End of July/early August means summer sales are in full swing. It’s sad that we’re only mid way through the summer, but in the retail world, it’s already fall. You’ve no doubt seen back to school sales on as well. Every kid’s nightmare…every parent’s dream.
Summer sales are a great time to pick up seasonal classics. Look for white tees that are well-made and designed to last. This Eileen Fisher white tee is on sale at Nordstrom‘s famous anniversary sale, priced at about $108, down from $162. Now, you may think that a hundred bucks is a lot to pay for a t-shirt – but quality makes the difference. I have Marc Cain Sport t-shirts that are 8 or 10 years old, but still look like new. Regular price is about $120 each. But if you calculate cost-per-wear, it’s pennies. I love a quality tee because of its versatility under suit jackets or paired with jeans on the weekend. And, for the record, no one should ever buy a $9.99 t-shirt! Not only is the quality completely lacking, just think about the impacts on the environment, and more importantly, the workers in emerging countries who make pennies a day in order to keep the selling price so low. Usually these tees only last a couple of wears, too!
Another great basic to pick up is a navy blazer. Many designers create a lightweight navy blazer for summer – but this is a fantastic basic that works year-round. Look for a classic style, understated and made of quality fabrics and construction. It will last you for years. The blazer at right is by Marc Cain.
I love a navy blazer for both work and casual looks. Dress it up with a chic blouse and skirt, or a sheath dress. Dress it down with a Breton striped tee and jeans.
Look for fine finishing, a well-executed cut, smooth lining and quality buttons. Warning signs are rumpled hems, loose threads, loose buttons, and a puckered fit.
Some things to avoid on sale, no matter how deeply discounted, are this year’s trends. They won’t be in style next year, meaning you’ll only have a couple of weeks to wear them this summer before they hit the donation pile next year. Also, remember to shop for your style personality. This year, boho or “festival” tops are all the rage – but if you’re a Classic or Sporty style type, these will not look right on you. Save your money and buy items that fit your style and your lifestyle.