On shopping the sales

acne mape leather jacket karen walker benah
acne mape leather jacket karen walker benah
acne mape leather jacket karen walker benah
acne mape leather jacket karen walker benah

Witchery petal front top, Karen Walker skirt (similar), Acne mape leather jacket, Karen Walker x Benah bag

Unless you’ve been avoiding your inbox, or any Westfield in your vicinity, you’ll know that the mid-year sales have already begun. It’s taken a lot of willpower to avoid trawling through the pages of sale stock on Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, and Ssense, never mind those closer to home (think David Jones, Tuchuzy and Parlour X). Somehow, rather miraculously, I’m yet to make a purchase. But let’s be real; it’s been what, a week? Here’s hoping my resolve lasts another month or so.

While I’m not avoiding the sales altogether, my focus is on those “holy grail” classics, the ones you hesitantly buy at their current RRP but are made all the but sweeter when they’re 50% off. A change of tack from the usual shop and conquer mentality I’ve had in the past.

I guess what’s gotten me thinking is the “investment piece”. The one that costs a whole paycheck and takes months to save for, or seems a substantial sum compared to your usual high street buys. I can count on my one hand the number of times I haven’t worn this Acne leather jacket since splurging on it last month, a pretty good indication that it was money well spent. The sheer paneled skirts and trend-driven pieces I’ve picked up on the other hand (usually on sale mind you), are hanging forlornly in my closet just waiting to be worn.

The few pieces I’m (un)patiently waiting to go on sale? They all fall into the investment piece category. A quality flat sandal, a neutral pair of heels for work, a simple black shirt dress and a pair of ever so slightly cropped jeans. I figure the best way to shop a sale is to shop it smart, and save yourself and your wallet a lot of heartache in the process.

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  1. Wanjie June 6, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Completely agree! Although I tried to avoid the sales altogether, Bassike tees in my favourite cut at 60% off in DJs was jut too much. I stocked up for next summer but no regrets at all 🙂

    • jamie-lee June 9, 2014 / 11:33 am

      WOW, that’s an incredible bargain. I had a look to see whether there were any plain Bassike tees but not luck at the two stores I went to. Tempted to get a striped one (l/s) but waiting to see whether I can nab it at a reduced price.

  2. soph // & other things June 6, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    The big department store sales have been so tempting! I haven’t splurged yet because it’s still way too warm up here in QLD to be even contemplating buying more winter gear. Plus most of the stuff that I REALLY want isn’t on sale. I was practical though and stocked up on my favourite bras that were marked down haha.

    • jamie-lee June 9, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      Tell me about it. I feel like the sales are everywhere. I ended up caving a little over the long weekend and doing a HUGE browse through a couple of my favourite stores (with a few items saved to the wish list) with the hopes that the odd thing I’m after will still be in stock by payday. I’ve found that sometimes you can get some pretty good scores the longer you wait – I nabbed a C&M blazer from $680 down to about $140 a couple months back, an item that had been on my wish list too!

  3. Theresa June 6, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    I’m with you on looking for those investment pieces. It’s easier said than done sometimes though haha. Yeah, you’re definitely going to get a ton of wear out of that jacket. It seamlessly meshes with everything and lovin’ how you styled it here. A mix of tough and sweet. Looking good babe!


    • jamie-lee June 9, 2014 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Theresa, you’re always too sweet!

  4. Closet Fashionista June 6, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Yep, I’ve been good in sales so far (except for Barneys Warehouse Memorial Day sale), waiting for NAP to go into more reductions. Hoping a pair of Ancient Greek Sandals goes on sale, haha. (the lightening bolt one)
    Doing that French Wardrobe Challenge is also helping me to not buy things that aren’t basics. And when I buy basics I want them to be investment basics

    • jamie-lee June 9, 2014 / 11:35 am

      Oh nice – you’re always good at waiting until there are further reductions! I want two things from NAP (shoes.. haha) but can’t currently justify at full price so crossing my fingers and toes they make it to the Asia Pacific sale.

  5. Josie June 7, 2014 / 6:04 am

    I agree, it’s always best to invest in good classics when it comes to the sales! Love your outfit, pink and grey is my favourite colour combo x

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