Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This outfit is a total copycat of a J.CREW look from one of their spring catalogues (which I pour over everytime they come). Above is the original look, below is my rendition:
It's no secret that I *LOVE* J.CREW. They are definitely my shopping weakness with their classic styles, cute trends and general preppy feel. Just because I love them doesn't mean my wallet always does, however I am here to tell you that just because an item starts out to expensive for you doesn't mean that you can't own it...eventually. Here are some of my tips to owning expensive brands that you covet (and the way that I acquire ALL of my J.CREW purchases):
1. Sign up for their emails. Retailers often email out coupons for new seasonal items, sales, percentages off full-priced items, etc. J.CREW is no exception.
2. Take advantage of their %-off already reduced items. J.CREW sends out 20-30% off their sale items usually once a month and they always combine that with free shipping if you purchase a certain amount. Tip: Buy that amount especially if you aren't familiar with your size (so that you can get the free shipping) and return whatever doesn't fit in store. You save on shipping and get to choose from a bunch of items that you order and just keep your favs.
3. Go into the store regularly to check the sale rack. Markdowns are taken all the time and the early shopping bird catches the worm...err...great item on sale.
4. If you know that you are going to be a frequent shopper, it pays to get the store credit card. Most stores give a percentage off when you open it and it also accrues points which give you coupons or monetary rewards towards the store. Just make sure you pay it off every month!
White Undershirt: Pink Orchid
Shoes: J.CREW (Sperry Top-Sider)
What looks have you copycatted recently?