Tips to shop like a #SmartShopaholic

All modern ladies out there will pretty much agree that their love for fashion is endless. That universal love is expressed everywhere from the busy offices to the weekend outings with friends. However, the love for fashion also comes with the concern about financial health. As they’re both important, we understand that our ladies need the balance. Here are 4 shopping tips of a #SmartFashionista who makes only smart investments and still looks put-together everyday.

1. Invest in basic items

Basic items are what will help you to “transform” into many different styles and can be co-ordinated with other trendy items. Some must-have basic items for a #SmartFashionista includes: a basic shirt, a basic t-shirt, a pair of skinny jeans, trousers, a dress and a blazer. You may wonder why ‘investment’ is needed for these items since since they seem pretty simple and easy to find. Some things are not what they seem! These items will be utilized in multiple occasions, so they need to be in good shape and good quality. Instead of buying the same low quality item multiple times, just one efficient investment will save you lots of time and money!

Note: choose neutral colors like black/white/beige as they can go easily with any outfit on any occasion


Basic white t-shirt (Mango)

Basic black t-shirt (Gap)

Skinny jeans (Levi’s)

2. Invest in shoes and handbags

A lady with style will never leave her house empty handed. A handbag is her special assistant that carries her purse, her phone and her lipsticks, … A good pair of shoes is a guardian that supports her feet with every step she makes to explore the world. Shoes and a handbag complete your outfit and make it stand-out even more. Hence, don’t hesitate to invest in a handbag and a pair of footwear with classic designs and colors such as black, nude, beige,… and of course, with high quality! They are the only 2 fashion staples that will follow you for a long period of time.


Basic flats (Salvatore Ferragamo)

Handbag with simple design can fit in with any occasion (Salvatore Ferragamo)


3. Understand your shape and your colors

Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your body shape as well as the colors that compliments your skin tone will save you plenty of time during your shopping trip. This is also a useful tip to cut down a considerable amount of purchases from which you do not get any good use because they just don’t look good on you. Spend a spare day to look at yourself from different angles in the mirror, note down your body shape and what will compliment it, then always carry that note in every shopping trip. The same strategy can be applied for your skin tone - a color will appear differently on each person’s unique skin tone. Hence, having your own personal note will make your shopping experience much more efficient. Instead of spending time on trying every single pieces (and feeling disappointed because “Nothing looks good on me and I’m so tired!”), you only need 10 minutes to pick up items which you already know will look perfect on you, and another 15 to 30 minutes to try on the sizes, depending on how many pieces you want to try.


Each person has a unique body shape…

…and a unique skin tone.


4. ‘Hunt’ for the sale

Don’t ever think that only when you are on budget that you need to go for a sale as even celebs and hot fashionistas are crazy for Sale Seasons. A #SmartFashionista will not shop in store when the new collection is released. With a little patience, she knows she can always get her favorite item at a more reasonable price after just a couple months. The sale season starts every year during Summer or on speacial occasions such as Christmas or New Year Holidays when brands altogether offer generous promotions on plenty of their items. Another place where a #SmartFashionista can look for her favorite item is private sales event, where lots of brands will bring their promoted items to one location. City Sale – one of the most anticipated private sale event is where many #SmartFashionistas have found their dream fashion items!


Hunt for the sale like a #SmartFashionista


From 11-16/8/2017, Ctity Sale – City Hunt, a fashion hunt in 2017, will be officially hosted at Riverside Palace, 360D Ben Van Don, District 4. Organized by IPPG, Uptown (DAFC), Downtown (ACFC & CMFC) with the participation of a chain of popupar brands such as:

Armani Exchange, Bally, Banana Republic, Bulgari, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap, Fendi Kids, Just Cavalli, Jimmy Choo, Levi’s, List, Liu Jo, Mango, Marchesa, Mcm, Nike, Paul & Shark, Paul & Shark Kids, Roberto Cavalli Junior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Simonetta, Tommy Hilfiger, Tumi, Versace, Versace Jeans, Weill, Young Versace

With world-class cosmetics & perfume brands:

ALAIA Parfums, Cle De Peau, Elie Saab Parfums, Issey Miyaki Parfums, Narciso Rodriguez Parfums, Shiseido, ZA, Zadig & Voltaire

This is a magnificient private sale event with up to 80% off on all products that a #SmartFashionista would not want to miss! Make sure you will catch the the opportunity  to ‘hunt’ for the luxury fashion item of your dream!