I would say 87.3% of the clothes I wear come from J. Crew, and a lot of people ask me how I afford to shop there so often. These people are often surprised when I tell them that I VERY RARELY buy things full price. I pretty much have shopping on a budget all down to a science by now and I thought I could share some tips for how you can afford items from J.Crew, Anthropologie, Lululemon, and the likes.
Wait– Yup, I know waiting can be annoying. But the item you see on the front of the website will go on sale in about a month (at least at J.Crew). So wait a little bit and check back. This is also helpful in deciding whether or not you really need this item, or if you just wanted the satisfaction of buying something.
eBay– I know eBay scares a lot of people but after you get the hang of it, it becomes a real gem. I have bought quite a few out of stock J.Crew items and Lululemon pieces from here. Most of the time I buy them “brand new” meaning they have never been worn before, but a little bit a wear definitely makes it more affordable. The bidding aspect can become a little addicting at times (the endorphins from winning a bidding war is crazy!) but that is honestly the cheapest way to do things as some of the “buy now” prices are more expensive.
Make a list– Categorize your closet and look at what you really need. Then when you actually get to the store you have specific knowledge of what you actually need and not something that is just “cute.”
Buy in opposite seasons– Clothes tend to go on sale when they are not in season, so this is a great time to stock up. Think things like shorts and dresses at the end of the summer/beginning of fall season and sweaters and jeans at the end of the winter season/beginning of spring.
It takes time to curate the closet of your dreams but be patient, shop the sales and it can happen!