I will admit, I’m an avid sale shopper. I like the thrill of the hunt, and the glorious feeling of finding that item you have been searching for, for a fraction of the cost. If I get things on sale, after I’m jumping for joy on the inside of all the money I just saved, I will add up the total cost of the items had I bought them full price and calculate the percentage that I just paid for them instead (can you tell I like math and logic). I scored a white maxi dress with tassels that I’m CERTAIN I will wear when I get invited to go to the Hamptons…wrong.
I’ve had to learn over the years (and I’m still learning) that just because something is on sale, especially a designer piece, doesn’t mean it’s cute. I remember shopping with my mom one time and I found something that probably resembled an actual paper bag. Ill fitted, baby food colored dress and all I cared about was the percentage of retail value to how much I could purchase it for. I showed my mom and she said “Nicolette, that is soOoOOooo ugly” (and if any of you know me or my mom, it had a dry, Mexican accent associated with it). I’m sure I gave her a hard eye roll before saying “BUT MOMMMMM it’s MILLY!” I’m sure she didn’t care, the dress was still a paper bag. We left, sans dress, and looking back that’s probably when I first started attempting to realize that there’s just some designer pieces that maybe should have not been created, or saved just for the runway.
If I took a good look at my closet and you asked me what my favorite articles of clothing I have, I would probably say:
- Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans – $100
- Zara Ruffle Sleeve shirt – $20
- Agolde Parker Shorts – $125
- F21 Olive Crop Top – $15
- Target Nude Block heel – $22
- Target NASA Tee – $12
- Target White booties – $30
- HH leather jacket (thrifted) – $15
- Lululemon leggings – $100
- Valentino Combat boots – $125
While some of those were insane designer steals, 3/10 came from Target. Anytime I need a nude heel (and I have several of the same type), I 99% will reach for the Target ones because they are relatively comfortable and have withstood many events. I think the perception of being an influencer or following an influencer, this is not always true, is that everything we have is designer when that’s not the case. I love shopping at Target, F21 (online only bc that store stresses me out), H&M, Zara, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack. I have found some of my favorite articles of clothing at these places. I think as I’ve gotten older and have wanted to create more of a capsule wardrobe, purchasing for quality vs. quantity, I’ve tried to be smarter about my purchases. Sure that Tibi top that’s on major sale I might wear once is cute, but is it actually worth it? Does it fit perfectly? Do I have to wear certain things with it? Can I only wear it to specific places or events? If the answer is yes to any of these questions (the fit I’m a little more lenient on since I have a bomb tailor), then it’s going to have to be a hard pass. I will tell myself “yeah it’s a deal, but that’s $40 you could allocate to something a little bit more that you’ll actually get more use out of.”
One of my girlfriend’s and I play an OVER/UNDER game. We’ll send each other a picture of something without disclosing who makes it or how much it is, and the other will respond with a max dollar amount of what she would pay for it. Most of the time, unless I love it, if she says $50 and it’s $75, I won’t get it. It helps keep both of us accountable and we even weigh in on things like…don’t you have something like that? Or that looks not worth it. Assess what you are buying and put labels aside. If you like it and will wear it for years and can justify the cost/wear, get it. If not, leave it for someone else.