Vest: J. Crew (Out of Stock) similar; Pitaya | Earrings: Francesca’s (old, out of stock) similar; Etsy, Eve’s Addiction | Sweater: T.J. Maxx (available in most stores) similar; Forever 21 | Flannel: Target | Shoes: Express | Pants: T.J. Maxx (not sold online) similar; American Eagle
I promise my face isn’t showing anger, I was just cold (ok, maybe I was a little angry because it was cold). Warmer weather is ahead, so that means more smiles . When I say ‘Join the Crew’, I see some took that quite literally. I went to the St. Louis, Galleria in this vest and saw five girls in the same one (naturally we all awkwardly looked at each other for long periods of time comparing outfits). I feel like EVERYONE has this amazing herringbone J. Crew vest, so that’s why I welcome you to join the crew – get it, J. Crew? Due to the high volume of vest lovers out there, this sells out soon after it goes back in stock. This is one of the few items I’ve splurged on. I normally wouldn’t condone spending over $100 on a vest, but when I saw it, I fell in deep, magical love and knew if I didn’t act quick, my opportunity would end. There is nothing worse than wanting something so bad and it’s not even available for purchase. My secret to snagging this vest was buying it at the end of this past summer and paying very close attention to my emails (blog post soon to come about retail emails and their importance).
Enough about the vest, another one of my secrets to keeping warm in this crazy midwest weather are corduroys. The majority of my cords are from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Not only are they cheap, but they have them in a million colors (not literally a million, don’t go in there telling them I told you that). I’ve never paid over $25 for any pair of cords that I own. Just like the cords, I purchased my cream Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater from T.J. Maxx as well. Most of my Ralph is from T.J. and Marshalls because their prices are more affordable than department stores. Yes, the items are maybe a season or few old, but to me, that doesn’t matter. They both carry these sweaters in various colors with prices ranging from $30-$50 (sometimes even lower when on sale) compared to department stores at over $100.
My biggest fashion secret to finding key items like these is patience and timing. I used to see items and fall in love but made the mistake of waiting to buy because I figured it would be there when I came back. Most of the time, the item was gone and I suffered chronic buyers remorse, CHRONIC. I would go home wallowing in my sorrows, replaying that very moment when I walked away. Luckily, with time, the pain subsided. Don’t be like old Vivian and miss out on pieces you love and regret not going after (cue the dramatics).