Hi Everyone! I have decided to add a new feature over here at What I Really Wear and I thought I would show you how to get real style on a real (tight) budget. I’ll discuss how I made decisions on what to buy and how to snag some great deals. Sounds good? Great, let’s begin.
I went on a shopping trip to the Old Navy outlet and the New York & Company outlet in May. Yes, I am lucky enough to live near outlets and yes, it is now July. Moving on. I bought only two things and spent $30.07.
I really wanted to like these purple pants. I was totally willing to jump onto the pastel pant bandwagon for $6. But, alas, they did not fit me well (too tight in the thighs, as is everything, sigh…) and were corduroy. There was no way I would wear corduroy until the winter and I considered buying them to keep till then, but then I remembered: corduroy + too tight in thighs = that terrible zipping sound when you walk. I was already self conscious in them and I have resolved to only buy clothes that I feel awesome in. So, no thank you.
I normally would not have picked up this cardigan because of the crazy pattern and the neon green. I am usually a non-big pattern person but I picked this up because it was $7.49. Clearance racks are the best place to take a fashion risk and trying it on is free. I went back and forth on this but ultimately decided that it would do me good to have a patterned cardigan because I did not own one and I had been meaning to branch out into more patterns. I bought it and figured that I would try to see what else I could wear it with. Turns out, I can wear it with a lot and I wear it a lot (my office is freezing). Score one for the sales rack!
Oooh a mint cardigan! A) Mint is very in right now, B) it goes with a lot of colors, and C) this is a great medium-weight so I can ward off the office air conditioner in the summer. But then there’s D) I already have almost exactly this cardigan. It just is more of a sea-foam than a mint. And it has a small hole in a seam on the forearm so it’s in my mending pile and hence I almost forgot about it. I have also resolved to not buy duplicates of stuff I already own. So, pass on this mint cardigan.
New York & Company
I don’t usually shop at New York & Company since I tend to find their stuff plain or predictable, but they are usually well priced and a good place for basics, so I checked out their big Mother’s Day sale that they were having while I was there (yes, back in May).
These pants are bright cobalt blue. It’s hard to get the color correct on camera, but trust me, they are awesome. I saw them when I walked in and broke my rule to check the sale racks first. These pants are trouser cut cigarette pants which are cropped at the ankle. They were on sale for $21 so I tried them on, loved them, and bought them. I thought they were another trendy fashion gamble, but it turns out that I love these pants and wear them all the time. I even wear them to work since they have a great “hip professional” vibe. Win.
This top caught my eye because it was bright pink (which complements my skin tone) and very light and airy, perfect for summer. I considered it and shimmied around in the dressing room mirror, then realized that even this small sized top was cut too large for me. As you can see from the side view, the top is cut very roomy width-wise and if I leaned forward it gaped open and slid around on me as I moved around. Too much fabric looks schlumpy and makes me look larger. Plus, I will pull on it and constantly try to re-fit it. If it was cut better I would have bought it, but this time I had to pass.