Style Secrets: Contemplate Your Sale Picks

Spring is upon us which means two things. 1) it’s finally time to break out strappy heels and lightweight jackets, and  2) end-of-season sales are in full force.

We’ve touched on how to successfully navigate an end-of-season sale as well as how great of an opportunity they can be to pick up quality pieces at a fraction of the cost. However, as awesome as it may feel to pick up tons of items for a minimal cost, it’s important to remember not to go too overboard and to still use the same decision-making techniques you use when picking out full priced item as you do on sale picks.

Chances are, if you have even a sliver of compulsive shopping tendencies, you’ve experienced buyers remorse, which is essentially when you feel bad about having bought something because it perhaps wasn’t worth the money, you haven’t worn it yet or, upon further investigation, you can’t see yourself ever wearing it. As far as #firstworldproblems go, It’s a real bummer.

Sale picks, especially, have the tendency to result in buyers remorse, as the excitement of finding deals can override ones judgement on what they actually want or need in their wardrobe.

So, here’s what we suggest. This season, or whenever, you decide to hit up a sale, attempt to answer the following questions when choosing your sale picks:

  1. Why is this item on sale? Pieces can go on sale for a variety of reasons. However, if it appears that it may be on sale because its obnoxiously over-trendy, lacks functionality or is difficult to wear, then it’s probably best to pass over it.
  2. What purpose will this item serve in your wardrobe/closet? Sale picks are a great time to venture out and try something a little different. If you wouldn’t normally wear a neon belt but have always wanted to try one, then why not pick up one for $4? However, if the piece doesn’t fill some type of void in your closet, then it’s most likely just going to collect dust.
  3. Would you still want to buy this item if it was full price? The keyword here is want. While you may not be able to afford the piece at full price, if the answer is “no, I wouldn’t even want it if it wasn’t for the sale tag,” then put it back. End of story. This rings especially true for items that are marked down because they are damaged. If you’re the type of person that has no problem with dealing with a difficult item that may need some mending, then go for it. If not, leave it for a more d.i.y. savy individual.

Considering these three things will (hopefully) help eliminate your buyers remorse and save money, meaning more space, time and $$$ for future purchases.


Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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