“Shop til you drop” is a phrase that is so cliche, but after a long day of browsing for the perfect items, the term definitely holds true. I would love to make this post specifically about “shopping til I [felt like] drop[ping]”, but alas, I’m still a broke post-college 20-something. My job is around the corner (2 weeks specifically), and I’m currently scrambling trying to find business casual and “grown-up” outfits that my closet lacks. If you look into my closet, you’ll see random pieces I’ve collected over the past 5 years (some dating back to high school); yikes! So, you can see my dilemma — trying to find good looking clothes for a cheaper price tag.
Therefore, I believe timing is crucial when it comes to shopping. As summer is slowly dwindling down and the fashion world is getting ready for fall trends, the end of July/early August is a great time to find some awesome saving busters. Sometimes, I feel stores are so desperate that you can find items with 40-60% markdowns, including items that are already on sale. Unfortunately, finding something you will actually wear is like finding a needle in a haystack. In my opinion, some sale items are a bit on the uglier side, so the point of even purchasing it is pointless (see future post on Importance of Buying the Right Clothes). However, when you see an article of clothing that suits your taste, you better grab that baby before another person comes in and steals it out of your hands!
With that said, Banana Republic is holding an amazing sale that started yesterday (7/29) and ends today (7/30). 40% off all regular price items and an additional 50% off of all sales items. The following are the clothes that I bought before they went back to their regular prices (all are sales items).
Before buying the items online, I originally bought two of aforementioned items (Martin Fit pants & Turquoise Sateen Shirt) at the Banana Republic: Petite store. I didn’t realize until later that Banana Republic’s website was holding a massive sale, so I decided to return the items and buy them online. I am normally not a fan of online shopping, but I feel like when given the most cost-efficient option, I should always opt for the latter. The subtotal came out to $219.95, but with the additional 50% discount, it came out to $109 (post-tax: $119-ish). The store price for three items I had bought at the store came out to $140-ish (post-tax). The third sales item I had purchased was not listed above, because it was not even on the website (see future post on outfits). As you can see, this definitely was a great steal!
I gambled on the yellow soft-wash linen shirt, because it looked comfortable and yellow is one of the few colors that accentuates my skin tone. Also, there were tons of reviews that raved over this top, so I felt like it was a great steal. If it doesn’t work out, Banana Republic has a great free shipping return policy. I will post later on how these shirts turned out, as well as how I prefer to style them.
After returning my clothes to Banana Republic: Petite, I came across a random store at the mall called “Gilly Hicks“. The music, scent and decor sent me Abercrombie & Fitch vibes, a store that I had stopped going to during my sophomore year in college. I was really curious as to what this store was, since Gilly Hicks wasn’t a common household name. Apparently, it’s a lingerie and comfort clothing store from Australia, and its’ parent company is A&F.
Most of the items they offered in the store were lingerie, and I felt there were targeted towards a younger audience (think VS Pink). The items were cute, and they did, in fact, look comfortable. The only problem I had with the store was the layout. There were twists and turns that would lead me to random dead-ends, and I was really confused as to how to get from one spot to the other. I felt like if the store’s pathways made more sense, there would be more shoppers visiting.
Looking through the items, nothing really stuck out as “buy me! buy me!”, until I reached their GH Sport pants section. I found some cute yoga pants that was on sale for $25 (retail price was $44.50), and with their additional 60% discount, I got it for $10 (post-tax). These pants were definitely comfortable, and since I’ve always wanted to get yoga pants, I felt like these were such a steal! I would have bought more, but the other yoga pants on display were ugly.
The picture above shows a close replica of the yoga pants that I bought. Instead of blue polka dots, it’s a solid dark blue. The other color available was a solid peach that I decided not to get, since I felt dark blue was more versatile in terms of matching with specific clothing, shoes and accessories. I got an XS, and the width at the hips snuggled comfortably; whereas, the length was a tad bit longer (I’m 4’10”). Not a problem with me, since I could just roll it a bit to get the length I want. I feel these pants are true to size. The material is ridiculously soft, and I can definitely imagine myself lounging around with those babies on. According to the website, these yoga pants are can easily wick away moisture, which is great when using for exercise.