why they want them in their own wardrobes.

FashionBeans Recommends: my-wardrobe SALE

Note: Products described from left to right.

Will Colman – Contributing Writer
  • Grenson Brown Leather Tassel Clifford Loafers
  • D&G White Stretch Poplin Slim Fit Shirt
  • Paul Smith Accessories Chocolate Washed Leather Ryker Overnight Bag
  • A.P.C. Grey Breton Stripe Cotton Knit
  • Acne Khaki Washed Guy Slim Chinos
  • Fred Perry White Twin Tipped Polo

1) Because shoes are the most important part of your outfit. Loafers will be forever cool; offering classic Italian style with lashings of sophistication that will see you through many seasons to come – Grenson offer only the best.

2) Get the basics right and the rest will follow, a decent white shirt should be present in every man’s wardrobe. This example from D&G gives you exactly what you need; a great cut, simple lines and that all important versatility; wear it with almost anything.

3) Save the Reebok holdall for the gym and invest in some quality luggage. An overnight bag is just the thing for those weekends away and this one from Paul Smith is perfect. It’s practical, it’s subtle, but still has enough edge to set you apart from the rest.

4) With subtle nods to nautical this jumper is very on trend – a great way to layer up in both spring/summer and autumn/winter.

5) The ubiquitous chino is a must have for any wardrobe and is the perfect alternative to jeans during the spring, summer and first few days of autumn. This slim cut offering from Acne create a sharper silhouette and cleaner lines; very useful in creating those timeless looks.

6) An iconic brand, an iconic design, the Fred Perry pique deserves its place in key fashion items. More formal than a standard tee but less structured than a shirt, it offers the perfect compromise and goes great with anything.

Ashley Cover – Menswear Stylist
  • PS Paul Smith Black Cotton Metal Belted Mac Coat
  • Nicole Farhi Light Beige Half Lined Washed Cotton Blazer
  • YMC Pink Enzyme Wash Zip Pocket Sweat Top
  • Levi's Vintage Clothing 1947 501 One Rinse Selvedge Straight Leg Jeans
  • Burberry Black Canvas Wheatley Tote Bag
  • b Store Navy Twill Liberty Floral Waistband Shorts

1) As much as we all long for a sun-filled summer, in reality, it probably won’t happen. Prepare yourself for those summer (autumn, winter, and spring) showers with this timeless mac from Paul Smith.

2) Whether worn to smarten up a casual outfit, or to dress down a smarter get-up, this summer blazer by Nicole Farhi is the perfect addition to any man’s wardrobe.

3) For those who didn’t know, the classic sweatshirt is back. I particularly love the zip detailing on this one by YMC.

4) Possibly one of the best fitting straight leg jeans that I have ever worked with; introducing the Levi 501.

5) Tis’ the year of the Tote Bag! This amazing piece from Burberry will see you through many a season to come.

6) Growing tired of your block coloured chino shorts? Add a classy touch of detail with this pair from B Store.

Luke Todd – Assistant Editor
  • Levi's Blue Jersey Lined Poplin Collegiate Bomber
  • Paul Smith Accessories Sky Mini Gingham Cotton Scarf
  • Levi's Contrast Vintage Wash Slim Denim Jacket
  • Paul Smith Accessories Vintage Broken Multi Stripe Wash Bag
  • Falke Navy Nautical Band Stripe Socks
  • Paul Smith Accessories Red Stained Glass Heart Cufflinks

1) Take a wardrobe excursion stateside with a 4th of July-inspired collegiate bomber. Red cups and sorority style at the ready. For a dressed up preppy look match up with a shirt and bow tie.

2) Exchange a knot at the throat for something a little less strait laced. Carry a cotton neck scarf in your bag, the bag that will ultimately carry you from office to bar.

3) Many – often those circa 1990 when dressed by their mothers – have an intrinsic aversion to denim jackets. Truth be told, I rather wish I was still reliant on her denim notoriety.

4) Unless you entered in to a precocious puberty, you may only just be realising the utility of a wash bag. A waterproof lining will preserve your clothes from being soaked in aftershave – the primitive blunder of a first date.

5) The ‘Mankle’ is being thrown around rather contemptuously lately. Bring the focus back to your ability to style rather than the ability to bare leg.

6) If the occasion means your shirt fastens with cufflinks rather than buttons, I’ve realised there’s rarely an open bar. Invest in a pair of cufflinks that border sartorial nonchalance without being too acquiescent to your boss’s demands.

Paul McGregor – Contributing Writer & Brighterman.com Founder
  • Vivienne Westwood Blue And Pink Stripe High Collar Shirt
  • Levi's Mid Wash Denim Sawtooth Shirt
  • Fred Perry Navy Twill Vintage Cross Body Tote
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Light Blue Pima Cotton V Knit
  • Nicole Farhi Grey Linen Tailored Trousers
  • Nudie Jeans Multi Block Stripe Tee

1) This high collar shirt from Vivienne Westwood can be worn all year round. It’s going to add an elegant touch to your looks, and the high collar adds originality. Vivienne Westwood is one of the greatest designers to embrace the fashion world, so this price is a steal.

2) A denim shirt can be worn various ways dependent on the season or look you’re trying to establish; this mid wash denim sawtooth shirt by Levi is a great snatch. Levi have paid close attention to detail with this shirt, including two sawtooth edge press stud closure chest pockets, along with a signature red branded Levi tab.

3) Cross-body bags are great for a lot of occasions, such as the gym, travelling, college or simply just for casual use. This Fred Perry canvas bag will be hard wearing, as well as versatile with a cross body strap and tote handles. Believe me, one you own this bag you will use it for so many occasions.

4) V-neck jumpers are something which I’m a sucker for currently, layering over a shirt and pairing with some chinos and loafers really achieves that smart casual look. I love the light blue colouring of this v-neck jumper by Ralph Lauren, with a contrasting yellow embroided logo. A lightweight cotton makes this jumper perfect for those warmer days also.

5) Grey tailoring featured heavily at Milan Fashion Week and these grey linen tailored trousers by Nicole Farhi are a favourite of mine. I personally like the two back button down pockets along with the unhemmed trouser cuffs. Grey tailoring is something I’m looking to adapt in my personal style and hopefully I’ll get an article written on it for you all soon.

6) Whatever season, stripes will always be heavily featured. This block coloured stripe t-shirt by Nudie Jeans is going to add a dash of colour to any of your looks. In A/W, neutralise it with dark colours layered over the top, such as a cardigan, jacket or denim shirt. In summer wear it paired with dark plain coloured chinos like navy. The single chest pocket on the t-shirt also adds an extra element of detailing.