Aug 26 2009

Gearing up for fall clothes


Is it weird that I’m daydreaming about 45-degree crisp air, crunchy leaves, bonfires, snuggling with a cozy blanket and a bowl of chili? Oh, and football? Can’t forget football in this tahn.  Anyway, I’ve always loved autumn and I’m ready to give it a proper welcoming, even though it’s still August.

I’m going through my fall/winter storage bin to take inventory of what still fits. This time last year, I was rocking the maternity jeans and shirts. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen my old unpregnant stuff, and some of it has got to go.

I’m making a list of what sorts of items would round out my wardrobe (khaki pants and brown boots are at the top of my list). I’ll keep my eyes out for these things as I browse thrift stores and sales racks. I’m concentrating on timeless items so that I can wear these things for years (hopefully) without looking too dated.

Making a clothes shopping list helps me avoid impulse purchases and it enables me to  find the best deal possible. If, in August, I know that Shane could use a new winter coat, I do have a bit of time to find one before he actually needs it.

And, I’m looking at my summery items to see if I can re-purpose them through the fall. Maybe I can layer tanks in a new way or try some boots with a skirt, for instance.

I’ve gotta be honest — most of the time I’m a big fashion “Don’t!” I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Stacy & Clinton jumped out of some bushes and made me change my outfit. I can’t help it. I mean well, but I often fall short.

So lately, I’ve been reading some style blogs and I’m gaining plenty of insight and inspiration.

One of my favorites is Already Pretty. Sally has a teacher’s heart and is oh-so-sweet. Check out her recent posts about The Virtually Free Wardrobe Revamp and Showstopping Style on a Pauper’s Budget.

From other bloggers:

Finally, here’s some posts from my archives on the topic:

How do you update your family’s wardrobes? Got any tips to share?

Aug 24 2009

Big Old Navy sale! And codes!


If you need t-shirts, polos or other basics, hop over to fast!

But before you do, you’ll want to go to Ebates *and click through that. This week, you’ll get a whopping 8% cash back! Woo hoo!

Once you’re on the web site, check out their “fundamentals” on sale. I picked up t-shirts for $4 (after coupon codes) and polos for $7.20. And I got my big-footed baby some socks for $1 per pair.

Use this code for free shipping, no matter the size of your order: SHIPFREE

Additional codes:

  • Code SAVE15 for 15% off $75
  • Code SAVE20 for 20% off $100

Since I live in the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there’s no sales tax on clothing.

I had a recent ephiphany that I wanna share with you real quick. I’m a tallish gal — 5’10”. I have long known to buy pants with a long inseam. But it only recently occured to me that, hi, my sleeves are always a bit too short, my belly sometimes peeks out of the bottom of shirts, and lots of shirts just plain don’t fit right.

Well duh! I need to buy shirts in TALL sizes. Just like ladies with small proportions need to wear petite clothing, us tall timbers ought to outfit ourselves with tall clothes.

Old Navy, Banana Republic and Gap all have bottoms and tops with our proprotions, but they’re only available online. Other stores are catching on — I’ve seen tall sizes at JCPenny, Chadwick’s and JCrew. Not that I can afford anything at JCrew…but just so ya know. Are there any other tall-catering stores you’d like to share?

P.S., I saw some of these codes on BabyCheapskate, woo hoo!

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