Fashion

Shopping Ahead of the Season + Tips and Tricks for Buying on a Budget

Welcome back! In today’s post, I will be discussing how I shop for clothes ahead of an upcoming season. It sounds a little strange, however just hear me out. Lately, I have been on the lookout for fall clothes, especially sweaters, skirts, and OTK boots. I already have enough jeans and tote bags (practical for carrying around my Mac to school), thus will not be diving into those categories as much. With the Fall2017/Winter2018 season officially coming to an end, there are still a lot fall/winter inventory left over. Since they are out of season, most of them are on sale or clearance. Here a some items I have found thus far.

Image 1 of DOUBLE V-NECK SWEATER from ZaraZara Double V-Neck Sweater in mustard

Sale price: $25.99

Image 2 of OVERSIZED SWEATER WITH SEAM DETAILS from Zara

Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in orange

Sale price: $25.99

Image 1 of OVERSIZED SWEATER WITH SEAM DETAILS from Zara

Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in light gray

Sale price: $25.99

Image 2 of DIAGONAL KNIT SWEATER from Zara

Zara Diagonal Knit Sweater in black

Sale price: $19.99

Image 4 of SWEATER WITH PUFF SLEEVES from Zara

Zara Sweater with Puff Sleeves in green

Sale price: $25.99

Image result for Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater

Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in black

Sale price: $39.99

Image result for Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater

Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in pink

Sale price: $39.99

V-neck Sweater - Orange - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M V-Neck Sweater in orange

Sale price: $17.99

Double-knit Sweater - Red - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Double-Knit Sweater in red

Sale price: $19.99

Knit Wool-blend Sweater - Cerise - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Knit Woll-blend Sweater in cerise

Sale price: $22.99

Knit Sweater - White - Ladies | H&M CA 2

H&M Knit Sweater in white

Sale price: $24.99

Image 4 of CHECK MINI SKIRT from Zara

Zara Check Mini Skirt in gray/tan

Sale price: $19.99

Image 3 of FAUX SUEDE MINI SKIRT from Zara

Zara Faux Suede Mini Skirt in pale pink

Sale price: $17.99

Image 1 of SUEDE MINI SKIRT from Zara

Zara Suede Mini Skirt in mustard

Sale price: $19.99

Michael Kors Harland Boot in black

Sale price: $269.98

Artica boots in black

Sale price: $249.98

Image result for RAPISARDI RON WHITE Rapisardi by Ron White Velda Platform Boots

Rapisardi Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Velda Platform Boots in black

Sale price: $197.50

Image result for RON WHITE Rapisardi by Ron White Long Tammy Boots

Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Long Tammy Boots in black

Sale price: $222.50

Angelica Over the Knee Boot,
                        Main,
                        color, Black Faux Patent

Kenneth Cole New York Angelica Over the Knee Boot in black faux patent

Sale price: $138.76

Image of Stuart Weitzman Keenland Knee High Stretch Suede Boot

Stuart Weitzman Keenland Knee High Stretch Suede Boots in topsue

Sale price: $429.97

Image of Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot

Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97
Image of Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot

Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97

When shopping for clothes every year, most styles and cuts remain the same for that brand. The only major changes are the colours and patterns of that season. Also, buying good quality, classic pieces also help reduce the amount of spending, since they can be reused in numerous outfit combinations. The catch here is buying from a good quality retailer and looking for good quality materials, so that it will last longer. I try not to buy cheaper-made clothing as I know I will end up having to buy another of the exact same in little time due to deterioration of the original item. This results in extra spending for repeated purchases of the same item. Buying it once and it being of good quality saves money and time, two very precious commodities, in the long run.

In addition to out of season stock being discounted, another trick is the time of purchase. Their are multiple times during the year that almost all stores are on sale (depending on which part of the world you inhabit). These annual sales usually take place during a civic holiday, such as labour day, thanksgiving, boxing day, new years eve, easter, Victoria day, memorial day, and Canada day. Sales also tend to occur during cultural holidays, such as Valentine’s day, St Patrick’s day, mother’s day (usually women’s clothing), father’s day (usually men’s clothing), Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Halloween. Another good sale time is the first couple of days of a new product/clothing line and the end of season sale. I try to plan my purchases around these times during the year. Their are a couple of ways I do so. I either go to the store, browse the entire selection, and try on my picks. Whatever items fit well and that I want to purchase, I take a picture of it and the tag with the price and my size. However, I do not purchase it if it is full priced. In my safari bookmarks, I have a folder specifically for these “fashion cravings” as I call it. I visit these pages ever week, looking out for sales. When that item does go on sale, I purchase it online.

The other method is kind of the opposite. When a store is on sale, I browse the sale section and purchase online whatever has caught my eye. I usually double-up on the item if I am unsure of my size. When my package is delivered, I try everything on and decide what to keep and what to return to the store. I usually buy enough to qualify for free shipping. The reason I buy an item in more than one size is because having to go to the store to exchange and try it on again is really a hassle. Also, when exchanging for a size, it is usually a final sale. Therefore, if that new size does not work, you are stuck with a non-refundable purchase.

Most of all the clothes you have seen on my Instagram and other blog posts have been purchase at a discount. As a university student paying my way through school, I cannot afford many wants and desires. I keep my money for tuition, books, parking, gas, and other necessities. Luckily, I do not pay rent or utilities since I still live at home with my parents and brothers. I could have gone away for school, but I would have graduated with students debts, which goes against my goal of graduating without any debts. Of course, once I start my Master’s degree, I will have no choice but to take out students loans, hence why I try to save most of my money earned.

Resisting the urge to buy anything of any quality at any time is ultimately the trick to being able to save most of my money and investing in good-quality, long lasting classic pieces. I hope this helps!

xox

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