Spring cleaning for me always leads to summer shopping and while the United States are in the steely grip of fast fashion, I propose that we turn toward more sustainable clothing. It is not surprising that clothing is one of the items that clogs our landfills so possible by sacrificing quality, for quantity, we have contributed. The idea of less is more (or lower prices means more clothing in my closet) has penetrated US culture. Although, fashion tells a different story about that signature piece you wear with everything.
The signature piece defines your character and is the key to personal style. Avicii, a swedish Dj ranked 3rd in the world, has this to say:
‘I’ve always worn a lot of Ralph Lauren and plaid shirts in general have been a signature piece for me. With plaid you can look super-relaxed or you can look a bit dress up.’
Can you find that signature piece at a fast fashion store? Of course but it won’t last and signature piece requires it to last so it needs some thought. Enter online outlets stage right! Bluefly, Amazon and flash sale sites have made it easy to shop your favorite brands in season looks but you may not know that some brands have outlets online and you can get emails from other designers when the sample sale season comes calling, there is even a website that alerts you to sample sales in your neighborhood.
Dooney and Bourke just had a great sale on their outlet this memorial day weekend at 70% off! Handbags are my twin sister’s signature and she curates the best ones. So check out these places for high end handbags at lower pieces (you won’t have to worry about fakes):
Mixed brands online
Department store outlets
lastcall.com (Nieman Marcus)
Sign up for email alerts and get the low down on sales. Dooney and Burke’s outlet can only be accessed by email so make sure to sign up on their site.
For an even bigger list, I found this site that lists over 200 stores – http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/outlets/a-z/
Happy Shopping for that signature piece (oh and mine are structured and embellished outer wear)