How to shop the sales and avoid the dreaded “Fashion Shock”

Fashion Shock is what happens when you see something hanging on the rail, its bright, its cute , its on trend and it somehow speaks to you, you need me and its cheap!! At this point you’ve lost your way. You need to stop, collaborate and listen!

Below is a list of the actions to take in shopping these sale minefields and NOT waste your money.


Do your research 

Check out the brands you love and get a bit of a list of these. Sign up to the newsletters as they will send you notifications of what’s on sale and when.

Assess your wardrobe thoroughly

If you haven’t already done so, edit your wardrobe and see what you actually need! There is no point in buying another frilly yellow top if you have multiple of these already!

Know your size

Sizes are all over the show these days, even styles within brands! I have styled a client in 2 styles of pants from one designer, in one style she was a 10 and the other a 14. If you can physically try the item on, I strongly suggest you do!!

Don’t buy something for the sake of it

I see it time and time again!! Client’s wardrobes dotted with pieces they bought on sale. “But it was cheap” I hear them plead.. While the fate of these items, are left to sit in ones cupboard with no direction or purpose in life or your wardrobe.

Never settle

If the item you desire is on sale in the wrong size or colour, don’t settle as once its home, you’ll always think of the perfect size or colour as the one that got away. You don’t need that disappointment in your life, or the lack of hanger space in your wardrobe.

Up shop

I recently scored a client a Sass and Bide dress she had her eye on from the earlier season for an upcoming 50th bday. The original price was over $700, sale price, $90.

Keep it classic

Go for pieces that are an investment and wont date, for instances a wool blend coat or black boots or cashmere knit. These are the pieces that will be in your wardrobe for years without dating.

 Arrive early

Waiting for the sale price to keep falling can be a risky game, retailers don’t have endless supplies of all pieces. The plan is to get rid of everything so to avoid disappointment, invest. You’re still saving.

Dress comfortably

When trying on multiple pieces of clothing you can get worn out. Don’t make life harder buy wearing something complicated to get on and off.

Don’t panic

Remain calm, sales happen all year round, granted, some are bigger than others yes but we are ladies with grace and style and panic, or a ill fitting bright sparkly thing that is on trend for 5 seconds never looked good on anyone. Happy Shopping!!

If in doubt, call a Stylist 😉 x

Shannon Meddings has worked with many celebrities from international screen star Kiera Knightley to British supermodel Lily Cole.

On Australian soil, one of her most recent roles was Head stylist for The Voice as well as creating chic and fresh looks for campaigns for every major magazine from Woman’s Day to Vogue, and she’s conceived and sourced red hot looks for a variety of celebrities, including superstar Ronan Keating, X Factor judge and beauty Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Logie Winner Bonnie Sveen and Sunrise personality Samantha Armytage plus many more in her 8 years as a fashion stylist in Australia.

For all styling questions and personal styling sessions email Shannon or call 0429 161 661.


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