Be a savvy shopper when updating your style
By The Weekly | February 25, 2018
1.Figure out what you need to curate a closet you really love
Do a strict assessment of your wardrobe and find out where the gaps are. Are you missing staple pieces such as a pencil skirt or cashmere sweater? Or are you missing seasonal trend pieces? Shop with a purpose to fill in those gaps to build a wardrobe that reflects who you are today.
2.Now that you’ve figure out what you need, make space!
Don’t be a hoarder and be sure to purge because your clothing should make you feel like the best version of yourself. If it’s sporting a curry stain or hasn’t been worn in months, toss it out to make room for outfits you’ll feel good wearing. Sometimes pieces that we used to love just don’t work anymore and that’s okay – your style should evolve over the years.
3.Consider your goals for 2018
Are you trying to dress to impress for a promotion at work? Consider pieces from Roksanda, Ted Baker or Mulberry. Or are you trying to fill your wardrobe with fun pieces that inspire you to work out and get fit? Try Lululemon and New Balance. If you’re looking to kindle new romances or get good shots for your #ootd, try Parisien-chic from Zadig&Voltaire or Maje, and get your shoe fix at Charlotte Olympia for some seriously hot heels. Do you have any major events to attend the next few months? Go all out at Oscar de la Renta, Prada or British fave Temperley for impeccable party frocks.
4.Get some style inspo before you shop
Check your favourite sites and make a mental note of the trends and styles that you’d most like to emulate. You can also check out the Style Notes section of Bicester Village for seasonal fashion editorials/round ups to get a snapshot of some specific items and some inspiration ahead of your visit!
5.Get the professional help to dazzle with your new look
Why not book an appointment with a Personal Shopper at Bicester Village! Acting like your own personal stylist, they can provide expert advice and insider knowledge of the boutiques. For instance they could help you pick a new outfit for a special occasion, help with a complete wardrobe update or select the perfect accessories or jewellery as a finishing touch to a look. Each consultation is complimentary and is run one-on-one, lasting between 3 to 6 hours depending on what you want to achieve.
6.Don’t be intimidated to go bold and try on a statement piece
Be sure to take advantage of sales to try new styles and silhouettes to switch up your style. At Bicester Village you get tax-free savings of up to 60% all year round!
7.Invest in quality
Well-made threads will stand the test of time and take you far beyond 2018. Shop with confidence at brands like Acne Studios or Diane von Furstenberg who are known for their classic silhouettes. Wrap dresses never go out of style, nor does classic tailoring.
8.Think off season
Don’t let the outside weather dictate what you buy and consider shopping for upcoming travel. If you know you’re jetting to Stockholm at the end of the year, stock up on a beautiful cashmere jumper, or if you’ve got a destination wedding to attend, scour the rails for kaftans even if the temperatures outside are less than warm.
9.Treat Yo’ Self and shop hands-free!
Bicester Village offers hands-free shopping where visitors can shop at their favourite stores and relax while the boutique assistants pack your purchases and send them to the concierge. You can then continue shopping unencumbered and collect your purchases at the end of the day. The Hands-Free Shopping service costs £15.00 (RM72) and can be booked at the Bicester Visitor Centre or Information Hub on arrival.
10. Shop smart!
Skip the lengthy lines at the airport by collecting your ‘on-the spot’ VAT tax refunds right at Bicester Village itself. Don’t forget to collect your frequent flyer rewards. Those enrolled in ENRICH from Malaysian Airlines can collect 2 miles for each £1 (RM4.80) pound spent, while PPS Club and KrisFlyer members can earn two miles for every £1 (RM4.80) pound spent.
Tips and images courtesy of Bicester Village
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