I love to dress up for work. That’s no secret. That said, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on my clothes. But, if you’ve read my blog before, you already know this. 🙂
People often ask how I find such amazing deals. It’s really quite simple: anytime I walk into a store or load a store’s webpage online, I head straight for the sales section. At Target, for example, I go straight for the clearance section and always walk right over to the 70 and 50 percent off racks. Online, if browsing Piperlime.com, AnnTaylor.com…you name it; I first click on the Sale tab, then immediately sort by price (low to high), and don’t consider buying anything that isn’t marked off 60% or more. I guess the other important part of this is that, I don’t shop for special occasions or for certain outfits. I’m always on the hunt for deals and steals, so that if a special occasion or a need for a new outfit rolls around, amazingly priced options already exist in my closet and I don’t have to stress while in the store because “I can’t find anything to wear”. See, being prepared works even for avid shoppers like me!
That’s how I’ve manged to score some of the outfits below! Check them out:
Photo: My 5-year old son
The skirt in the outfit above is from the Target clearance racks. It was marked down to about $5. I paired it with a $10 top from the sale section at Forever 21, a $6 necklace from Francesca’s (also on sale), nude BCBGeneration heels from TJ Maxx (super old), and my 10-year wedding anniversary gift…Louis #3 (thank you bunches, hubby!!). Replace the shoes and bag with items you already own (aka ‘free’), and you have a decent outfit for work for less than $25!
This next outfit cost $16 total, minus the shoes (but they are so old, they are practically free now, haha!):
This dress was tucked between all of the XL clothes on a clearance rack at the Gap. It is a small. Moral of this short story: Be a signage skeptic! Just because the rack sign indicates the clothes are not in your size, doesn’t necessarily mean that one or more items have been misplaced and are waiting for you to find them! So, $11 later, this dress was mine! Add a $5 necklace from Walmart (another lesson to be learned here…be an equal opportunity shopper), and $16 later, you have a prim and proper outfit for work! You could even wear this to dinner with colleagues or to church on Sunday!
I happened to stop by Ann Taylor this past week and they were having an additional 60% discount on all of their sale merchandise. This blazer was on sale, but originally priced at $200. I got it for $15! Major #winning moment! The dress I purchased for $8 (originally ~$45) earlier in the year during a flash sale on Gap.com, the necklace was $15 at Lotus Boutique, the belt was $8 at Anthropologie (also old), and the shoes/bag, well, we’ve already covered those above. 🙂
So you see, a little bit of savvy shopping can go a long way! All looks are office appropriate and won’t break your bank either.
Here are a few basics from JCrew.com, all under $24 with code SOSWEET. The items below are all in the ‘Sale’ Section, and you get an additional 40% off the marked sale price…AND, don’t forget to sort by price!! The sale is going on in stores as well.
Until next time! Stay Chic!