Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Closet Post Clean-Out and Prepping for Fall
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I'm sorry you had to wait so long until I got a memory card for my camera (I finally found the right kind in Walgreens, of all places). It's almost time to start thinking about switching out the wardrobe for fall!
I think saving money is going to be more on people's minds this upcoming fall season, because clothing prices are going up. I noticed the prices on the LL Bean website went way up. So, my advice is to start looking at the magazines and newspapers, online and print, and the various style blogs that are out there to spot what the trends will be for fall. You might want to go through your fall wardrobe now, to check for what you already own, what can last another season, what has to go or be repaired (rips, tears, stains, holes, missing buttons, poor fit, etc.), and make a list of items that you will need to make complete outfits and basic items that need to be replaced. This way you'll be prepared when the pre-season sales start, and you'll know what to get, and you'll be set until spring. I know Nordstroms already had their pre-season sale, but some stores like Macy's haven't started yet.
It's best to update the trends through accessories - you can pick up inexpensive accessories at places like Claire's or Forever 21. Chico's, J. Jill, Coldwater Creek, Limited, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Express, Lane Bryant and Avenue all have accessories that you can use to update your look, depending on your budget and style. If you really like a funky, trendy look, you can go to Hot Topic or Torrid. Don't forget places like Target, K-Mart and Walmart. Just remember you don't have to spend a lot to look like a million. As long as you like it and it makes you feel positive and confident, that's what matters.
And don't forget your outerwear! Check your outerwear and make sure it's in good shape for the coming season. If you haven't already cleaned your outerwear before putting it away for the summer (which is a good idea, but *ahem* I didn't do that), wash it or dry clean it before you start wearing it for the fall and winter. If dry cleaning is out of the question, for whatever reason, you can brush your outerwear clean with a garment brush, and, if it's safe for the fabric, you can spritz it with water and brush it off and hang it to dry, or you can spray Febreze on it and hang it to air out. If you're lucky enough to have a clothesline, you can hang it outside. Obviously, one should never put water or liquid on suede, nubuck or leather.
If you're in the market for an investment handbag, and you have a Coach store near you, I recommend signing up post-haste for their preferred customer list, so you can get one of the coupons that they send out for their pre-season sale. Last year they were offering $100 off a $300 purchase. I think you have to make an initial purchase in order to be considered for the coupons, but maybe not. Ask at the counter.
There's also the Coach Outlet, which has similar handbags and leather goods to the regular Coach stores, but at sale prices. You can signup online, and they have flash sales. HOWEVER! Do not spend money you don't have just to look good. Save first, then indulge. That way you won't put yourself behind the 8-ball in terms of your finances. This is a lesson I'm still working on, but if you're lucky enough to work for a living, and earn a decent salary, you're in a position to save for what you need and want, and there's no need to go into debt. Avoid the debt trap at all costs.