Hari Raya has always been the time of the year to showcase your best outfits to your friends and family. One trend that always stands out among families is to match outfits with the same colour or pattern. Only this time around, shopping is limited to online as shops are still closed due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). The public is advised to minimise outdoor activities and to avoid large gatherings. With the ongoing battle to reduce COVID-19 cases, its best to keep festive activities to a minimum. But that does not mean the spirit of Hari Raya should die down.
Shopping can be something to look forward too. Even with the bad economic situation, shopping for stylish Raya clothing does not need to be expensive. Here are our 5 humble tips on how to shop and stay stylish on Syawal 1.
1. Ready-to-Wear Collections
For some families, it has always been a norm to have their ‘Baju Kebaya’ or ‘Baju Melayu’ tailored. But with the recent Movement Control Order (MCO), it is inconvenient for many to go out of the house and get their measurements taken. So for this year, why not opt for ready-to-wear collections instead? Although it might not be as fitted as you would prefer it to be, a little sewing and adjustments could do the trick. Moreover, since these collections are produced in bulk, the price of it would be much cheaper as compared to tailor-made clothing. Check out some of the ready-to-wear collections on Zalora, Fashion Valet, Pop Look, Pokoks, Losravelda.
2. Discounts & Promo Codes
When it is near to Raya, many online stores would be throwing out discounts. Look out for these promo codes and price markdowns. If you are lucky enough, you would be able to get something in your size with a fraction of the price. Sometimes online stores sell items in bulk like 3 for RM99 for instance. It is always a good idea to share that deal with your family and friends to enjoy more discounts.
Or you can also download Honey, if you are too lazy to be searching for the best discounts or promo codes. To use Honey, download into your browser extension that automatically searches and finds coupon codes that you can apply during checkout for more discounts. Though this platform is more popularly used in the States but it does work too in Malaysia.
3. Cashback Reward Platforms
What’s better than shopping and getting rewarded for shopping? Download your free Shopback account. Browse through over 500 stores available online. For instance, through Shopback you can download Shopee promo codes like free shipping and get additional cashback of up to 6%. The cashback will then be credited into your account within 48 hours and you can withdraw it into your bank as real cash. For instance, if you spend RM100, you get RM6 cashback.
4. Shop Local Indie Brands
If you are into modest wear with a minimalist touch, there are a few local indie brands that sell them. During this challenging and difficult situation, try to shop and help smaller local brands to help them stay afloat. Some of these local brands offer quality modern and stylish designs with an affordable pricing tag. Do check out Whimsigirl, ANAABU, Oh Sebenar, Petit Moi, Sueka Sueka.
5. Unleash Your Creativity
Try mixing pieces together. You might find an outfit coordinate that you might like. You get to save more and have the ability to style yourself in more than one way. Imagine, a RM30 blouse paired with a printed skirt that can also be paired with a pair of pants? Not only that it is more economical, you can style and wear it for multiple occasions such as wedding party, on a casual day out or for a dinner date. Looking stylish in the morning Aidilfitri does not necessarily require spending a lot of money. You just have to be diligent and wise in selecting that piece of clothing.
Here are some tips for online shopping. You have to be more careful when buying things online. The shortfall of online shopping is you can’t physically try and feel the material of the item. Therefore, make it a habit to read comments and reviews from other customers. Before you place an order, make sure you know your clothes size and measurement. Lastly, double check your order before you make a purchase.
Overall, while deals may be tempting and attractive during this period, it is always advisable to practice conscious spending. Buy what is you need or find necessary. With that, have a fun-filled Hari Raya and happy shopping!
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