Yep, that’s right, I have my birthday today, and for this questionably (I’m not getting any younger after all, but who cares) nice occasion, and after some consideration and discount, I surprised myself with this cool River Island Studio puffer/bomber jacket from ASOS.
It looks really cool on the pictures, and I wanted to buy a puffer jacket since I had worn my hubby’s one last winter (well, early spring, but please don’t mention it), and suddenly realised this is exactly what’s missing from my (winter) life. I hope it will be warm enough, because although I wanted to try it on, it wasn’t available on Oxford Street yet.
And that 20% discount is really nice surprise from ASOS anyway, not to mention, I want to avoid the Black Friday craze as much as it’s possible. Not just because of my sanity, but because impulse buying is our enemy, and what you don’t see, you don’t want, so ordering something desired online seems a good enough option.
Speaking of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), if you don’t want to miss it, but getting mad is not an option either, my best advice is to prepare yourself in every possible way:
- Make notes what you need and avoid everything else.
- Visit webpages beforehand and mark what you like.
- If its possible, try everything on or at least check the return options. Seeing something online from nice photos is a whole different story than feel the fabric, the quality and how it suits you of course, especially if you’re not a model.
- Try to give yourself some time to think about it and the followings.
- To avoid impulse buying, always count to ten and ask yourself:
- whether you really need it, or want it because it’s cheap(er) or because it looks cute/sexy/cool anything on others?
- would pay for it its full price, or just want it because it’s cheap(er)?
- would it change your dressing habits (aka is this the one item which makes you wear your old stuff gladly and instantly, or the missing item which is able to glue you other, again old stuff?). If the answer is no of either of these questions, then leave it.
- is there something in it which you don’t like? For example, for me the shape of shoes could be an absolute deal breaker, and that’s totally independent from the quality/trend/price factor. What’s the point if you don’t want to wear it?
- Check it around carefully! Is it faulty? A button is missing? The zipper has to be changed? Would I care later to fix it or pay money for getting it fixed?
- The size is right? Don’t buy something if it’s too small or too big too long etc, especially, if you’re lazy enough to not take care of it later.
- What about the quality? Is it good enough to pay any money for it?
- And finally, what about the trend factor? Could you wear it all the time, or this time next year and after that? Does it say something about you or you want it just because anything?
How do you prepare yourself for Black Friday?
PS: I bought some Xmas tops just in case, and fishnet tights because it’s no money basically, but gives extra flair to any outfit. I’ll show them later, so excited!