THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
When it comes to shopping there are three rules I follow: buy little, buy quality and try not to pay full-price. And as a minimalist, I tend to think of the long-term value of an item and so I mostly invest in classic well-made pieces.
My passion for luxury began when I worked for agnes b. in the late 1990s. With a generous staff allowance and discount, I wore nothing else. And once I’d developed a taste for quality there was no going back!
I’ve never really had a huge disposable income but through research and investing in well-made items I’ve managed to save a few pennies. I’ll always favour quality over quantity and I still use and enjoy the accessories I purchased in Selfridges when I worked in the Personal Shopping department over ten years ago. In fact, I hold the store responsible for my designer handbag obsession!
With a passion for buying less and buying luxury, I was recently interviewed by Woman and Home who were researching ways to buy luxury for less. I was thrilled to be contacted and so I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips here on Candy Pop.
As boring as it sounds I rarely impulse buy and I always spend a little time researching before I part with my hard-earned cash. I’m amazed at how much I save simply by shopping around and I don’t even have to leave the comfort of my sofa!
There’s always an offer to be had, trust me. If I need something I’ll wait for promotions or sales, and although I don’t like to be spammed I’m on the mailing lists of the brands I love so I don’t miss any discounts.
I’ve opened store cards on larger purchases to receive a reduction and once I’m home I’ve paid off the balance and closed the account. How naughty! I also take advantage of reward card schemes which offer discounts and help me to build up a Christmas shopping fund. The Liberty and Harrods loyalty cards are great for those cheeky handbag purchases!
If an item needs to be delivered I look for retailers who do not charge. I often buy my larger items from John Lewis because they offer free delivery to orders over £50. They also price match which has enabled me to take advantage of offers I’ve seen elsewhere.
If I’ve exhausted all options and I’m spending a considerable amount I’ll usually ask in store for a discount. Yes, I am that person! I was recently offered a 10% reduction on a full-price raincoat simply by joining the mailing list. It’s always worth asking and having worked in retail I know no one will think any less of you.
You can catch my mini case study in the November edition of Woman and Home. I’m super excited to be in the same magazine as the gorgeous Meryl Streep!
Are you a lover of luxury and do you have any tips for saving the pennies?