February 15, 2008

Final Sale

Its finally FINAL sales time! And I admit, I've been struggling with the the-sales-are-so-good-I-simply-MUST-buy-something syndrome. Thus, lately I've spent a LOT of time online window shopping desperately looking for something to buy in order to take advantage of the bargains. So here are some of my finds. After seeing on TV this local celeb wearing this Balenciaga-esque blazer (yes, I recognized the whole look as J Crew- and indeed it was) with an argyle sweater looking really cool, I've been wanting this white blazer (and preferably the argyle sweater too). I just LOVE the simple yellow lining of the blazer. I'd never have thought that yellow lining would look nice- but this one works! And the BEST thing is, it is on sale from $250 to $99!!!! I think that is a fair price considering that it is made of wool, but I'm still hesitant to fork out $100 for J Crew, especially when free shipping is not available.
I've also been dying to get a dress from Shopbop since the sales are up to 70% off and there is free delivery. I even narrowed it down to these two above (left: AKA, right: Karen Zambos), each around $120, which I think is a good deal because they ARE silk dresses and both used to be in the $400 price range- but alas, many of my friends disagree. Maybe my sense of value is going wonky? Anyway, I LOVE these two dresses because one is simple, modern and fun (the pink strip is also detachable making it that much more versatile), while the other is classic, ladylike, very pretty and just very me. I struggled between buying the two at the beginning and was leaning towards the AKA one since its more lively, but alas, its hard to imagine whether it'll look nice on me when I haven't tried it. My friends pointed out that the horizontal partings on the AKA dress may make me look shorter. And I worry that the blue dress is too prim and old looking. Sigh,
thats the thing about final sale items- no return!!
Other things that caught my eye. I thought this dress (left) from Joie is the CUTEST thing. At $88.50 down from $295, it sounds pretty good. Though it occurred to me that it might not so good on me in person. I can't quite put a finger as to why though. Then there was this silk dress (right) from Thayer, which can double as a skirt as well. I don't particularly like the style of the strapless dress, but I love the versatility. Down to around $80 as well, it seems like a good buy.
I adore the black dress with the chiffon sleeves (left) from Sweetface, the mixture of material makes the all black that much more interesting. And its only around $70! And the black metallic Mint Jodi Arnold dress (right) looks so much like this black dress I tried on at Barneys by Alice Ritter, which I fell in love with but was waaay too expensive, that I want it. I love the black metallic texture. If only I didn't already have too many black dresses already.
Another dress I was considering was this pink backless dress from T Bags, because I LOVE the print! From the front it looks nice and its only around $50. But I'm not too hot about the back. The cheap jersey material and bright colors in combination with a big backless hole, borders too much on skanky and slutty for my comfort. Besides, I'm not sure that a cheap looking jersey dress should be worth $50 at all!
We mustn't forget about shoes. I think these two from Ernesto Exposito mary janes are so cute. It has the perfect balance of texture, chunkiness and finesse. PLUS, its a bargain at $150, down from the $500's. And yes, I know, I have a thing for tall, chunky heeled, gently rounded pumps. These ones from Joie are exactly the way I like them. Down to $105 from $210, its not bad. These are SHOES after all. But alas, they ran out of my size.

So in the end, after all this over analysis, I finally didn't end up buying anything. So what do you guys think? Did I make the right decision not to get any of this, or am I missing out on some great deals?

Image Source: J Crew and Shopbop

23 Comments:

Blogger ModernGear TV said...

I am so excited about this season - girly girl flowy dresses and preppy again. My faves!

At 6 months pregnant with cankles by the end of the day though, I must sadly skip the Mary Janes at the bottom of the post...or wear them mid-day before all liquid has pooled in my lower extremities.

Nice collection of goodies here!

2/16/2008 3:46 AM  
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2/16/2008 4:28 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

I absolutely adore that argyle sweater. It is BEAUTIFUL!

2/16/2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

you should def consider getting that blazer! the colour is fab!

2/16/2008 2:13 PM  
Blogger Hejin said...

Don't get the purple silk dress! It looks pretty much like a sack, IMO. May be hard to pull off.

2/16/2008 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should go for some of these items.. they really are great deals. I would definitely be careful about the dresses, but go with the cut and style that usually works for you. I've bought a couple baby-doll style dresses on sale because I know that cut works for me.. I wish I could get a strapless but I know those RARELY fit me, so I passed.

2/17/2008 1:00 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

You should have bought the JCrew blazer

2/17/2008 2:33 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

the blazer from jcrew also comes in this heather grey color, which i think is actually better looking than the creme one. but i think they're sold out : ((

2/17/2008 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who says free shipping isn't available at J Crew? There were a bunch of coupons that just expired on the 16th!

2/17/2008 5:08 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Adorable, the dresses are so chic (especially the black one from AKA and the also the one by Mint Jodi Arnold). But, I think you did make a good choice overall...the practically of some of these items (not counting the J.Crew clothes) is kind of iffy (unless you attend parties/cocktails often). I know how you feel, though...I hate turning down good bargains!

2/18/2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger la petite fashionista said...

i think you should still go for the j.crew balenciaga-esque blazer.. its so chic, and an updated classic. i think it's definitely worth $100

2/18/2008 11:21 AM  
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Anonymous Miss Understood said...

I like the tiny dresses. they are cute!

2/21/2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Nordies Girl said...

you should have just saved all your money instead. why do you HAVE to buy during sales?

is your closet as big as a house?

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