Posts Tagged: clearance

When to Buy

When to shop for and buy seasonal fashion items like coats, swimwear, and boots

While I discourage buying sale items SOLELY based on low or discounted prices, I encourage savvy bargain shopping. And I’ve learned to monitor the price fluctuations of certain seasonal items. None of these will be shocking revelations, as the main pattern is that bargains emerge at the end of a season … but I thought I’d share my observations and see if you have any to add!

Coats: Late January

This is one of the few seasonal items that can typically be purchased relatively early in the season on sale. Coats often get marked down right after Christmas, so if you can bear to wear older outerwear until January, you’ll be able to nab a new coat for a song. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-20 06:20:21.

Reader Request: Prioritizing Wardrobe Wants

Tips for prioritizing the items on your wardrobe wish list

My fantastic client S. e-mailed me this question:

I can see though that this will be a lifelong process and I will never “done.” There are many, many areas where I can continue to learn and evolve. This leads in part to one of my questions, how do you decide how much to buy? I know this is intensely personal and based on many values, but I would be curious how you and other readers make this choice. I filled some obvious holes to make items wearable that I couldn’t even use. I also wanted to have some dresses and other fun pieces and I bought those, but I wouldn’t say I have any real needs now. Yet, I can see areas where I could fill in with items that are more on trend or would look better to my eye and to be a stylish dresser I think that one needs to continue to shop. Angie at You Look Fab had a piece a few months ago from a reader on setting a budget, which I really enjoyed, but for me this is about more than a budget. How do I weigh among wants, which pieces to buy? How much is enough? How many times does a piece have to be worn to have made it a good investment? read more