As a rule, I try not to pay more than $40 for any one item of clothing. (Yep, including shoes. And jeans. Oh, and purses too. BUT I'm not above asking Hubby to buy me Kate Spade. Which totally doesn't count because *I* am not the one purchasing. Right?) But I can usually find great deals for less than $20. Truly. You can seriously snag some great brand name merchandise for absolutely crazy low prices! (Ahhh, that shopper's high.)
(Hubby, on the other hand? Cannot STAND to browse. I think it's an affliction most straight males are born with, right? The Anti-Shopping chromosome?)
Anyway, if I can't find what I need at either TJMaxx or Marshalls, I head to the outlets. Where I still refuse to pay more than $40 per item.
(Except? This fall in Myrtle Beach? The Girls talked me into buying a coat from the Ann Taylor outlet. It cost $70, marked down from $100. I totally fretted and second-guessed myself about that purchase. But mah girlz were right. I do love my coat!)
Last Friday, Hubby and I had a "date day". We had to sign closing papers for our refinance at an attorney's office, which happened to be the same exit as the outlets.
I got a silk shirt from the Ann Taylor outlet that was originally $39.99. It was marked down to $4.77!
Anyway, all this blather is a roundabout way of saying: I AM NOT A MALL SHOPPER.
Don't get me wrong, I used to be. Before I birthed three male children. Who, just like Daddy, are NOT good shoppers.
I swear, I haven't been mall shopping in years.
Yesterday, I went here.
And, needless to say, besides feeling frumpy and dowdy, was in complete and utter sticker shock over the price of clothing nowadays at Banana Republic and J.Crew.
(Remember, I only shop these stores at the OUTLETS. At OUTLET PRICES.)
When I was in college (gulp, early 90's), J.Crew was very much the fashion style. Preppy, yet casual. And actually somewhat affordable.
Remember the rollneck sweaters?! Mine was gray.
My honeymoon bathing suit was a J.Crew polka dot bikini (*brief moment of silence for that great
So wait. People actually pay over $100 for a tank top?
And over $50 for a cotton tee shirt?
And almost $90 for jeans? That don't even have full LEGS?
Gah. If you need me, I'll be at Marshalls. In the clearance section.