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Why January is the Best Time to Shop for a Wedding Dress

It’s the beginning of the year. Everything about it is new and full of promise. January doesn’t just represent new beginnings and excitement; it is also the best time of the year to shop for your dream wedding dress. That is if you have a wedding planned of course.

 

 

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In the same way we work on making positive changes in our lives, couples believe that January is the right time to make wedding plans. And when you talk about wedding plans, the wedding dress is the highlight of it all. It is appropriate as many proposals are made during the Christmas season.

But ever wondered why January is the ideal time to buy your wedding dress? Well, in this article I’m going to give you all the reasons why.

 

January is the time when some new collections roll in

In the fashion industry, January is the time when some new collections hit the stores. So if you are in luck, you could possibly be walking down the aisle wearing a unique flowing wedding gown.

 

January is the time you get to enjoy the best discounts and get great bargains on wedding dresses

Since it is the first month of the year, this is the time when designers and wedding dress merchants want to make killer sales. To get your attention, they sell their wedding dresses at a bargain prices to clear the old stock.

As you shop around for wedding dresses you will be shocked to find classics selling at very low prices. The discounts are more than you have ever dreamt was possible for a wedding dress. So it makes sense to buy a wedding dress while the January sales are on.

January is also the time when sample sales take place. What this means is that wedding dresses are sold below their true value to test the market.

 

January is the time when the supply of secondhand dresses is replenished

No bride is left out in the month of January. Some brides plan their weddings on a strict budget. And with the wedding dress being usually the most expensive item on the wedding checklist, it can be very difficult for some couples to afford.

The good news is that the supply of secondhand wedding gowns is replenished in January. Like I mentioned earlier the new year is considered a time of new beginnings. As a result of this many people do wardrobe hauls just to create room for new outfits for the year. Preloved wedding dresses are donated to charity shops or sold for a bargain price on eBay, Facebook and other online platforms.  January is indeed the best time of the year to buy a wedding dress.

 

When did you buy your wedding dress?

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Don’t Go Broke for Christmas

It is now 9 days to Christmas and everyone is going MAD! The shops are filled up with shoppers that won’t stop shopping. Deliveries are coming on very late and the whole world has gone crazy getting ready for the big day. I am trying not to join in with the craziness of it all. I am done with my Christmas shopping and wrapping. Just waiting on a few deliveries to come in and wrap some last minute gifts, and that is it really.

I am trying to enjoy the countdown to Christmas and not get carried away with the madness. Which brings me to this post. Many of us get carried away with the Christmas cheer and spend a lot more than we planned to, just because Christmas. It is all well and good if you can afford to buy the presents you buy. Christmas is a season of giving and receiving, so good thoughtful gifts are expected. But that doesn’t mean you should rob Peter to pay Paul. Let me explain…

 

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Many of us spend way more than we can afford. We get carried away with the amazing gift ideas around and go way over our planned budget. Then January comes, and we start to panic with the empty bank accounts, maxed credit cards and bills to pay. Does this scenario sound familiar? Here are ways you could ensure you don’t go broke for Christmas.

 

Start buying Christmas Gifts Early

I started buying Christmas gifts in October and that is late. I usually start earlier than that so I have an upper hand. My aim is to target sales and shop around calmly without the Christmas rush. That way I can spread the cost of the Christmas gifts and shop in peace.

 

Have a Budget

This should go without saying but many of us still walk around shopping without a budget. Having a Christmas shopping budget for every person on your list ensures you don’t get carried away with the amazing options out there. And trust me, there are.

 

Buy for those that Matter

I don’t shop for everyone I know and I don’t expect Christmas gifts from everyone either. I only buy gifts for close family members and teachers. If I don’t see you on Christmas Day, there is a high chance I won’t be buying you a Christmas present except we are tight. I don’t think it makes financial sense buying Christmas gifts for every member of my family.

 

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Buy Only What you Can Afford

Many of us result to using credit cards and store cards to shop for Christmas gifts. That was normal for me some years ago but not anymore. I have seen the light and it makes zero sense to buy what you cannot afford. If you must use store cards and credit cards, make sure it is interest-free, and you make repayments before the interest-free period ends.

 

Focus on the Reason for the Season

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so I like to focus on the reason for the season, with my family and take it all in. As we count down to Christmas, we spend our spare time relaxing with Christmas programmes, singing along to Christmas carols, reading Christmas books and just enjoying the season. My kids are quite contented with staring at the Christmas lights all day if I let them.

