A J.Crew Sample Sale Weekend

I was over on the J.Crew Aficionada Blog the other day – quick side note: this has quickly become one of my favorite blogs. It features all things J.Crew including sale info, new catalog info, etc. It also gives fellow J.Crew lovers a place to exchange new and previously loved J.Crew items, a platform to rant or rave about experiences, and also a forum to share likes and dislikes. It really is awesome. If you like J.Crew, check it out.

Anyway, that was a long tangent there. Back to my original story. I was over on the J.Crew Aficionada Blog (seriously, check it out), and I saw that someone had shared that the March J.Crew Sample Sale was scheduled for Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th…

WHAT?!

Keep in mind that I saw this about two days before the weekend. The Lynchburg Clearance store didn’t even update their voice message! Needless to say, my weekend plans changed very quickly. You should understand by now that I love this sale. I don’t know how I ever purchased clothing anywhere else. The prices are so great you really have no excuse shopping at another store. Well, given my previous posts on the subject, you should know all the ins and outs of a Warehouse/Sample sale, so I won’t get into the details. I will just share the highlights with you 🙂

Here are some of my favorite finds:

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I saw these Macalister Wedge Boots at the last Warehouse sale and passed on them. After thinking about it, I was a little bummed that I did because I think they are super cute. Consequently, I spent approximately 45 minutes this weekend sorting through box upon box looking for these in a size seven. I think I found the only pair.

Originally $198, I paid $25!

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These Janey Glitter Flats stole the show for me this weekend. I have been eyeing these for awhile as a possible wedding shoe. I pointed them out to my fiancé before the sale, but was sad to find not one single pair in the HUNDREDS of shoes when we arrived this weekend. Very sad. About five minutes after I gave up the search and moved on to clothes, Alec came up to me and presented me with a one pair of beautifully sparkly flats… in my size. I basically felt like Cinderella. Turns out, Alec found the only pair in the warehouse… at the bottom of a box of men’s khakis.

Originally $228, I paid $30.

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Isn’t this adorable? This is the Pleated Awning Skirt.

Originally $128, I paid $15.

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Love these jeans. So comfy, I bought two pairs! These are the Matchstick Selvedge Jeans.

Originally $148, I paid $15.

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I have long wanted this Schoolboy Blazer. Yes, it is velvet. Yes, it is bright yellow. But I just love it.

Originally $178, I paid $25.

 

Those aren’t the only items I bought, either. I just wanted to share some of my favorites. I basically walked out with a brand new wardrobe. Oh, and they usually give you a percentage off the purchase. Generally 10-15%.

I have a new outfit for every day this week!

Did you have any great finds this weekend?

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On Raiding Your Boyfriend’s Closet

The purpose of this post is to celebrate my new favorite article of clothing:

The Boyfriend Sweater.

You’ve seen this style before, I’m sure. You can go into nearly any store these days and find a myriad of items named “boyfriend this” and “boyfriend that.” There are “boyfriend shorts” and “boyfriend t-shirts.” Most popularly, there’s the “boyfriend jean.” And yes, there is the “boyfriend sweater.” These articles of clothing are usually a more relaxed fit. Loose. Comfortable. Slightly bigger than what you might normally wear. Something your boyfriend would wear.

Presumably, this idea originated from girls actually wearing their boyfriend’s clothing. Then one day, a lightbulb appeared over the head of some brilliant designer and a new line of women’s clothing was created. Jackpot.

If you think about it, this idea is much the same as purchasing jeans that already have holes in the knees or paint splattered on them. And honestly, call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always kind of thought that was a rip off.

I have to admit though, lately I have bought into this trend. Only not in the way The Gap might prefer. Perhaps it occurred out of boredom with my own wardrobe, or from the desire to be comfortable at work while still appearing “put together.” Or maybe it was the biting cold that caused it. Whatever the reason, something has driven me into dangerous, unfamiliar, and irresistible territory:

My boyfriend’s side of the closet.

Well, in this case I suppose the term “fiancé” would be more appropriate, it just doesn’t sound quite as good (fiancé jeans, fiancé sweater…). Anyway, the point here is that I’m passing up those “boyfriend” style items in the store and going straight for the real thing. And why not? They are worn in, comfortable, and if he doesn’t wake up before I head out the door he never knows the difference! This new habit has led me to realize that his sweaters are often way more comfortable than my own. Plus, it is definitely budget friendly.

Yesterday I threw on one of Alec’s sweaters to wear to work. I was actually surprised to receive multiple compliments from coworkers. After I responded that the sweater actually belonged to my fiancé, one of my girlfriends just shook her head.

“I really need to shop in the men’s section more often,” she replied.

Come to think of it, the last time we went to the J.Crew warehouse sale my girlfriend Sarah bought this men’s sweater that has me envying her every time she wears it. There’s just something about the way she looks in it that just says “I’m so much more comfortable than you right now… and I look way cooler too.”

Sweater envy. That’s what this trend has done to me.

In closing, I think the boyfriend sweater is a great thing. You probably won’t see me at The Gap anytime soon buying a sweater that is a made for a girl, meant to look like it was made for a guy, intended for the girl to look like she stole the sweater from a guy, but also costs more than the guy would have paid for it in the first place… That’s all a little too confusing for me. Instead, I will just continue to raid my man’s closet.

I highly suggest you do the same.