On a day that was supposed to be about buying Christmas gifts for others and stringently saving dollars by restraining myself from clothes shopping, I found myself at the Paul Smith warehouse sale at Paddington Town Hall. Good one me.
You know how these things go, you think discount shopping is a great idea at the time and then you start sifting through the clothes only to realize you’ve stepped into a 1990s look-book from hell, all the whites are a little grey and you probably don’t want to buy that blood-stained blazer, even though it’s heavily discounted.
Well, this wasn’t like that. Instead, I found myself in discount designer shopping paradise. Success.
It started with an abundance of neckties of different shapes, colours, textures and patterns: blues, pinks, stripes, hearts, florals, knits, weaves and silks (I need to stop before I’m sued for plagiarising Gatsby) … every style a boy could wish for.
Jeans and pants in my size were limited, but I found myself in the t-shirts, sweaters and suits section where I got a little lost in the breadth of choice. An amazing selection of bright, bold and fantastical sartorial choices was on offer. So I got to digging.
The technique of digging through dirt for diamonds (or, in this case, multicolored horses), is a good one to have and through many years of sales-shopping I have acquired and refined this skill to a tee … to find myself some awesome underpriced tees (see what I did there?).
First, you need to know what you’re looking for and to limit your search to garments you need: if you don’t want pants, don’t look at the pants. Otherwise, you could miss out on something you actually desire, as a grubby father of three picks up the last velvet leaped print rhinestone studded blazer in your size (no one would/should ever wear that, but I’m just making a point).
Second, know what colours, fabrics and style work best for you and train your eyes to spot them from 100 feet. No point in sifting through every item when some of them would never work for you anyway.
Third, be ruthless and don’t let nobody get in your way (that’s not very gentlemanly of me, and I do apologise). It’s a crazy world out there and even crazier when it comes to discount designer sales. Hold your own and you’ll go far my friend.
The successful employment and implementation of these tactics enabled me to score the below:
- An odd but fun cactus-floral-camo dress shirt. Can’t wait to pull this bad boy out at the office
- A plush oversized sweater with the statement “free jazz” boldly stamped on the front. Will have to wait a few months before I can pull this baby out, but I happily await the day
- A pair of bright blue swim shorts. I’ve been searching for these puppies for months
- A dark maroon, almost metallic, well-fitted suit. Don’t need it – don’t care – I adore it!
- A beautiful floral silk necktie. Enough said.
- A thin pale leather belt – another staple I’ve been on the prowl for, for quite some time
All in all, I’d say it was a hugely successful spontaneous shopping spree. Might not have all the Christmas presents I need just yet, but at least I can sport some new threads while I go searching for them.
Gentleman, the Paul Smith warehouse sale is open for the next few days only, at Paddington Town Hall, Oxford Street, Paddington. For those of you dubious of designer discount sales, don’t be – there were pieces at this one still available full price at David Jones. Score.
* Still on a bit of a shopping high, really.