 

These are the ways I make sure I don’t go broke for Christmas. Do you do any of these things? Please share your Christmas shopping experience in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Please share this post if you enjoyed reading it. Have a lovely weekend.

 

Navigating Office Dress Codes

Office dress codes can be pretty difficult to navigate, and knowing what’s suitable for the office, without falling asleep or getting fired (it can happen) feels almost impossible. If you don’t work for a company or in an environment that promotes individuality, or the open interpretation of the latest fashion trends, then chances are; getting dressed in the morning will become a frustrating task. Outfit inspiration is one thing, but actually knowing what to wear, is another.

 

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Standing before your closet, panicking, repeatedly asking yourself; can I wear my jeans or can’t I? You love-hate your sweats and you just wish you could go to work in your pajamas, after all, it’s a trend now, right? Your confusion turns to hate and your hate into heat, now you’re hot and late but still not clothed.  This results in hauling your ‘back-end’ into super speed, throwing on whatever clothes fit, whatever is close by and clean. Shoes that fit, sometimes even ones that don’t – a smorgasbord of things that make you happy and hopefully make a cohesive outfit.

How do you adhere to rules, yet clothe yourself in a way that works for your body, for your lifestyle and your personal taste? A professional setting solicits a certain attire, but it doesn’t have to be boring, and corporate clothing can sometimes carry an air of sleepiness or worse; put unwarranted restraint on our ability to clothe ourselves. But we shouldn’t let it hinder our creativity and self-expression.

A woman who works five days a week has to come up with two-hundred and fifty-one outfits a year. That excludes weekends and champagne-worthy occasions. If you’re fashion forward, you’ll understand how much extra stress this puts on you, because, of course, you need to be the best dressed you, all year round! Covered, comfortable, muted and professional are all words that come to mind when you hear ‘office attire’, but corporate wear isn’t as straightforward as it might seem.

 

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Different companies, and different job titles require different ‘uniforms’. If you work in the medical field or you’re looking to work in the medical field, take notes now; you will wear a uniform to work. This always sound really bad, like the words ‘back to school’ after the summer holidays, but come Monday morning as I stare blankly at my cupboard I wish I was putting on my grade school uniform.

Another bonus to wearing a work uniform is a major saving on clothing and you can avoid landing in major debt. If you feel good about yourself you’ll be more productive. It’s something about the boost of confidence that improves your work ethic. So, it’s important to feel great when at work, that’s why taking a few extra minutes, to get yourself ready for the day, is not frowned upon.

But, no matter what your company does, or what their dress code is, your outfit should not be subject to figure flattery or what the male gaze might call sexy (secretary sexy), but should rather say “I am a professional, stylish woman, with a killer sense of personal style – thank you”. You may not make the rules but you do have a sense of creativity and a sense of identity worth celebrating, despite the context. It’s about pushing your boundaries, not breaking them.

Here are a few tips to help you rock your work attire every day.

 

Small Adjustments

Tiny styling adjustments will transform your outfit from shabby to chic with only minor adjustments. Except the popped collar, there is no room for more fashion failures in the office. But rolled jeans or all the way button shirts are the perfect example.

 

Keep it Personal

Remember to keep it personal. Don’t be afraid to add your own personal style touches. This will make you automatically feel better about whatever it is you’re wearing. If you can resonate with certain pieces, it will immediately put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

 

Accessories

Accessories are the perfect way to make your outfit feel good enough for the office and for after work drinks. The right sunnies, some oversized earrings, a couple of sparkling necklaces, or a few mood rings, will make you feel like there was enough thought and effort that went into your outfit. Which is enough to wear everywhere and anywhere – including work.

 

Bland isn’t Bad

There is nothing boring about navy, white, grey and black. Although looking at that sentence alone makes me feel a little flat. It’s all about how you pair them. Mix and match textures and prints in these colours and feel safe knowing you’re adhering to the rules, while being unapologetically fashionable.

 

Don’t be Scared

Knowing your dress code may be daunting . I am sure the link to the code of conduct has been emailed to you a thousand times. But you’re still unsure of what it said or if you even received it. Knowing the rules and regulations of your dress code, will allow you to bend them in a way that benefits you and your sense of style. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. If you’re going to spend two-hundred and fifty-one days working, you may as well feel good while doing it!

 

What do you think of office dress codes? How do you dress for the office?

 

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