Summer apparel is on sale! Big time!
Many retailers have summer styles on sale for up to 75% off of original prices. These crazy deep discounts may seem like amazing deals, but it's best to approach these racks with caution.
The summer's end clearance racks can hold incredible treasures...but you need to know what to snag and what to leave.
The goal is always to...
Only purchase items that you love! Pieces that will truly enhance your wardrobe, regardless of the price.
The SALE rack in August casts a spell. It's easy to be overwhelmed and lured into spending due to the extreme savings. Don't do it!
Right now, it's best to think 'transition'. No one wants to see summer come to an end, yet it always does and then summer merchandise looks out of place. Don't waste your money on pieces that won't improve your fall wardrobe.
Will this piece coordinate with my fall clothing?
Can I find ways to keep wearing this piece as the weather changes?
If the answer is "Yes" and the price is right....grab it!
I use these guidelines when trying to decide which pieces will work
in the coming season...
The Basics -
Fabric. Cotton will pair better with fall fabrics than linen. Linen almost always says 'summer'. Cotton t-shirts and blouses can translate into fall much easier than linen. For sweaters, seek heavier, chunkier knits. These will make more sense as the temperature drops.
Color. Choose darker, richer colors over lighter, paler shades. Great price on a t-shirt? No problem, just lean toward the color that will play well with fall hues.
Sleeve length. Look for full length sleeves over 3/4 sleeves. It's challenging to layer a top with 3/4 sleeves without feeling like your sleeves are smooshed at the elbow. A full length sleeve is much easier to layer.
Fabric weight. Avoid blouses and sweaters that are just too flimsy. Summer tops are breezy to combat the heat, but they get lost or rumpled when layering and tend to look out of place with heavier fall fabrics.
Below are some items currently on sale at Anthroplogie. I use these as examples because I know the pieces and the quality from working in the store at the Personal Stylist. I can honestly and easily recommend each of the items shown below. Click on photos for more information. Please note that you can use these tips at any retailer.
This tank by TLA is soft and comfortable. Great color to take you into fall.
Easy to layer for warmth.
I own this Maeve blouse in a stripe. It has a beautiful drape and washes well.
Perfect for wearing into fall and even winter.
I love this poncho! Super soft and ideal for the cooler weather of fall. This would layer well over a long sleeved t-shirt. The indigo stripes are super with darker denim.
If you find a pair of great fitting jeans on sale this season...buy them. In general, denim is denim regardless of the season. Things to consider when buying jeans on summer clearance...
Color. Dark colors will usually work best with fall clothing. Inky dark washes will feel at home with the rich shades of fall.
Length. Full length or longer cropped denim is more versatile. Summer brings a lot of cropped styles. Once it turns chilly, it's nice to have the option to just roll the hem a little bit.
Citizens of Humanity Rocket- these jeans have something of a cult following.
Those who love them jump at the chance to score any wash on sale!
These are long enough for booties or flats or to tuck into tall boots.
The Very Summery Stuff- Only if...you have a warm weather getaway scheduled in the next few months. Let's say you know you will be in the tropics for the holidays...go ahead and buy a few summer pieces on sale. It's often difficult to find warm weather options (at great prices) during the colder months. However, this doesn't mean you should shop sale based on a fantasy, unplanned vacation:-)
Sandals- Classic, well-made sandals in a neutral color. Go ahead and tuck them away for next year!
Dresses- A beautiful, effortless summer dress or skirt. No trendy items...opt only for a classic style and color that you know you will love wearing next summer!
Swimwear- Again, only styles that will look timeless make the cut.
Easy silk dress. Love the color. I'd be happy to pull this out for vacation or next summer!
Timeless. Metallic. Chic.
Remember... only buy things you truly love! It's not a great deal if it's destined to hang in your closet unworn. Be choosy. When in doubt...
save your money! There's sure to be a new must-have item as the fall merchandise begins to hit the stores.
Questions? Not sure if you should buy or not?
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Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
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