Building a Closet Off Clearance

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and it’s time to put away all of the decorations and return to reality. But with the conclusion of the holiday season comes an opportunity to capitalize on all of the holiday inventory that retailers are desperately trying to offload. Here are some things to consider when building your closet off the clearance rack.

Fabulous at full price. Ask yourself ‘If it were full price would I want it?’  I say ‘want it’ verses ‘buy it’ because you may not be tempted by its original pricey ticket. This is a key thing to ask yourself. It is easy to get caught up in all of the red stickers and slashing prices, so try to think of the item and not its price (for a minute at least!). If the answer to this question is yes, than the item it is probably a fabulous not a frivolous find. does it fit?  A sale is not a good sale if you can’t get a lot of wear out of it. If the item does not fit properly, you most likely won’t wear it. Unless you are willing to invest in a tailor to create the perfect fit, don’t be blinded by the sale and purchase items only that best complement your figure to make you look and feel your absolute best.

Opt for ‘stylish’ not ‘trendy’.  Don’t be blinded by the season’s hottest trends. Pretty soon the weather is going to change and you will not be able to wear this item. If it’s too trendy, most likely you won’t want to wear it next year either, which is a key sign of an impulse purchase. Stick to styles that are classic and well-tailored, they always stay in style. Items like blazers, riding boots, outerwear, bathing suits, wool sweaters and accessories are all great sale purchases because they are items that don’t change much from year to year and are deeply discounted at the end of the season. Stay away from bold prints as they can be faddish.

Consider your existing wardrobe. Do you already own something like this? Will the item fit seamlessly in your existing wardrobe? Use a sale to take advantage of expanding your wardrobe to include pieces you do not already own, or wouldn’t want to pay full price to invest in. Similarly, consider your existing wardrobe and determine if you have the necessary pieces to make this item wearable. The longer an item sits in your closet unworn, the less likely you will be to wear it.

Quality, not quantity. Utilize a good sale as an opportunity to purchase high quality items that you may not normally splurge on. Seeking out items like this will round out your wardrobe and make it appear as if you paid full price! When investing in quality pieces, pay attention to the details such as the fabric, stitching and buttons to ensure the item is well made. A quality piece will get more mileage in your wardrobe and you will be able to style it over and over again.

Think ahead to next year. Are you planning to get pregnant in the upcoming year? Planning on moving to a different climate? If this is the case, you may want to use the clearance rack to invest in items that would be relevant for that life change. Maternity clothes can be expensive, and so can changing out your wardrobe to accommodate a different climate. Why not grab a few pieces to jumpstart the change while they are on sale!