Depending on which side you stand and what your interests are the back to school can be exciting because of new clothes or not. In the past, it didn’t amused me fashion-wise because of the Must-haves. Read what are the Must-haves on my back to school shopping list this year and how I cut the costs without scarifying quality or style. And you can do it too.
- Alaska Back to School Means Online Shopping
- How You Can Save on Your Back to School Shopping List Must-haves Today
- In the 1970s, Back to School Meant Winter Clothes Shopping
- Back to School Meant Downgrading Sunday’s Best
- Wear Your Clothes like You Mean It
- Top of the World Style linkup No. 319
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Alaska Back to School Means Online Shopping
In Alaska, summer comes to an end in mid August and means back to school shopping. At that time, fall is in full swing and I typically have started building my wardrobe for the cold season. This means I have identified what I need and my shopping list is priotized into Must-haves and Maybes.
Except when living in the Anchorage area, most Alaskans have to rely on online stores to update their wardrobe. In Fairbanks and Juneau, the two other cities with more than 30000 inhabitants, only special niche stores exist like shops for wedding attire, outdoor and harsh weather clothing. Unfortunately, when these stores have something nice, Alaskans buy it in all colors.
Well there is also Value Village. While one woman’s trash may be another woman’s treasure, you can’t rely on them to update your wardrobe.
What’s on my List?
- A lightweight cashmere cardigan
- A cashmere collared sweater
- A chunky ribbed grandma cardigan
How You Can Save on Your Back to School Shopping List Must-haves
The best option to get high quality items online is becoming a member with Italic. You can shop hundreds of quality apparel and products from the same manufacturers as leading brands for up to 80% less.
In other words, you don’t have to pay for the brand name. I mean it’s not the 1980s anymore where you wore the brand tag outside.
For instance, at Italic, you can find a lightweight cashmere cardigan made by the same manufacturer as Sandro and Maje for just $80. They also offer from the same manufacturer a cashmere collared sweater for $80. I mean that’s hard to beat for cashmere pieces. You can get a chunky ribbed grandma cardigan made of Merino wool from the manufacturer of Sandro and Maje for $55.
In the 1970s, Back to School Meant Winter Clothes Shopping
On the contrary to the US, where school is off from mid May to mid August, or so, in Germany, summer time off was six weeks. The time differed depending on the regions. Even when the vacation where late, it always somehow covered July.
Like everywhere in the world, department stores used the sales to test-drive some new fall trends. During my childhood, there were only two sales, summer final sale and winter final sale. These sales started in July and January, respectively.
Since it was sales time, winter clothes were often not at the full price one would pay later once the season was in full swing. Being frugal, my parents started the shopping for new winter clothes for us during the summer final sales. Thus, I never associated back to school with getting new clothes. On the contrary, …
Back to School Meant Downgrading Sunday’s Best
Depending on when the six weeks had started, mid or end of August was time for back to school. My late mom always insisted on that we kids dressed our best for the first weeks or so. She was a firm believer thatThe first impression is what people stick to. #dress4success Click To Tweet
Since kids grow out of clothes within a season, summer’s Sunday’s Best was now allowed to be worn to school! “…to wear it off” like she would have said.
I never liked this philosophy. Of course, I understood that it made no sense to wear the new clothes already now. They were winter garments, and it was still summer. Even though I was looking forward to wearing them.Never buy clothes when you are not looking forward to wear them. #styletip Click To Tweet
Wear Your Clothes like You Mean It
While I was still growing in height, “keep the new clothes for Sunday’s Best” meant my attire looked like a hand-me downs. I namely had worn it in rotation with a second Sunday’s Best (when I was lucky to have one) every Sunday all summer!
The other “everyday” clothes were cheap finds my mother had picked up in fast fashion stores. When I was older, I refused to wear new clothes on Sundays and wore them to school instead. Of course, I got a lot of critique about that from my family.Wear what you like, when you want it. #fashionover50 Click To Tweet
It’s all about feeling confident in what you wear. I am the kind of gal who thinks that diamonds are not only for the opera and holidays, andLive first class, before your heirs do it. #lifestyle Click To Tweet
However, I am also very down to Earth when it comes to shopping. I would never buy a statement piece when a work horse is needed. And why should I pay for a high-end brand name when I can get an item from the same manufacturer at a fraction of the money by being a member at Italic.
Don’t let your outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.
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