5 Great ways to splurge and save

The tal­ent be­hind the Shana la­bel has fash­ion in her genes (her mom is Ste­fania Mor­land) and purse­friendly tips up her pretty sleeves.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page - By Shana mor­land

By Shana Mor­land

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Choose­qual­ity I’m a huge be­liever in qual­ity. You may spend more at the start, but you’ll save in the long run as it’s bet­ter to have one last­ing piece than a bunch of cheap buys that fall apart af­ter a few wears. My first ever splurge was dur­ing high school – a silk, knee-length Miss Sixty dress that made me feel very proud. And do you know, it’s been over 12 years and that dress is still go­ing strong!

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Buy

what you re­ally need In­stead of go­ing for one or two big sea­sonal shop­ping trips, buy in­di­vid­ual pieces as you need them. That way, you won’t risk buy­ing in a thought­less frenzy, and then have a wardrobe of pieces you never wear.

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Be sale savvy Sales are a fan­tas­tic way to find fab­u­lous threads at bar­gain prices, es­pe­cially when de­sign­ers empty their rails for new sea­son col­lec­tions. These mark­downs are usu­ally around March and April, Au­gust and Septem­ber, midyear and Jan­uary. Get onto the mail­ing lists for your favourite stores, so you hear about spe­cials first. Just stay dis­ci­plined at a sale: only buy clothes that fit and flat­ter, make sure that items will work with pieces you al­ready own, and don’t fall for some­thing just be­cause it’s marked down. Good items to buy on sale in­clude classy un­der­wear, great boots, lace frocks and ba­sic dresses in a solid colour.

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Restyle

your old favourites You don’t need a huge wardrobe to look good. One pair of jeans, for ex­am­ple, works with a T-shirt and sneak­ers, with heels and a se­quinned top, or with a vel­vet jacket or hoodie. Sim­i­larly, a sim­ple black slip dress works on its own with heels or san­dals, un­der a long-length cardi­gan with boots, over a T-shirt with the sneak­ers that you wore with your jeans, or with a faux-fur wrap and retro jew­ellery.

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Shop smart Com­mis­sion stores, like Cape Town’s Stock Ex­change and Joburg’s Rags and Lace, are a won­der­ful source of gen­tly worn and some­times new de­signer buys. Find bold beaded jew­ellery at craft mar­kets, and ex­plore fêtes and vin­tage stores for em­broi­dered bags, glitzy tops and pretty dresses.

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