Wardrobe Angel: Take a tip from me and never, ever shop at wine o’clock!

PICTURES: 'This month with the weather on the change it's all about the details! Vintage belts, neck candy and body art (for those who dare!)'
PICTURES: 'This month with the weather on the change it's all about the details! Vintage belts, neck candy and body art (for those who dare!)'
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Follow my guide when to shop and cut out those embarrassing visits from the postman

A few years back I gave living in the desert a go for sixmonths. Now considering autumn/ winter is, and always will be, my favourite time of year, me and the desert didn’t see eye to eye so I hot footed it back home. I especially love the arrival of new season clothes in August and September – the knits, the coats, the boots, the socks, the gloves – the general promise of freezing winter weather and me all wrapped up against the elements makes for a happy wardrobe angel. With the new season firmly upon us, you may be stalking the High Street, purse gripped tightly in hand, your cash burning a hole through the leather. Except – so is everyone else on the High Street. Sometimes it can feel as though your elbows are getting more of a workout that your wallet. So when is the best time to go shopping?

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Firstly let’s talk about when not to go shopping:

1.Pay weekend or part pay weekend. The shops are always more busy on these weekends because all the shoppers have money and quickly want to turn that situation around by spending it all. Usually the first weekend of the month, shops always have extra staff to cope but that doesn’t affect the queues in the fittings rooms … and the smell.

2.When it is raining indoor shopping centres get rammed. People want to shop undercover without an umbrella weighing them down, so places like the Trafford Centre, White Rose, Meadowhall will always be full to the brim with shoppers when the weather is inclement. Conversely city centres on rainy days can be a haven: shopper-free, no queues, no crowds. You’ll just have to put up with your hair getting wet and looking a bit bedraggled. But the staff in the shops won’t care – they will just be glad of your custom.

3.When you have had a few drinks. I’m talking about online shopping here. It’s those late night wine sessions which end the next day with you answering the door bleary eyed to greet the postman who has just got a hernia from carrying all your packages. Never shop during wine o’clock.

So shop sober, mid weekends of the month and check the weather before you head out!

* Stephanie Roper, a tea drinking Yorkshire lass is the Wardrobe Angel. She opens up a whole new world of fashion using clients’ existing clothes. To find out more about her business go to {http://www.wardrobeangel.co.uk |www.wardrobeangel.co.uk}

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