I went to TJ MAXX yesterday in search of shoes (Jennine had on a pair of Aerosoles peep-toe mules that I LOVED that she got from there) and left with James Perse. Obviously. I got a double-v sleeveless dress in charcoal (the same color as my canvas pants) for about $65 all in. What a steal! I also found the faux wrap mini skirt in black for about $50 and while I loved it, it showed a bit too much of my legs (KNEES!!!) for me to be comfortable, and I could only get one thing, so I decided on the dress. Which covers my knees, thank you.
Generally I prefer to shop for James Perse on sale at Last Call or Off Fifth because they have much better selections and Last Call has frequent coupons (they’re offering 35% off everything right now), so I never buy anything there without one. TJ MAXX’s prices seem a bit higher most of the time, but not for the two items I found, so it’s just a matter of knowing what you’re willing to pay I guess, and how much is too much.
Which is another question entirely, because I am willing to pay full price for James Perse (because you know I’ll keep it forever, and wear it a ton), but if I don’t HAVE TO, I won’t. And then I’ll try to get it as cheaply as possible. If it’s not something I feel like I NEED RIGHT NOW, I’ll wait and try and find it on sale, and then I’ll probably wait even longer and get it for 50% off.
This kind of speaks to RJS’s comment yesterday about paying over $200 for a pair of jeans, and I want to make that into another post, but of course, it made me think about why I pay what I do for what I buy, and what’s worth full-price. Is anything worth full price?
I used to think not, but over the years I’ve gotten myself in trouble buying things that are on sale, just because they’re on sale. Which is never a reason to buy anything. So I’ve tried to step back a bit from buying on sale, unless it’s something that I’ve been looking for and have waited for it to go on sale. James Perse on sale always makes it into heavy rotation in my closet, but other things, not so much.
If I look through the piles and boxes of clothes I have waiting to give away, or see if I’ll wear them again, most of the items are things from H&M, or Zara or things I bought on super-sale. This is a pattern with me; I buy because the price is just too good to pass up, I even make myself think I need it, but then I don’t end up wearing the item much because it wasn’t the item itself that spoke to me, it was the PRICE.
Ah…and there’s the key. It doesn’t do me any good to spend money on things that are great prices, but never get worn – the cost per wear doesn’t add up.
How do you determine what’s worth full-price to you? Anything?
Oh, and here’s some great James Perse on sale from around the web – Saks has some particularly good prices right now…