A lot of us are all shopped out after the holidays and looking forward to the upcoming B.Styled Shopping Detox that starts February 1. And maybe your spending freeze has already started. But some of us (raises hand) are looking forward to taking advantage of the great sales going on right now.
Now one thing we don't want to do is what my friends and I used to do in college just before Lent. Stay with me here; there is a connection. We'd decide on all the things we were going to give up (usually involving junk food). Then for the days leading up to Lent, we'd gorge ourselves on all. the. things. It was gross. Can you relate?
So let's NOT look at the days/weeks leading up to February 1 as an excuse to hit add-to-cart for every shining object that grabs our attention this month. Instead I'm here to help you focus your shopping efforts. FOCUS is my Word of the Year, and God knows I need more of it in my life, so let's do this together:
Three Things to Shop For in January:
January is a great time to grab Winter boots if you need a new pair. There are sales going on and the selection is still pretty good. Come February the selection will be pretty bleak (but you won't be shopping then anyway;) If you need a pair of boots, now is a great time to start hunting. And remember, the more basic, versatile and wearable the shoe, the more you want to invest in quality brands and styles that stand the test of time. Here is a collection of some great boots on sale:
The fashion world deemed this winter the Year of the Sweater (I thought every winter was the Year of the Sweater, but what do I know). Anyway, there were/are LOTS of great sweater options out there and many good sales. This is a great time to invest in a sweater that was too much of a splurge at full price earlier in the season. A great source for fab and unique sweaters is Anthropologie. They are a splurge but right now many are on sale including the gorgeous fair isle number shown below...going fast though! The white and chartruese sweaters are 2 that I have and love and both are on sale now too! And they are available in more colors as well.
3. Ponte Pants and/or Joggers:
This time of year I spend much more time in ponte pants, leggings, and joggers and less time in jeans. Call it hibernation-mode, hygee, or just extra lbs., but it's a reality --and you can still #justgetdressed when you don't have a button on your pants.
For leggings, I do still wear my old Hue leggings, especially when lounging at home, but when I'm taking my look up a notch, I go for my Peach moto leggings in thick (yet still stretchy) ponte. They are definitely more like pants than your basic leggings and make for a more sophisticated, polished look. I like them best with tall boots (black or tan, brown, etc) but they also look great with booties or even cool sneakers.
Joggers have actually surpassed leggings as my favorite winter pant for lounging or casual-wear. I do love my Peach bohos the most, but in the dead of winter in New England, they aren't quite warm enough. I've been reaching for the peach velvet joggers all season, wearing them to parties with booties as well as casually with sneakers. I also live in my fleece joggers from Target...They are on my body at some point almost every day.
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Three Things I'm Passing On in January:
1. Warm Weather Items:
Unless you're lucky enough to be going on vacation this winter and NEED warm-weather items, don't give into the temptation to buy things you can't wear right now. "Resort Wear" tends to be priced higher, so if you don't need it now, take a pass.
EXCEPTION: You know one of my B.Styled mantras is #buythedress. So if you come across the perfect warm-weather dress that you love, that fits and flatters your figure today, and you can get a good deal on it - you have my blessing. For example, I wore this Isla dress in royal blue all summer long (over and over again). So when it went on sale, I grabbed it in white.
2. Animal Print
Don't get made at me. I love my leopard print as much as the next girl, however animal prints (especially in clothing) are beginning to feel just a bit overdone (IMHO). So while I'm not telling you to stop wearing what you have (far from it!) I don't think it's necessary to get more this season. My guess is that leopard print will continue to be hot for many years to come (I think it has passed into the classic-neutral zone), but zebra/tiger/snake will start to cool off.
But again, I repeat...I am NOT saying to stop using/wearing the items you have and love. It was awesome when you bought it and it's still awesome today. What I am saying is you probably don't need to add any more. Capiche?
You may not like this one either; sorry. I'm not going to take a hard line on this, but I will say that I predict denim styles and cuts (that can be worn with a variety of shoes) will start appearing as we approach spring - so I say, let's wait. Plus, like I said above, right now I'm reaching for my joggers and ponte pants (and cookies) more than my denim. That said, if you need a pair of perfect-for-you jeans in a versatile, classic cut like skinny, straight or even boyfriend - and you can get a good deal -- who am I to stand in your way?? Below are some sale denim ideas. If you don't have a go-to pair of perfect-for-you jeans (ideally in a sleek, simple, classic dark wash, keep an eye out for sales at Loft and try these (modern or curvy cut, petite, regular....size down!)
What are you shopping for this month? Or have you instituted your shopping freeze already? Let me know below, or head over to my private VIP Facebook Group and share over there. We can help you find just the right thing.
And don't forget to sign up for the FREE February Shopping Detox. We'll hold each other accountable, get motivation and support - AND best of all, #justgetdressed in looks we love, while wearing what we already own.
I hope you found this helpful and that you can use some of these shopping tips to save you time and money. As always, I'm here if you need any personalized help!
Thanks for reading. Now go #justgetdressed.