It’s almost like…free clothes.

So, I’ve been really good this past spring about not buying clothes, right? That means even though work clothes really aren’t the most fun thing to go hunting for, I was kind of pumped to buy…you know, an entirely new wardrobe. Thus, I present to you the rundown.

  • Kohl’s: I know, right? When is the last time I shopped at this place? But, in the spirit of memorial day, significant portions (read: the entire store) of their merchandise were marked down…and we’re talking about the 40%-80% kind of way. I find that their dress pants fit me fairly well, and that was the point of the trip, but I also found some really nice short-sleeved button-down blouses that would go nicely underneath blazers or on their own. I also got this huge, cream-colored leather purse because frankly, of the purses that I currently own, none fit the bill of “kind of professional” and none are large enough to carry two cans of Diet Coke, a lunch, and assorted other sundries comfortably. I also want you all to take note that this is the first time in four years that I bought a non-designer bag and yes, part of me died inside. I am well-aware of how spoiled I am. On a better note, I actually saved more than I spent. Example: (These are not real numbers) If I spent $40, because of all of the discounts, I saved $60 off of the purchase.
  • Ann Taylor Loft: I had a coupon that I thought I was going to use. Except oh wait, they marked down the entire store. I scored a pair of khakis for $25 and ended up going back for some black pants after roaming the rest of the mall, searching with little success.
  • Express: Shocker – it was sale-time there too. Some of their cardigans were on sale for $20, which I was very okay with. I found a cute teal one and another that was a charcoal gray with rhinestone buttons.
  • J.C. Penney’s: I feel like Penney’s and Kohl’s are on the same crappy level except Penney’s charges more and has less cute stuff. BUT, they had the sort of tank-shells I was looking for to wear under my cardigans on sale for $5 because, yes, they have a sale right now too.
  • Macy’s: Marcus’ parents gave me a gift card to this place for graduation. Because it magically turned into a pair of LAUREN by Ralph Lauren buff, python pumps (I had no neutral/brown heels), they may have inadvertently given me the best gift. Apparently they just marked down A TON of shoes and so their sale racks are packed with heels that you would actually want to be seen in. The best surprise was that at the register, another $10 mysteriously disappeared from the sale price.

The Moral of the Story: If you need new dress clothes, probably shop the Memorial Day weekend sales in a recession. Its kind of like they’re giving the clothes away for free.

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