Spending big on payday:
Yes, you deserve a reward but spending the majority of your pay check on shopping is not how the money-savvy operate. Try a bunch of flowers or a manicure for instant gratification. If you can’t resist an investment (read: expensive) item, rather save up over a period of time than splurge now and regret later. If you can’t wait weeks, ALWAYS sleep on it for at least one night.
Buying recklessly at sales:
Most people approach sales with questionable logic and walk away with ‘bargains’ that are too small, too big and/or off-style. You may think ‘I’m saving 30%’ but remember you’re still outlaying the other 70%, so it’s not exactly a freebie. That’s not to say, however, that we haven’t picked up some incredible pieces at a discount. Sales can be thrilling, just be 100% sure in your purchase, size-wise and style-wise. Note: most sales items cannot be returned.
Hitting the shops with friends:
It’s a common pitfall among girlfriends. A great friendship does not necessarily mean a great shopping partnership. Sadly, a gamut of things can get in the way of reliable friend-to-friend fashion advice, from subliminal sabotage to pre-shopping champagne. Only go with someone you unequivocally trust or go alone.
Forgetting to review your existing wardrobe:
You should always know what you already have before you add to your (probably overstuffed) wardrobe; schedule in a wardrobe-audit. Buyer’s remorse will set in once you get home with your purchase and realise you already have a near-identical one hanging at the back of the closet. Unless you’re replacing something that’s old and tired (spring cleaning is a must!) or it’s a worthy variation on a theme (a fleet of white shirts, anyone?), be clear about what you really need to complement what you already have.
Taking the term ‘retail therapy’ literally:
It’s ingrained in popular culture (exhibit A: Cher Horowitz from Clueless) but shopping to numb any kind of (serious) pain is dangerous. Retail should not actually be a substitute for therapy. It can take the edge off a bad hair day but don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment or you risk committing all the shopping sins already mentioned.
Blindly trusting the shop assistant:
A shop assistant may put the interests of sales targets ahead of you, the trusting customer. Have a good knowledge of what really suits your body shape, height and skin tone before you let a stranger convince you otherwise. We don’t mean to be pessimistic – the best sellers will never let you leave with something unflattering.
Immediately ripping off tags and throwing out receipts:
Make sure you try your new purchase on at home BEFORE cutting off the shop tag or discarding the receipt. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve discovered unseen holes, marks, still-affixed security devices or that we’ve taken home the wrong size. Tags and a receipt are your tickets out of said mess so don’t be flippant with them