IF you are getting glammed up for Christmas, it pays to tweak an old outfit rather than buying new.
Out of the £3.5billion expected to be spent on clothes for the party season, around eight million items will only be worn once. To avoid splashing the cash, here are top tips on how to look fashionable for less this festive season.
Up-cycle: Re-work your old outfits. You will be surprised what adding a few funky buttons or pearls can do to clothes. You can buy 50 sew-on pearls from Etsy.com for £3.89, which is far cheaper than an already embellished dress from SilkFred for £20.
Accessorise: It is the attention to detail that makes or breaks the look. Adding a staple belt to your faithful little black dress will make you sparkle a little bit more — for a fraction of the price of a new outfit.
The same goes for jewellery. Adding statement earrings can make all the difference. Primark has a pair of drop chain earrings for £2. They are perfect for party season and much cheaper than similar versions sold at notonthehighstreet.com for £28.
Swap: Try wardrobe switching with a mate. I guaranteed you will both have clothes you won’t put on again, so why not get another wear out of them by letting your friend borrow them? Even if you only use part of an outfit, such as a top or skirt, it will feel like new to you and you will save the average £85 it costs for a new party outfit.
SAVE: an average of £85
Discount: If you cannot resist forking out on a new outfit, make sure you check for reductions and seasonal sales.
I love the current offers at New Look, which has a 25 per cent discount on selected partywear. Also, consider buying something plain or basic that you can style up for future occasions.
SAVE: 25 per cent on partywear at New Look
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Win Christmas with Sky VIP
GET ready for Christmas with Sun Savers and Sky VIP.
TEN lucky Sun Savers members will share more than £20,000 in Sky VIP goodies to get you ready for the festive season.
Each winner gets a year’s subscription to Sky Q including Sky Cinema and Sky Sports, a 49in TV, a Sky Q minibox, a kids’ smart watch and £200.
It means you can enjoy all the TV you love, all in one place. You can watch, pause, rewind or restart live TV.
Plus, watch all of your favourite shows on catch-up, YouTube and Netflix.
You will also get your hands on a new kids’ smartwatch with a year’s free 1GB data plan on Sky Mobile.
Plus, you will bag £200 to help cover your Christmas essentials.
Sky VIP is Sky’s free loyalty programme open to all their customers.
It gives exclusive access to the best Sky tech, plus the chance to enjoy amazing experiences such as sparring with boxing champ Anthony Joshua.
Sky customers can join through the My Sky App, which already has lots of rewards waiting.
To be in with a chance to win our fantastic prize package, download the Sun Savers app or go to sunsavers.co.uk then click “Start Collecting” on the “Win Christmas with Sky VIP” page in the “Offers” section.
Collect TEN Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in The Sun and The Sun on Sunday until December 10.
Then enter or scan your ten codes on the website or app before midnight on December 16 when the competition closes.
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Deal of the day
A SONY PS4 500GB console with Fifa 20 and controller is £199.99 at Asda, down from £249.99.
AT Sainsbury’s, a multipack of orange chocolate Kit Kats is £1, down from £2.
INSTEAD of shelling out £149 on this sunburst mirror from Furniture Village, go for the £69 M&S version.
Shop and save
GET up to 50 per cent off laundry products at Wilko. A 1.5kg tub of Vanish Pink is £8, down from £14.
Reader’s saving tip
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My Sun Savers fiver
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Your paper could be worth £50,000
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Saturday November 9’s code is on Page 20.
The next big giveaway is on Saturday, November 30 – perfect for making it a Christmas to remember.
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There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so make sure to enter as many codes as you can to give yourself the best chance of winning. Remember, you have got to be in it to win it.
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