Shopping the seasonal sales

It's that time of year again. The time when stores are offloading their Fall/Winter gear in lieu of their Spring shipments hitting the shelves. This year the sales started earlier and have the price markdowns have gone deeper. Instead of having to wait until March and April for the discounts, as early as February, stores were toting signs indicating 50-80% off of merchandise. So what's a girl to shop for? Well, here's my list of 5 things you need to prepare for when shopping the seasonal sales:

1. Buy for the upcoming season- Fashion week shows run a season ahead, so you are able to read up on the upcoming seasons months before the season actually starts. That being said, since the Fall shows are being presented in February, if you take the time to watch a few shows on Youtube or look through the pictures on fashion sites such as New York Magazine 'The Cut' (my fave fashion show website), you'll actually getting insight on forthcoming trends. You can take that information and source the current sales selection at your local mall for similar pieces and be "on trend" before the trend actually hits! Smart right?

2. Buy timeless pieces- Leather boots, cashmere sweaters, wool coats...these are all items that will NEVER go out of style. Now is the best time to stock up items that at retail, were out of your budget, but now at 80% off, you just can't do without. I know for myself, I rack up on my cashmere during this time and boots, oh so many boots! ESPECIALLY if you can find a good over-the-knee boot for $40-$50, you've hit the jackpot. On a regular day, those can cost anywhere from $200-$300! You KNOW I'm telling the truth!

3. Try out a trend- On the other side of purchasing timeless pieces, now is the time to take a chance and purchase a look/item that you didn't necessarily want to invest too much money in, but wanted to try nonetheless. Maybe you didn't want to purchase a patent leather boot, but now it's $20; buy it. Yellow cardigan at 75% off? Try it on. Don't think you're gonna wear a faux fur everyday so it's not worth $150, but maybe $35? Why not! You can afford to be bit more adventurous now that the stuff is on sale, BUT don't take it too far. You don't want to end up with a bunch of items that you're not going to wear. A few trendy pieces to start off with will do you well ;-)

If you wanna take a look at a few of the goodies I've found in the last couple weeks shopping the seasonal sales, take a look at my latest YouTube video here. You will be FLOORED at all the good discounts I found!

Dionne Dean