It’s that time of the year again – this season’s clothes are all marked down, but it’s too early and probably too cold to start shopping for spring. Clearly, the smartest thing to do is scour the sales for fabulous pieces that you’ll wear next fall and winter, but how do you know what trends will last and what you should leave on the racks?
One strategy is to stick with the classics: cashmere sweaters and scarves, basic leather boots, and anything in a cold weather fabric like velvet or wool. Stick with your favorite colors and shapes, and don’t hesitate to buy if you see a coveted piece on sale. If you wanted it at full price, chances are you’ll still love it next fall. For example, this luxe coat from Max Studio has all the right details (faux-fur trim, bell sleeves, and an a-line cut) at the right price. This camel-colored Karen Zambos swing coat (30% off at Couture Candy) would also be a good purchase – this silhouette is going to be huge.
Dresses of all shapes and styles are still going to be very popular next fall, so if you come across one you like during your sale shopping, snap it up. This cashmere sweater-dress by KAROO Marc Eisen is a steal at $105.60 (get the gray – that charcoal shade was all over the fall 2007 runways). Another great buy would be this Geren Ford plum and black kimono dress from Pink Mascara – this shape is quickly becoming a modern classic.
If you really want to buy something you can wear right now, look for layering pieces – you’ll be able to work them into your spring wardrobe and when it gets cold again, just add a few more layers. This Karanina wrap top (50% off at Shopbop) could be worn with a camisole in warm weather and over a long-sleeve tee in the fall, and you could top it all off with a cute jacket. Thin knits, lightweight scarves, and tunic tops can all be worn well into spring. Of course, shoes and other accessories are needed year-round – these embellished sapphire blue flats by Kate Spade are season-less (and they also come in camel).
There’s really only one rule to follow for successful sale shopping – avoid the curse of the â€œsale gogglesâ€?. This is when you see a piece that’s been marked down significantly (generally 50% or more) and you’re so blinded by the discount that you don’t realize that the item in question is actually not your style, or not your size, or that it’s just plain unflattering. Remember that sometimes things end up on sale simply because no one else wants them.