Are you drowning with all the SALE offers coming your way? We all know money doesn’t grow on trees so kiddies, use your greenbacks wisely! Some of you have emailed me asking for tips during this SALE season…

Bryanboy at Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles

1) BYPASS THE TRENDS
I avoid buying directional pieces that define the season simply because I won’t get mileage or longevity out of them. I usually buy the strong pieces (even at full price) at the beginning of the season before everyone else wears them. If you’re gonna buy a strong piece, make sure it will last you at least a few seasons or make sure the piece is trans-seasonal (ie something you can wear regardless of the weather). No, you shouldn’t buy the $14,825 Balmain dress even if it was marked down from $29,650. I would buy the $507 Rag & Bone McCauley biker jacket instead.

2) STICK TO THE CLASSICS
I tend to stick to the classics to get more bang for my buck. Case in point: I popped by Macy’s in Herald Square the day before Thanksgiving and I stocked up on these colourful Polo Ralph Lauren polo shirts. Those preppy staples make terrific presents for any human being with a third leg. They were marked half-off, from $89.95, then I got an additional 10% discount for having an international passport. The result? I ended up buying one in every colour, got them gift wrapped, and rushed to the post office on Canal Street and sent some of my Chrismas presents early!

Don’t be classic-phobic. Seriously. It’s the time of the year to buy a great coat (run, don’t walk, run for this terrific Phillip Lim coat), a great jacket, lots of classic round-neck or v-neck cashmere sweaters, cardigans, or even a classic shoe, like these men’s brogues from Church’s.

3) HOWEVER, IF, LIKE ME, YOU HAVE NO SENSE OF DISCIPLINE OR CONTROL…
… and like strong pieces, treat yourself to one (I repeat, just one… ok fine, two, if you must) statement piece. I asked my gurl Ingrid from The Bag Hag Diaries for this season’s must-have and she told me it’s all about small bags. Why? It’s high time for us not to be weighed down by the bags we’re carrying and for the past few seasons, people have been carrying huge bags. Whether it’s a cross-body messenger, a clutch, or small satchel, everyone looks so much put together with a small bag. They streamline one’s look together as if nothing is out of place.

4) BEAUTY BOUNTY
Everyone loves beauty products. EVERYONE. There are awesome deals on fragrance, potions, creams, make-up, whatever. I love this website called StrawberryNET and have been using them for years. They ship anywhere in the world for free. I’m a sucker for pre-packaged beauty deals, you know, buy one perfume and get the shower gel and the body lotion for free. A bit ghetto but that’s how I roll and that’s the best way to create your own personal beauty counter without spending a ton. Who else is jealous of the girl whose bathroom counter looks like a branch of Sephora? Can I see a show of hands? Haha!

5) AVOID EXTRA CHARGES
Many online retailers far and wide now offer free shipping/handling wherever you are in the world. If you live in the USA, it pays to shop a retailer that’s based out of state so you don’t have to pay sales taxes. If you live overseas, why not shop at a store which automatically calculates customs duties and taxes so you don’t have to pay anything extra when you get the package? Stores like Net-a-Porter do it! My favourite stores? Shopbop and Luisa Via Roma ships anywhere in the world and to most countries for FREE.

Happy shopping!