I never realized how much I loved fashion until I started my first real job as a teacher. Being a teacher, you have to be comfortable, and in my opinion I like to be comfortable and cute. When I first started teaching I didn't own very many dress clothes. In college I wore jeans and tennis shoes everyday. I had a few dresses and skirts but didn't own any comfortable shoes except for one pair of dansko clogs. When I started doing internships, I realized I needed to buy a new wardrobe. Let's face it I am cheap. It took me several years and bargin shopping to get the closet I have now. Everyone knows I have a love for shoes. Not just any kind of shoe, comfortable shoes. I love danskos, Jambu, miz mooz, and bass just to name a few.
Here are a few tricks I have learned over the years to build a happy closet without going broke.
- I am a big fan of buying shoes out of season.
Yes I know, it is hard to wait to wear a pair of wedges when you buy in them December, but I usually find them half price online. I have been known to buy snowboots in April when the birds are chirping, but when you can get them for 30 bucks instead of 130, and they are worth it. I buy a lot of sweaters and long sleeves after Christmas because stores are marking them down to bring in spring arrivals.
- Shop Amazon frequently.
I wouldn't say I buy ALL my shoes on amazon, but I would say 95% of my comfy shoes (danskos, jambu, miz mooz, merrell, etc) have come from amazon. Amazon has shoes from different sellers and the prices range everyday. I have bought jambus off of amazon for $28 instead of $130. I am usually hesitant of buying shoes and clothes online, but the best thing is they do free returns if you purchase from them not another seller.
I recently purchased a pair of Jambu shoes.
They were originally $130, but I bought them for $28!!!!
- Coupons, Coupons Coupons
Lets face it, looking for coupons take time. It's much easier just to go to a store then spending the time to find a coupon. Anytime I go into New York and Company or Old Navy, I always try to print off a coupon before I go. Sometimes this doesn't happen, but most of the time I try to plan ahead. Also, I buy all of my makeup and skin care products from Clinique. I always wait to buy my products when they have their free gift. This allows me to get many travel size trials for FREE.
- Shop Sierra Trading Post
I have gotten jackets, Ariat boots for $70, snow pants for $25, danskos, Merrells, jambu, just to name a few from Sierra trading post. If you become a fan on face book they will have random 40% off days. I only shop there when I have coupons because they charge shipping, but they have great items and customer service.
- Shop online boutiques. The dress below I recently purchased at an online boutique. It was $39 dollars shipped and they allowed returns if it didn't fit. I like online boutiques because they offer the latest fashions for decent prices if you shop around!
I hope this gives you a little insight and some fashion advice! I tried to post pictures, but it would not let me! Maybe next time!