Quick, which one of these bracelets costs more?
Here's a second look to help you out . . .
I posted the top pic on facebook the other day to see if people could tell. A few people knew the more expensive one but the less expensive one got a lot of gueses. The pink bangle is by Kenneth Jay Lane and retails for $180, I considered myself lucky when I found it on eBay for $135. Yeah, yeah - that's insane, I know. The blue bangle on the other hand is the latest from a Facebook flash sale. It's a little smaller, lighter and slightly less embellished than its expensive friend but it definitely achieves the look. I should mention the pink is the most coveted color and I've yet to find a designer inspired pink bangle but there's a lot to say about switching colors and saving $120.
In general I've noticed if you "have to have" something as soon as it's released or its a unique item you want really badly you're going to pay top price. But, if you're a little patient, research the trends, and search for alternatives you can score some great look for less deals. For example . . .
Target offers a $22 seersucker dress very similar to the Lilly $198 version
Old Navy is another great place I like to go for "looks like Lilly" items. The $27 ON dress looks a lot like the $188 Briella
I really love Kate Spade jewelry but not the prices, lucky for me I can often find the look through facebook sales , Forever 21( hooray for Memphis getting one) , or Charming Charlie's. These Foreever 21 lemon slice earrings are slightly less emblessihed but at $3.80 are a fraction of the price and come with two other fruity pairs vs the $58 KS version.
I used to use magazines as my "in style" fashion guidence but as I've grown older flipping through magazines has fallen into my ain't nobody got time for that category. Plus with the digital age information is available faster. Now I tend to start with the key brands I follow, see what they are offering for the upcoming season, notice common trends among them (can Chevron prints please just die already?) and decide what I want mt new "looks" to be. For the most part I doenjoy that Lilly doesn't follow trends too heavily, they will always offer bright prints and there's no shame is wearing last season's print, and because they always offer warm weather clothes before it's warm where I live and the fall collection comes out before the fall weather I can patiently wait for GWPs or price reductions. I'm also a huge fan of balancing out my waredrobe with staple pieces, I'll do another post on those in the future. But for non printed items there's plenty of options at different price points for a season's given look. I found the target dress while browsing online and the Old Navy dress while in store, since I was already familiar with the Lilly collection it made spoting the "looks" easier. When it comes to fashion, patience is indeed a virtue.