What Do You Think Of Black Friday Consumerism?
Whatever you think of Black Friday consumerism, it is here to stay – at least for now. When we started to see glimpses of the American tradition move over here to the UK, I wanted it to stop immediately, particularly when you see extreme images of people fighting over TV sets that have reduced in price. However, as I say, it is here to stay. I am against anything that encourages people to use up resources they do not need or encourages them to go into unnecessary debt. What do you think of Black Friday, and how do you navigate it?
Pitfalls To Avoid On Black Friday
Before you jump on a bargain, consider whether it is a discount or not. There are no rules against businesses marking their prices up just before a sale, then placing huge discounts on them back to the original price. Do your research and find the garment at alternative retailers to get an idea of the best price.
When navigating the sales, at any time, stear clear of the items placed at the front of the store. Anything here will be the clothes that the retailer wants to sell off the most. They could well have been hanging around for ages. Dig a little deeper to find your bargains to avoid the Black Friday Consumerism.
When Is A Purchase A Bargain?
Now repeat after me;
A bargain is only a bargain if you use it. Otherwise, it is a waste of your hard-earned cash.
I know that Gucci pair of trousers are currently an unbelievable price, but if you do not need them, or will never wear them, it does not matter how much they cost, it is a waste of money.
Look at it like this; how many hours did you have to work to buy that item? That is what it cost. Now imagine a typical day at work and what you have to do in that time. You have just worked those hours for nothing!
Make The Most Of Black Friday
If you are going to enter into the realms of Black Friday, make the most of it. Look for items you know will slip easily into your current capsule wardrobe, and only add something if you need it, and it fits your requirements.
Do not be lured into a bargain if it ‘almost fits your requirements’ and appears like a good deal. It is not. Fullstop. If a garment, be it specific or not, that you have been looking for comes up in the sales, go for it. Otherwise, leave it on the shelf.
Learn How To Be An Intentional Shopper
Intentional shopping is the way forward. Learn what colours and styles suit you, choose from that what you love. Once you start to build your capsule wardrobe, be very intentional about what you add. For example;
You need a new pair of trousers for work.
What colour do you want?
Will that colour goes with the rest of your wardrobe?
What will you wear with these trousers and how will they go with your current wardrobe?
What type of shoes will you wear with them?
Are there any fabrics you want to avoid?
What season are the trousers for?
Do they need to keep you warm or cool?
What style fits your body shape?
What colour suits you?
What is your budget?
What brands have a history of working for you?
Ask yourself these questions or similar every time you buy something for your capsule. That way, if the item comes up in the Black Friday sales, it IS a bargain.
For help learning what colours and styles suit you so you can start your capsule wardrobe right from the outset, head over to the personal styling online section of my site. Alternatively, book a free consultation with me for a limited time only.