Instead of getting caught up in the Black Friday rush, let’s talk about how you can prepare for the holiday season while being mindful of your budget AND the planet. Whether you’re looking to earn extra money, save on festive outfits, or discover unique gifting options, we’ve got some alternative (more sustainable) strategies that will help you navigate the holiday season without the stress and expense.
Black Friday - The Sustainable Approach
Before we dive into alternative ways to shop, there are some benefits to Black Friday, coming up at the end of November. It’s a fantastic opportunity to save money not only on gifts for your loved ones but also on investment pieces for your own wardrobe.
However, it can also be a time when impulsive shopping mistakes are made. To avoid this, plan ahead. Add the items you need to your online basket or wishlist now. When Black Friday arrives, the discounts will be automatically applied. This strategic approach ensures you pick up what you need rather than getting swept up in the frenzy.
Another key tip around this topic is really sticking to what you know works for you, it's so tempting at this time of year when you see things discounted heavily or in the sale, to buy things even though it's not your size. The kind of things that we tell ourselves that very often don't transpire e.g. I’ll fit into that when I’ve lost weight. Be true to your size, and to your colours, and don't get swept up in the hype.
Now, let’s talk about earning extra money from your own wardrobe to spend on some Christmas gifts or party outfits. One way to achieve this is by utilising preloved apps.
My top tips for success on the preloved apps are:
Take high-quality photos of your items in good daylight and draft out your posts.
Consider posting items at the end of the month or on weekends for better visibility.
Upload your listings during peak scrolling hours, typically in the evening after 7 pm.
Use the right app for your items – Vestiaire and eBay are excellent for premium brands, while Vinted and Depop are versatile.
Tailor your listings to seasonal demand.
Research the prices of similar items and price yours competitively.
Utilise original retailer photos along with your own to create professional-looking listings.
When buying from preloved apps to save on buying ‘new’ outfits:
Set up alerts on platforms like eBay and Vinted, specifying your size, brand, and UK location.
Plan your purchases well in advance.
Don’t hesitate to make offers to secure items at a lower price.
Favourite items and add them to your wish list to receive discounted offers from sellers.
Another opportunity to save a bit of money is to rent your party outfit. I talk to so many clients who will go out and buy a brand new outfit for their Christmas party. Then it sits unworn in their wardrobe because they don't want to wear it again the following year. Depending on the kind of brand that you want to go for, you can rent things out for quite a low price point. John Lewis have started their rental service and you can rent things from as little as £15. Or if you're looking for something really special and you don't want to spend lots of money on it new, then you can go to the higher end rental apps like HURR or By Rotation, where you'll find more premium, higher end pieces.
Swap with Friends
A fantastic way to save on your Christmas party outfits is by swapping with friends or family. Set up a WhatsApp group where you can share your fashion needs and lend items in return. This works best if you have friends with similar sizes and styles, so keep that in mind when forming your group.
Charity shops are a treasure trove of affordable Christmas looks and items. To make the most of this opportunity, start your search early. If you have a Christmas party or event coming up, head to your local charity shops now. You’ll be amazed by the sequins, glitter, and beautiful dresses you can find at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you’ll be supporting a good cause in the process.
I saw a Christmas jumper that was brand new with tags from Next, which was £6.99 and lots of shoes with glitter for as little as £3.99. Plus an & Other Stories Sequin Dress in Cancer Research Harpenden, which was brand new with tags for £50 (with an RRP on the tag of £180).
Gift Vouchers for a Style Transformation
As we approach the season of giving, remember that experiences often make the most memorable and meaningful gifts. If you’re searching for a unique and confidence-boosting gift, consider gift vouchers for my styling services. These can be a transformational experience for someone feeling lost in their style journey.
If you’re interested in gift vouchers, check my website HERE for options available now or for future use. All vouchers must be redeemed within 6 months of purchase.
Feel free to get in touch for more information or to book your next style appointment.