Five years ago, I worked at Express in New York City (don’t be jealous–it was a lot less glamorous than it sounds). This is where I first bought into the “three piece” philosophy. Sales associates were required wear three distinct pieces, meaning a top, bottom and piece of jewelry/ top, bottom and camisole/ top, bottom, tights, etc. Once you get this in your head, it’s kind of hard to get out. Mostly it’s a sales gimmick to get customers to see the associates wearing three things and think, “Wow, they look great! I wish I had a necklace like that–oh wait! There’s one right over there!” This philosophy feeds into creating summer outfit ideas very nicely.
I’m not going to lie–I don’t really accessorize much though I know I should. It’s pesky paying attention to detail!
Working in retail was great because it meant I saw the sales first and I got huge discounts. It was also awful because I usually spent at least 1/3 of my paycheck on clothes, shoes and accessories. This was especially bad when I worked at TJ Maxx in high school. I’m sure most people find a balance, but I never did. How can you resist that discount?
My general rule of thumb with clothes is this: Never buy full price, never spend over $20. Sounds kind of crazy, right? This method requires an extreme amount of patience and ability to walk away. For example, on Friday I purchased a pair of Sofft Sandals sandals to replace a pair I broke (more on that another day!). I had seen this particular pair at TJ Maxx in May, but they cost $39.99, which violates my rules. So I waited two months and they FINALLY went on sale and I snagged them for $22, so close to my guidelines! Finding a good sale is thrilling and plus I get to celebrate when my patience pays off.
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