Dressing up is back. But did it ever really go away?

With the loosening of lockdown restrictions comes more opportunities to go out and socialise.  If you have been living in your casual gear (at least from the waist down!) now is the time to dust off your smart gear. And you might even be tempted to buy some more (smart) clothes.

It’s fair to say many people have taken to working from home like a duck to water. But what they have missed is their friends, the pub and nights out. Living like hermits has not been easy but things can only get better from here on in.

The wardrobe you had in the summer of 2020 will most likely do you in 2021. But there’s no harm in treating yourself to something new. Commentators have suggested there is plenty of pent-up demand so if you feel like treating yourself, I say just go for it.

It doesn’t have to be a posh dress of course. But if you are thinking along the lines of luxury brands don’t pay more than you need to. There’s bound to be lots of offers on the go given the High Street has been so constricted. Even retailers with websites have not found it easy.

Different people take different approaches to shopping. It’s a case of different strokes for different folks. For those that like plenty of variety and aren’t too worried about longevity there are plenty of cheapish brands available who really need your spending power right now. But if you are like me, you’d be more comfortable with one or two investment pieces who will really stay the distance. Who has the space anyway?

Very few people are not constrained by budget. So whichever end of the market gets your hard end pennies, value for money is more important than ever. Of course, if you want the latest (at any price point) it’s unlikely to be discounted. But if you are more flexible, there are opportunities for discounts. Be savvy. Shop around. And if you are on a budget don’t forget you can also buy Preloved. It does not have to be new. Just new to you.

There’s no question, looking good makes us feel good.