Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Admittedly, around junior high/high school, I swore to myself that I would never again shop at JCPenney or Sears.  Things were poor quality/ill-fitting, tacky, etc.  But nowadays, I realized that that was unfair and rude.  Perhaps these companies have stepped up their game a bit due to the economy, but it's also a matter of taking a careful look to see what you can really discover.  Similar to thrift store shopping, there's the "who would ever buy that" merchandise, but there can be a few gems - at amazing prices - if you're patient and lucky.

Speaking of price: after developing a keener eye in outlets and consignments, plus all the crazy recession sales in the past few years, I've come to realize how much clothes generally are REALLY worth.  It's never worth it just to "buy the brand" or just to follow a trend.  And I loathe paying full price now.  Not that I sacrifice quality, but quality often doesn't warrant the $100 price tag like I used to think.  And really, I take good care of my clothes so they hardly ever tear, fade or shrink anyway.

Being creative with re-styling what you already have, and buying only what you love and what makes sense, means you don't need as much.  Eventually you stop wanting everything in sight.

Here are some recent buys.  Everything except for the boots and the blue/red top was $15 or less!

Clockwise from top: [From Sears] Trend Report sable booties; 
[From JCPenney] Six Degrees of Separation Peter Pan top / Dockers men's aviators / 
MixIt flip-flops /  Purple fashion and black basic leggings;  
[From Target] Mossimo butterfly top

I've avoided this style for a long time, but they're surprisingly cute on and fairly comfortable and sturdy.

Already found a Peter Pan top! (I mentioned looking for one in the post here)

These are from the men's section, because my head is too big haha...  If you look carefully at the reflection, you can see my injured thumb :P

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