True, that in much of the country there’s still snow on the ground, but along with the Presidential inauguration and Martin Luther King Day, this three-day weekend also kicks off the start of the Spring shopping season. Too soon, you say? Not really. If you don’t want to get shut out of the cutest looks, you’d best loosen those purse strings.
The forecast is high-low with a touch of dazzle. . .
Because they have stylists and nearly unlimited budgets, the easiest way to know which trends to seek and which to skip is to check out what the stars are wearing. The new Face of Faviana, Ashley Benson, is always posting new looks on her site, while the hilarious Fug Girls critique the Golden Globes red carpet looks if you’re in the market for formal wear. Style blogs like The Coveted, Refinery 29, and Not Couture are all fantastic and informative trendcasting sites.
Save now, wear later
While it may seem like the post-Christmas sales just ended, Spring savings are only just beginning. And while prices may go down even further at some point in time, now is the time to jump so you don’t miss out on that cute romper or gorgeous gown later in the season. Blogs like The Budget Babe, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style and The Budget Fashionista will show you how to stay within your budget, but look like you didn’t, while sites such as Retail Me Not offer actual coupons and promo codes you can use.
Stay on track
If you’re like most shoppers, when you leave the house with just a vague idea of what you might buy, you wind up coming home with some really crazy pieces . . . like those Jeffrey Campbell heels that nobody but Lady Gaga can walk in without falling on her face, or an ill-fitting pair of pleather hot pants. If you’re shopping for prom, stick to stores that sell prom dresses—no wandering through REI on the way. You need heels, not hiking boots!