(Links to where you can purchase some of these pieces at end of this article!)
Hey all! So, it’s been a while since I shared a frugal fashion haul. This haul is quite small with a mix of in-store purchases as well as some pieces I purchased online.
When it comes to fashion and shopping, I do have a style that I tend to stick with. In regards to shopping, I only shop sales racks and clearance. Rarely, if ever, will I venture away unless the item is $10 or less at regular price.
I’m a seasonal shopper – which means that I often purchase seasonally appropriate clothing right before the season starts. In late Spring, I will generally buy warm weather clothing, and in the late Fall, early Winter, I will buy cold weather attire. If you’re the type of person who likes to keep their wardrobe fresh and wear new styles often, then you’d understand why I do not invest much money in clothing. It is only meant to be worn for 2-3 seasons. I think as a young person, our styles and personalities change so much, and so does our wardrobe. I dress a lot different than I did, even a year ago! In the past, I found myself wearing a lot of quirky, bright, and loud clothing which really reflected my college-age personality. Today, I prefer basics, classic, and chic styles that are more career/office friendly which also reflects how much more reserved, quiet and calm I am today. I shop with sensibility in mind, and often think about being able to pair many different pieces together. This is why you’ll find a lot of solid color cardigans, flowy tops, and basic leggings and tank tops in my closet. My wardrobe keeps layering in mind for Spring and Fall as well.
If you were not already aware, the best time to shop for clothing is in-between seasons. This is when a lot of new styles get pushed out by retailers and when you’ll run into the most variety on clearance and sales racks. Most assume the best time to shop is during the holidays, but that’s not entirely true. In recent years, I have landed better deals in April than I have in November-December. In fact, I’d say the absolute best deal I’ve scored was with Old Navy a few weeks ago. I got an additional 30% off already marked down clearance on some beautiful peplum tops, as well as a low-impact sports bra for $6 a pop. I plan to wear these all summer long with a light cardigan!
I love Old Navy and it has been my to-go spot for a long time. One thing that I love about Old Navy is the fact that their clothing runs large, and they also have petite and tall available. I’m a pretty tall gal. I’m somewhere between 5’7″-5’8″, but I am also apple/pear shaped. All my weight is in my tummy, hips and upper thighs. No where else can I find clothing that is long enough to hit below the zipper than at Old Navy. They carry a size that is perfect for me – Tall XL, XXL in straight sizes. They also offer a plus size line that shares many of the same styles. I really recommend Old Navy for their quality, fit, and price (always running sales, always have a lot on clearance online).
I’ve also been having a lot of luck at Marshall’s. A few days ago, I went to Marshall’s with the intention to purchase bras. Yes. Bras. Every lady’s most hated shopping experience involves bras. LOL.
I found a Kathy Ireland t-shirt bra marked down from $42.99 to $6.99. Unfortunately the straps were too short and it didn’t fit as well as I hoped. Am I upset? Not really. It was only $6.99, and it was in part my fault for not thinking I should probably try it on. Duh.
We’ve also been in need of new sheets and a bath rug, as well as same athletic shoes for hubby. We found all of these items for an awesome value at Marshall’s. Last time we were at Marshall’s, he found a great pair of Under Armor shoes on clearance. He scored again this week. He has big feet – size 13-14, which is particularly difficult to find…that has not been the case for our favored Bronx Marshall’s. When it comes to clearance, those large sizes are usually all that’s left. Good thing for him, he has a lot to chose from!
Loves these pieces? Want them for yourself? Some of them are still available online!
Grey lace up top – http://www.rainbowshops.com/Plus-Size-Ribbed-Top-with-Lace-up-Neckline/9003145027,default,pd.html
Peplum floral print top – http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=3&pid=209501002 (I am a size 2X usually, and purchased this in a Tall XL and it is still roomy enough to layer underneath). It’s also comes in their plus size line as well – http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=8&pid=215922012 (1X-4X). Slightly different cut.
Peplum pink striped top – http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=207531002 (I purchased XXL in straight sizes)
Seamless cami sports bra – http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=429321212