We're back to reality and all its rain, sleet and snow after an extended stay in sunny CA. I'm a little behind in posting, so please bear with me for a few unseasonably warm pairings. Every time I fly, I try to make do with a minimal selection of clothing to avoid overhead bin struggles. The pieces here are basics I'd recommend for any casual wardrobe: 1) soft cashmere pullover; 2) weathered denim jacket; 3) navy striped skirt; and 4) nude flats (in this case the 1" Vara heels rival the comfort of flats). I love all the items here with exception of the skirt, which is on my list for an upgrade this year.
For a while one of my dresses served double duty as a striped skirt, but the excess bulk up top was not ideal. I then came across this Mossimo petites skirt on clearance at Target. For those who've asked about sizing, Target petites starts in XSP which fits similar to a 0 - 2P at other stores, and stretchy ponte items may run a little smaller. Unfortunately, this skirt shrunk and is now too tight in the tush for my liking.
In shopping news, this is the best time of the year for bargain hunters as retailers try to clear out 2013 merchandise. Prices in-store are almost always better than online. I love the deep markdowns but don't love coming home with unnecessary junk, so am trying to reel it in after a recent spree.
Ann Taylor extra 50% off sale in-store only - white crepe pants (sold out online but you can search locally using "Find in Store') for $29.99, my favorite find. My desire to own white trousers has always been thwarted by poor fit, thin material, or glaring pocket lines showing through. Maybe I had a few too many holiday treats, but I was happily surprised by the fit of these. The low-rise waist has a small gap but not enough to require alterations, and the slim-cut legs end right at my ankle. The pants are also fully lined with no front pockets, eliminating the issue of see-throughness.
Banana Republic extra 50% off sale in-store only (extra 40% off sale online) - This was certainly not a necessary purchase, but I picked up the Sloan ankle pants in another color. The red-orange "New Vermillion" was at my store in various sizes for $11.99 (from $89), and the "Butternut wood" tan was around $22 post discounts. I would've loved a true camel color, but something about that yellow-y shade of brown was less than desirable.
J.Crew extra 40% off (final) sale in stores and online -for some reason, there are items still full price on J.Crew's website that are on several rounds of markdown in-store. I picked up button-up shirts for my brother ranging from $12 to $18 (down from $70-100), and a Ludlow wool flannel sportcoat for Nick which was $158 in-store (saw several both on the east and west coast) despite being full price online. And for me, just a cozy PJ set so I no longer have to steal Nick's pants when our heat cuts out. The bright cerise flannel set is full price online but $36 in-store.
Designer shoe sale going on at all the major dept stores - 2 years ago around this time, I got my beloved Stuart Weitzman boots at Bloomingdales for 35% off. The after-sale price is not low by any means, but I have yet to find more flattering tall boots for keeping legs warm. I stopped by again this year and saw these 50/50 wedge boots (pictured above on the left, 2.75" high wedge), currently 40% off.
Lastly, the extra 50% off sale items in Anthropologie's home department (extra 25% off for clothing) w/ code WARMUP is worthy of mentioning. The sale is also going on in-stores. I was tempted by all the whimsical knick knacks but am waiting to find the right home first : )