It’s all about outlet stores. Just because the city stores are on sale a lot at the moment, don’t write off the outlet stores – they are packed with bargains, especially for fitness gear, you just need the right strategic approach.
Shopping at outlets is all about timing. You’ll either find loads of everything in every shape, style, size and colour or possibly nothing at all. Having a game plan in place can be the difference between winning and losing, especially if you are shopping for Fitness wear.
You want to be fresh, and ready to beat the crowds. If you can plan your strategy before you get to the outlet this will save time. View the outlet web site so you know what shops and brands are available. Get there when it open if possible. Monday is often the best day to go, as the stores receive deliveries that day. You can always call ahead and ask.
Aside from a bargain, what gaps do you need to fill in your wardrobe? Are there pieces that need replacing due to wear and tear? Have a list and even images saved in your phone or from pinterest if it helps with your game plan.
You’ve worked hard for your money, don’t throw it away on a bargain just because it’s on sale. Shop for what you need, not what you want.
Wear comfortable shoes and an outfit that is easy to slip in and out of when trying on clothes. If you plan to try on trainers take along a pair of your regular sport socks, and wear a sports bra. Ask to go for a quick run in trainers to see how they really feel.
The plan is to get fit, happy and healthy but if something doesn’t fit, don’t justify the purchase with a promise of losing weight. You need to be comfortable and not fussing in your outfit today – right now..
Whilst you might be purchasing something on sale know what the item is worth when it is full price. Research your favourite brands before you hit the outlets, and if necessary use your phone to look an item or brand up on the spot on ebay for a price guide.
Wardrobe basics are great and never go out of fashion. Think support bras, leggings and socks for fitness, and by day; plain pants, skirts and tops that fit well and look good.
You don’t want a wardrobe full of clothes you never wear, so if in doubt, don’t.
What do you currently have at home that can be worn with your potential bargain?
Shopping is always better with a friend who will be honest with you and make sure you don’t buy things that don’t work, or that you don’t need. You may want to set a budget with them to ensure you don’t overspend.
Don’t be disappointed if you return home with nothing – it’s ok. There’s always next time.
Outlets like DFO Homebush and Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre are great places to start as there are a number of brands like Authentic Factory Outlet (Converse), Lorna Jane, Puma and Nike in the one location with plenty of parking and public transport services.
Many online fashion brands have outlet stores built in, they are another option if you know your size in the brand.
Remember you win some and you lose some – so good luck.
Belinda Janis Personal Shopper & Stylist from B styles U www.bstylesu.com
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