Fashionistas know that Friday is one of the best sale times of the year — but how to make it a regret-free experience? Our handy tips will have you ahead of the crowd, safe and with a basket of items you actually want — you won’t find a better deal than that!
Identify Items Ahead of Time
When prices are low, it’s easy to get swept up and end up buying things you actually don’t need or want. That’s why it’s best that you choose what you like beforehand. That way, when you’re scrolling through all those crazy Black Friday fashion deals, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for!
For online shopping, the best way to save your favourite items is to have a wishlist. Most retailers have this option. For example, you can save your favourite clothes to a one-stop list but they will also be marked with a little heart when you’re scrolling through the general category.
Fill your cart in advance
If you want to take it one step further and save time, log in before the sale starts and put the items in your cart. Just make sure you check how long before your cart automatically empties!
If you’ll be shopping in person, do a trawl of the shops a few days before. Take photos of the items you like and make sure you group the photos by store.
Find the Right Size Ahead of Time
There’s nothing worse than getting a great price and then finding out the size of the item is wrong. Avoid crowded fitting rooms and fit the items on before the big day.
Even if you’re shopping online, you can go into the physical store at a quiet time to try the clothes on, though many shops do still have restrictions on physically trying on clothes during the coronavirus lockdown.
Another good approach in that case, and also for online shopping, is to have your measurements noted down, especially in terms of shoulder to shoulder, bust and waist measurements. Also know what sort of length in a top, for instance, would typically suit you best. Carry a small measuring tape in your bag for a quick comparison if physically fitting on the item isn’t possible.
Most items sold online will have detailed measurements included, so comparing these against your own should be a breeze.
Know the Sale Dates
Black Friday is on 27 November, but many retailers are already having a whole week of sales — or are throwing in the weekend of 28 and 29 as part of the sale period.
Some stores are only selling selected items on certain days. Make sure you visit the store or check out its website ahead of time so you can make a note in your diary.
Here are the sale dates for some major fashion retailers:
- Mr Price: 23 November to 1 December
- Superbalist: 25 November to 30 November
- Zando: 6 November to 30 November
- Foschini: 27 November
- Woolworths: 20 November to 1 December
In the digital age we all have more than one tab open at a time, but if you’re going to get the best Black Friday fashion deals you need to focus. Block time off in your diary for shopping.
Sign-up for Notifications
With all the different dates and items you’re lusting over, it would be easy to forget one sale date or another. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up to receive notifications that the sale has started.
All the major retailers have a newsletter but you could also follow retailers on social media.
Get Ahead of the Crowd
We all recognise a good deal when we see one. So, how to get that pair of shoes before it sells out?
Having a wishlist and a stocked cart is a good start for online shopping. Remember not to open too many tabs at once.
You should also clean up your device beforehand by defragmenting your hard drive, emptying your recycling bin and make sure all your apps are up to date. This will help your computer run faster.
Whether you’re online or on the ground, you want to be early. Some recommend taking a buddy to stand in the queue for you.
However, in this age of social distancing, the fewer people the better. If you know what you want and where in the store it is, you’ll be in and out in no time!
Ready to Find Those Black Friday Fashion Deals?
Taking the time to plan your Black Friday shopping spree is the key to a rewarding experience. When you know exactly what you want and how you’re going to get it, you can stay safe and score that fabulous bargain.
So, go ahead and get those incredible Black Friday fashion deals!