Monday, December 29, 2008

Post-Holiday Binging

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and got everything on their list! Alas, retailers have come up with a relatively new temptation: insane sales post-holiday! Not that there weren't sale before, but with the decreased consumer spending beforehand, it reaches new heights this week. Here are some tips to keep you from going bonkers before the New Year:

  • Have a list of needs. I've needed a new pair of comfortable, black boots, chunky heel and above the ankle, for about six months now. Have I bought them? No. Have I bought other things I can't even remember and have worn once? Yes. Time for me to rearrange my priorities and stop impulse shopping!
  • Purchase classic necessities. I'm notoriously bad at this - how many cocktail dresses does one need in DC? Trust me, not many. I should be buying work trousers, long sleeved winter tops, etc. If you can't wear it for your daily routine, you should probably think twice.
  • Investment pieces. Now's the time to buy something usually out of your price range and is now just barely affordable. A piece you plan to keep a looong time, so nothing too trendy! This could be anything from a J. Crew wool coat, some Tiffany's jewelry or a Chanel purse.
Now I have to go buy a new cocktail frock for NYE ;)


WendyB said...

I feel like the department stores (I'm looking at you, Saks!) went so overboard with the discounts before the holidays that there is absolutely nothing to motivate post-holiday shopping. Everything was as low as it could go early in December. Did you see Tracey Ross is closing her store, by the way? None of the smaller store can compete with the insanity of the big department stores' near-liquidation sales.

Alyssa said...

What is this restraint thing you speak of?

Anonymous said...

Good advice! I think I especially need help with your second point - I ALWAYS buy things that I think I'll wear to some special occassion, and they inevitably end up in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. Not a good habit!

Lisa said...

Great tips! I followed more or less the same approach myself during the Boxing Day sales, buying only things I needed and would definitely use.

Eyeliah said...

I need new office pants too, I never get them though.