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Cheap and chic of the week: shopping the sales

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The focus today is on wardrobe classics, because suddenly I’m feeling like I don’t have enough of them and, as the old saying goes, news is what happens to editors. Let’s start out with this wool and cashmere blend coat from J. Crew, which if you’re at all interested in you should not delay in purchasing, because the Crew is currently doing that thing where they take 40% off everything that’s already on sale.

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These I already own, and they are the perfect slouchy skinny boyfriend jeans if you really want the emphasis to be on slouchy.

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OK, these are still on the steep side, but take a moment to marvel at how exactly right they are and ask yourself if you can really afford to live without them.

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I’m not big on referring to any one article of clothing as an absolute must-have, but I know that getting dressed in the winter would be a lot more of a chore without the always-handy style-in-one-step crutch that is my black cashmere V-neck.

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You know how some pieces just look like they’d immediately be welcomed into the groove of your wardrobe and worn constantly? That’s how I feel about this top, which I’ve had my eye on all season. It has the clean lines of a basic white button-down, but is so much more feminine, and just seems like it would be crazy versatile.

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Posted on December 20th, 2013 6 Comments

6 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    These are all great staples, and if I hadn’t already completely blown out my clothing “budget” I’d get them all. I’m the absolute worst at holiday shopping–no “one for them, one for me,” more like “one for them, THREE for me.”

  2. Katie Lynn says:

    Really, those boots are an investment. How many pairs of knee-high boots will you buy in a lifetime? Not that many. So that pair is perfect for a pair of shoes that you’ll likely own for several years. (HI! I’m an enabler! Friends’ husbands have banned them shopping with me!)

    That last shirt is the thing I never knew I needed in my wardrobe. I am always jealous of people who can wear that flowy clothing. I have a rather large chest and wearing such things turns them into a circus tent. But this one looks promising.

    • Jen says:

      I have an almost identical pair of boots I bought years (7?) ago from Banana Republic, and can attest that the style has stood the test of time. I think I paid $99 for mine, so if you get as much wear out of the Loeffler Randall version as I have, I think it’s worth it (yes, I’m a shopping enabler too!) And to be honest, after looking at the Rag & Bone and Acne boot price tags, $298 starts to sound reasonable.

      • Katie Lynn says:

        I’m not allowed to disclose the actual amount of money I spent (ahem, it was definitely more than $300!), but I bought a pair of custom boots from DUO. Highly recommend for anyone with a larger or smaller than average calf size.

  3. Michelle says:

    More awesome sale posts please for us lazy online shoppers.