by Sarah Compton

Vintage shop in London

Vintage shop in London. Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

Shopping was one of my best experiences in London. So, I want to share some of my views on shopping in London.

London is known in the entire world for the sense of style in the capital and it also has the best shops. However, you need to have a plan before you go shopping. Below are some of the things that you should do.

Shop in the middle of the week

Lots of stores do mid-week sales to generate traffic. Therefore you do not have to wait for weekends when the stores are crowded. You should also know where to do your shopping. Also, ensure that you stick to the plan to avoid buying on impulse.

Look for major multitasks

When selecting clothes and shoes, think about what they will go with. You should consider purchases carefully. It is wise to ensure that for each you have at least two options. It is advisable that you work on the same color palate.

Shop your closet first

You should first know what you have, what you want, and what you can do without, before you go shopping. After identifying the gaps in your closet, you can now list your shopping needs. Note that you do not have to cast the old pieces aside.

Shop at thrift stores

Thrift stores are great for one-off things you won’t find at major retailers such as a funky jacket. Even if you just end up wearing it once, it is okay because you paid very little for it. Keep your eyes peeled for classics, too, such as name-brand blazers, skirts, and boot-cut jeans. Look for durable fabrics, such as cotton, wool, and cashmere.

Pay less for trendy pieces

Some of the upcoming trends include shiny leather and brocade fabrics. Take advantage of these looks for less by buying the department store celebrity collaboration knock-off.

Time your buying wisely

You should consider January when the city marks the biggest sale season. In this period, massive discounts are given as most shops try to move out the last of their current collections. The month of July is another chance for such purchases.

Go along with these London shoppers to check out some favorite stores!

Know where to go

Consider a place where you will comfortably do your shopping without budget constraints. You can also choose to do shopping with celebrities by choosing stores known for them.

Something that’s trendy may often be of poor quality.  Keep in mind that a garment’s appearance may not necessarily indicate its quality. You might want to be accompanied by a person who has the sense of style more than you are or even hire an expert.

The following are the shops you would consider for shopping in London: Liverpool Street Station, Spitalfield market, The old Truman Brewery, Sunday up market, Duke of UKE, Brick lane, London’s Bagel Rivarly, Columbia Road Flower Market and Jones Dairy Café.

This article was contributed by Sarah Crompton. She is currently working for ESTA. She is interested in traveling, so has been writing articles for travelers. At lone time she likes to drift around on her bike with a couple of friends. She just loves traveling, shopping, reviewing products and giving her best thoughts to help others. If you have any information or queries regarding traveling or shopping then ping her at sarah.cromptonp@gmail.com
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