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Style me Cheaply

March 24, 2011

Anyone who has met me in real life will tell you that I have an insane amount a lot of clothes and shoes. To the point where it’s kind of a problem (especially if you ask D). I love dressing up, I love accessorizing, I love adding a fun scarf or green snakeskin ballet flats to add an unexpected twist. But, my love of clothes can get me into financial trouble.

I have spent way to much money on clothes.  My solution is a resolution that I made back in January; I was shopping for new clothes for a job interview, but had limited funds and wanted bang for my buck.  I swung by a Marshall’s and actually took time to go through the racks, and ended up walking out with a fabulous sheath dress and a beautiful blazer that were both on clearance. I paid about $130, rather than the $390 retail price. And in that moment I realized that paying full price for clothes was insane and I needed to stop doing it. Right. Then.

So, I made a decision that I would not buy any clothing, shoes or accessories, if they were not on sale (and a good sale at that). I’m not going to take this to the extreme of Salvation Army and Thrift store-only buying, because 1) Salvation Army stores kind of skeeve me out because they smell bad (shallow, I know),  2) given the fact that I am 10 feet tall, I usually can’t find pants, skirts, or shoes in my size at a lot of places.

But, I am working hard to keep this resolution, and so far, I’ve done pretty good job– I’ve only bought 1 sweater and 1 pair of shoes (both on sale) since mid-January, which I think is pretty impressive.  I’m just going to avoid going to regular malls from now on and do most of my shopping at:

  • Marshall’s (though I have learned that not all Marshall’s are created equal.  I like the few locations I have found where things are more or less reliably divided by size and there isn’t clothing all over the floor)
  • Filene’s Basement– there is now a location not to far away, and they have great stuff
  • Nordstrom Rack (My favorite– and now there is one that is metro accessible, although I would have to avoid the temptations of nearby Pentagon City Mall).  And I just want to wax on for a moment longer about Nordstrom and how much I love it– and the main reason is that they actually carry a large selection of size 11 shoes.  Nordstrom’s started as a shoe store back in the day, so they still keep an impressive array of styles and sizes.  And at the rack– they are on super sale!
  • Outlet shopping– But only if they are having a special sale of some kind– otherwise, I never have luck with finding real clothing deals at outlets


A favorite pair of Franco Sarto Mary janes purchased for 70% off at Nordstrom Rack

So, I’m going to be working hard to stick to my goal– which will be especially difficult as it gets warmer and pretty, pretty sundresses start calling my name from the full price racks.  Dear readers, any tips or other locations I should check out to help me keep the balance between looking fabulous and being financially solvent?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2011 9:25 am

    Look for coupon codes online. I NEVER buy anything online without a coupon code.

    • March 25, 2011 12:01 am

      Coupon codes are key. I have given up on buying clothes online though– it is like the kiss of death for me because nothing I buy online EVER fits me right 😦

  2. Jennifer permalink
    March 24, 2011 11:19 am

    Yes – is great. They have coupon codes for so many stores. they also have excellent sales that they publish on their website.

    Also, become a member at your favorite stores. I get a coupon twice a week from Limited and New York and Company. NY&C is currently running a B1G1 half off sale, plus I have a $50 off a $100 purchase coupon on top of that, just for being a member.

    • March 25, 2011 12:03 am

      I had not heard of! That looks like a great site. Also, we should go shopping at NY&C at some point– the clothes they have in their window at the moment are super cute

  3. March 24, 2011 6:42 pm

    have you checked out shoedazzle?

    • March 25, 2011 12:04 am

      I joined shoedazzle, but I have never bought anything from them. I take it you have had success?

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