Up until a few weeks ago, like most people in the UK, we weren’t going out to socialise and there was certainly no reason to get dressed up. But, after Rishi Sunak (our Chancellor in the UK) announced the “Eat Out To Help Out” (50% discount off food when eating out), my family and friends decided to give it a try.
We have been taking advantage of this offer throughout August. This certainly got me out of my jogging bottoms and out the door. This push was a good thing and I did love getting dressed up, properly, again. This initiative was, of course, designed to entice consumers back to hospitality venues, who are really struggling along with most businesses. I think there will still be discounts in September to carry on the momentum and persuade us to go out and spend money.
This time last year, we were in the middle of a mini-heatwave. No such luck, right now!! We are currently experiencing typical British weather – lots of good old wind and rain. When we have weather like this, it’s time to think about packing the summer frocks away, unless we are lucky to have an Indian summer. I can dream, plus, the way our weather constantly changes, this may be possible.
In the last couple of weeks, I have started to wear clothes which are “transeasonal” or, in real terms, clothing which will keep me warm. I have been wearing a few old favourites which are still available on the brands’ “outlet” sites, at a much-reduced rate.
Finding these dresses still available intrigued me as I’m only aware of Mango’s online outlet. But, when I checked my denim dress, I found out Monsoon have a website too, which I wasn’t aware of.
The first time I experienced an “Outlet” shopping experience was on our first trip to Florida in 2002. I remember taking full advantage of the bargains and we came home with our suitcases full of goodies for ourselves, and our family. Since then, I always visit the Outlets when we are away.
The one I loved and found so much choice from was the “Woodbury Common Premium Outlets”, which are situated outside of New York (visited in 2013). My children weren’t with us on this trip, but they did very well from this outlet visit. We are still using and wearing items which we bought on that trip.
Since then, shopping outlets for discount designer shopping and all kinds of brand name products have sprung up all over the place. There are some outstanding online bargains out there, now. The stock can be the current season or six months to a year behind the leading-edge fashions. Mango have an additional discount on your purchases, too.
This is a list of websites and apps which are great for a reduced-price item or pre-loved. Can I mention that postage on returned items isn’t always free so before you order check this out? I did order a lot of items from the “Mango outlet” to be met with a £10.00 charge at the post office.
Drop me a line in the comments if you know any more! I love a bargain:
Here are some style ideas: