This is a great time of the year to purchase fall clothes, shoes and boots that are on sale from last year. I’m looking for great deals on not-too-trendy pieces that will jump start my fall wardrobe. I don’t want to spend too much though, because I want to save the bulk of my fall budget for things that are starting to hit the stores.
Here are my picks for fall deals and steals:
I wanted to buy this DKNY (at Bloomindales.com) last winter, I can’t believe I have another opportunity–at a great price! With it’s cropped length and 3/4 sleeve, it still looks fresh:
My after July 4th shopping philosophy:
- buy staples like T-shirts and jeans while they’re on sale
- buy warm weather clothes in classic silhouettes that will still look great next year (see my last post, Shopping the Summer Sales I)
- splurge on a designer piece or two that I couldn’t possible afford at full price. One caveat–I have to LOVE it for 10 years and it has to be something that fits into my wardrobe–no sequined T-shirts or chartreuse stilettos, no matter how great a deal!
- hunt for great deals on the fall/winter clothes left over from last year (that is the subject of my next post, Shopping the Summer Sales III) Read more
The scene: It’s time to start planning a fall wardrobe and to stop buying summer clothes…UNLESS… great deals can be found on clothes that will still look fresh next summer
The outfits: some great outfits to wear to work, with dark pallets that will seamlessly take you into fall
#1 Unbelievable that this gorgeous basic can be had for a great price–Trina Turk black wide leg slacks (Chickdowntown.com) paired with a sweet but sophisticated silk blouse that you can wear all year long (from Milly at Chickdowntown.com). Or, if your workplace is more serious, how about a flattering little shirt-jacket with these slacks. (from Theory at Chickdowntown.com) The proportion is perfect–short and fitted over long and loose. Add some smokin’ black heels and silver jewelry and you’re set to go
The scene: A casual summer wedding, in a garden or on a patio or a bridal shower, brunch or other daytime summer celebration
The outfit: A floaty garden party dress (Foley + Corinna at Chickdowntown.com) paired with whimsical shoes (Donna Karan at Zappos.com) with heels that won’t sink into the grass, a little sweater (Talbots.com) for some coverage and one piece of statement jewelry–a gemstone necklace
The scene: A mountain or north woods vacation where it’s warm during the day and cool at night
The outfit: Perfect fitting straight leg khakis (Banana Republic.com) and a chambray shirt (J.Crew.com) pulled together with a rugged Cole Haan tote and Ralph Lauren belt (both at Nordstrom.com), Minnetonka moccasins(Nordstrom.com) and a beautiful turquoise cuff(Novica.com)
The event: Causal Friday or causal office appropriate clothes
The outfit: A comfortable pull-on skirt (DKNY.com) with a fitted T in an “urban color” to give it some authority (Banana Republic.com), a casual pair of heeled sandals (Born at Zappos.com) and some fun, naturalist jewelry(Novica.com)
If I were challenged to wear white pants every day of the summer I could definitely do it! White pants can fit almost any occasion…here is my ultimate white pant collection:
White silk trousers–these are perfect for any time you want to get dressed up a little or a lot and they’re great for early in the summer when you’re not ready to bare your legs. Read more
The event: A day of shopping and lunch with friends
The outfit: Clothing that is easy to get on and off…a simple shift (Diane von Fursenberg on sale at dvf.com), comfortable walking shoes (Celine at Bloomingdales.com, set off with silver jewelry (earrings by Argento Vivo, bracelet by Ralph Lauren both at Bloomindales.com) and a roomy bag (Bloomindales.com)
The event: A summer day at the office and you want to look pulled together
The outfit: A simple, elegant summer dress (on sale at Neiman Marcus.com), a sweater (Ann Taylor.com) to throw over your shoulders when indoors, some serious pumps (Ferragamo at Nordstrom.com) and chunky jewelry (Nordstrom.com) to add a little edge.