Already Prettypoll: Shopping Weaknesses

Over time, I’ve been able to train myself out of (most) clearance rack snap decisions. The refrain of “this is not the last good deal in the world” helps me leave behind amazing bargains, especially when I know that I don’t need them and wasn’t looking for them in the first place. My shopping kryptonite? When the perfect thing crosses my line of sight after months of searching. Example: A recently purchased flippy tencel/denim skirt. I love it to bits and it’s perfect – and not something I’d found on the thrift racks or anywhere that might offer me a real deal – but I paid a lot for it. Possibly more than I should’ve for a casual skirt. But it was THE PERFECT THING!

My other weakness is seeing things I’ve added to my wishlist starting to sell out in my size. Scarcity. Gets me every time. Almost anyway.

What are your shopping weaknesses? Are you a sucker for a certain much-loved item – v-neck cardigans, ballet flats, etc. – under any circumstances? Swayed by bargain prices? Do you stalk stuff online and get anxious when you see your favorites selling out, as I do? What can make you buy, even if you weren’t planning to?

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Warm Weather Business Casual

AP Warm Weather

If it were just warm out that would be one thing, but so often we spend our days in offices where the air conditioning is set anywhere from “approaching pleasant” to “meat locker” so layering is a must. I find a lightweight silk shirt picks up where a jacket leaves off. I picked up these olive chinos recently, and don’t know how I’ve lived so long without them. For those who work in a business casual-BUT-NO-JEANS!! environment, they are a wonderful alternative.

Shirt: Equipment // Tank: Eileen Fisher (also available in Plus) // Pants: J.Crew // Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Sam Edelman


AP Warm Weather 3

I can’t believe how heavy handbags have become over the last few years. One thing about the classic Balenciagas…they are very lightweight.

AP Warm Weather 2

If your workplace doesn’t allow sandals or open-toed shoes, d’orsay styles or open back ankle strap styles like these keep feet cooler than a closed pump, but usually won’t raise an eyebrow from the Dress Code Police.

How do you deal with dressing for the office during warm seasons?

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Already Pretty contributor Une Femme is fifty-seven, married to the same wonderful monsieur since 1995, the mother of a special-needs teenager and two hooligan dogs, a full-time administrative professional, a coffee-holic, Paris-obsessed, native Californian, and a petite and curvy femme d’un certain age. She believes that personal style is an essential form of self-expression, and started her blog, une femme d’un certain âge, in 2007 hoping to start a conversation about style for women over 50.

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