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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I made it back from my sisters safe and sound minus the fact I swear every time I travel I encounter a whole new level of weird/annoying. The family across the aisle I think it was their first time like ever flying and they had their headphones plugged in and then they were talking to each other over the music they were listening to in the worst twangy accents ever. I almost lost my mind. Thank goodness for free wifi on JetBlue otherwise I’m sure this would have happened.
Onto the main attraction. As you well know I love to bargain shop and find high end looks for you at prices us normal people can actually afford. What that said, I can be very picky when it comes to bargain pieces. I thought I’d share with you some of my tips and tricks to help you keep those credit cards a little happier.
First example let me show you how I know this maxi dress is cheap. Don’t get be wrong I love the print! It looks very Mara Hoffman. The front looks good.
When you are choosing a print pattern or especially stripes a dead giveaway when something is inexpensive look at the side where the seam meets.If the pattern matches it…..good to go. Look how bad this one is. Dead giveaway.
Same goes for stripes. Always check to see on the side if the stripes line up. If they do, then you’re good to go. If they are off, then pass.
Another way I like to style outfits is by placing one or two high end pieces with inexpensive well fitting other pieces and the entire outfit will look polished. For example here is a stripped shirt from Forever 21 perfect for Spring paired with colored skinnies from Zara. Nobody will know they are not from J.Crew.
My next piece of advice would be to never spend a lot of money on high end trendy pieces. That is what Forever 21 and H&M are for. Invest the money on well constructed pieces that will never go out of style and will hold up over time. I am obsessed with this blazer for the upcoming Spring. It is extremely versatile and I can see this going with so many different pieces.
Have fun with the trendy pieces from less expensive places like this maxi dress with the sheer bottom. Or this gorgeous blue dress with pretty back detail.
Next, know what the high end designers look like and find similar pieces at lower costs. Showcased in these posts here and here.
As you have also learned by now I never online shop without coupon codes like this one right now for Sephora for Beauty Insiders.
Another shopping mantra I abide by is never buy super high end pieces full price. For example I’ve had my eye on these Tory Burch flats.
They are classic but could never justify the price tag. I waited until Bloomingdales had their friends and family sale and took the plunge. Make a list of your high end wants and when SHOPBOP, Nordstroms and Bloomingdales has their sales jump at those coveted pieces.
I just learned this great little golden nugget of information. Did you know that Nordstroms will match Bloomingdales 20% off friends and family? I personally prefer their customer service hands down and we don’t have a Bloomingdales where I live.
Tory Burch will also match sale prices (not flash sales but true markdowns of their competitors).
Finally, my last piece of advice on how to bargain shop like a boss is shop smartly on Ebay. Tory Burch flats for $75 dollars sent from Hong Kong…probably not real. However that TB cross body that you’ve been lusting over and worn twice from a girl living in Atlanta. I would definitely jump on that!
These are a few of my pointers for bargain shopping. What are your tricks of the trade? I hope you had a great weekend! Nothing better then starting off your week then with a little shopping fun right? xoxoxoxo