I’ve taken a little blogging break the past couple of days to chill and spend time with family and friends. On Christmas Day, we visited some good friends in Long Beach for “leftovers lunch.” (They had their big family celebration on Christmas Eve.) What I Wore, above.
On Monday, we’ll be hosting a family brunch. These relaxed gatherings are my favorite part of the holidays!
Most of the pieces I’m wearing are older and/or sold out, so I’ve linked to similar styles. The red sweater is was purchased on sale last summer in London. The faux fur jacket (Madewell) is three years old, also purchased on sale.
Navigating The After Christmas Sales
When it comes to any sales, my advice is always, “don’t buy something just because it’s marked down.” It will only save you money if it’s something you’ll wear or use. A corollary to that is, “if you wouldn’t look twice at full price, walk right by it on sale.”
Shopping big sales can be overwhelming and disorienting. Here are a few more tips for finding value (as opposed to “bargains”) on sale:
- Stay focused. Make a list and check it twice. 😉 What are some of the wardrobe gaps you’re hoping to fill? What special occasions might be coming up in 2020 that you’ll need to dress for? What well-loved and -worn pieces in your wardrobe are on their last legs?
- Know your best colors and shapes, and stick to them. That gorgeous fuchsia silk blouse may seem like a bargain, but not if that color doesn’t suit you, or work with the rest of your wardrobe.
- Don’t be afraid to purchase out-of-season items. (I bought that red sweater in July, knowing that it would be months before I’d be able to wear it. Am so glad I did!)
Everlane is having a Choose What You Pay event and it includes some not-so-basic-basics, like this cashmere crew in a pretty pink that you can wear well into Spring. (A few other colors included too.)
Anthropologie – extra 40% off sale items
Aquatalia – 30% off sitewide with code NEWYEAR30
Black – 20% off all collections (through today only)
Chico’s – Semi-Annual Sale, up to 70% off
J.Crew – extra 50% off sale styles with code BIGSALE
Madewell – extra 30% off sale styles
Net-a-Porter – up to 70% off
Talbot’s – extra 40% off sale items
And one thing that’s not on sale, still (IMO) a good value…
More picks from the sales…