Once a year, I buy 90% of my new wardrobe for the entire year. (This does not include gifts and hand-me-downs from family, friends and teenagers.)
Here’s my strategy:
• I go to the end-of-summer sale at Ann Taylor Loft. By September, the store is loaded with steeply discounted summer clothes that are perfect for the year-round warm weather in Miami
• I buy skirts, shirts, jackets at thrift store prices
• I try to avoid trendy items
• Only if needed: I buy hats, bathing suits, sandals and other accessories at various stores: Marshalls, Payless Shoes
Recent savings at Ann Taylor Loft.
Black skirt: full price $60
I paid: $14.88
Black Tee shirt: full price: $19.00
I paid: $6.88
I used this strategy last year, and the tee-shirts (dress-up or dress down) still look crisp and the jackets look great.
I goofed on one skirt that was so cute, but so ill-suited for my figure. Hint: It was unflattering in a way that JLo and Beyonce might understand. (I gave that skirt away.) I also gave away a tee-short that was too big for me.
I’ve also picked up cute sandals at Payless Shoes for under $6. My puppy ate one pair ( I should have locked my closet door ) and the other still looks good.
I’ve also purchased bathing suits at Marshall’s for less than $5 on sale in August.