How to shop the sales
Look for key pieces
Every wardrobe needs heavy-lifters – think classic coats, bags and hardworking boots – and when it comes to sourcing them, our mantra has always been quality over quantity. “There’s no point grabbing a bargain if it’s just going to sit in your wardrobe,” says Bicester Village stylist Laura Stanley, on shopping The Extraordinary Sale. “For me, you can’t go wrong with a black blazer – you can dress it up or down. Everybody needs a good leather jacket and a little black dress, while a good quality, reliable bag is essential.”
Don’t get distracted
When shopping the sales, we often leave logic and reason by the door. Laura notes: “That’s where people get stuck – on the savings rather than on what works for their wardrobe.” Instead, “we tell our clients to opt for pieces they need rather than just want.” Ask yourself; what’s missing from my wardrobe? “The sales are always a good opportunity to find those investment pieces,” adds La Roca Village stylist Jamal Sinno. Focus on what’s been on your wish list for a while – you might just find that perfectly tailored shirt or a do-it-all tote bag at an extraordinary price!
Fashion is such a strong way of expressing yourself so we’ll nurture what makes our guests unique.
Out of season pieces
While you’re probably reaching for your cosiest jumpers and thermal underlayers, sales offer the perfect excuse to get ahead on those future season purchases. Before hitting the Village, cast your mind forward to the warmer months, where sunglasses, swimsuits and sandals reign supreme. From classic linen silhouettes to those on-trend straw bags and crocheted beach cover-ups, you’ll often find real gems when shopping out of season.
Virtual personal shopping is a great service, or the Village from home service. Make your wish list, leave it for your personal shoppers to handle and voila!
“People have such a specific perception of themselves, but often it’s a stranger’s opinion that highlights whether a piece works or not. Feelings can’t be bought, so finding a piece that attracts lots of compliments can really transform how you feel – always ask for feedback!” says Laura. “Fashion is such a strong way of expressing yourself, so we’ll nurture what makes our guests unique – even pushing them out of their comfort zones and steering them towards an eye-catching colour or design.”
The Personal Shopping team are a great tool. They can select, reserve and advise you when treasure hunting through our Village sales.
Enlist an expert
Insider knowledge is key if you want to make the most of your visit. “We’ll have a session where we run through a client’s wish list: what are they looking for, which event are they going to, how are they going to style it? That way, they avoid buying for the sake of buying,” says Laura. “We’re like a data bank for the Village – we spot the most amazing pieces and can check sizes for guests before they even arrive."
Shop from home
Not able to visit a Village? Shop the boutiques at a time and from a place that suits you via our new Virtual Shopping service.
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