My inbox is FLOODED with sale offers and promotions from various sites that I have purchased from in the past. “Free Shipping on Orders over $75!”, “20% Off Purchases of $100+!”, “Buy One Pair Get One Half Off!”.
Blah blah blah. These types of sales usually result in making you spend more than you originally planned to, which pretty much defeats the entire concept of saving money. I have fallen prey to this endless game and you have too. But there is one sale that I have a hard time ignoring.
The Express 40% Everything Sale.
Recently I’ve been adding a professional section to my wardrobe. My style is usually that of a more “boho” look but there’s sometimes when you really need to call in the button downs and tailored pants. I’ll be attending graduate school in the fall, so it’s no more playing around. My appearance has to match my professional level of skill. I’m also a sucker for the 1970’s journalist style…crisp button downs, knee length skirts and shoes with ankle straps (for interviews, not for being out in the field – not trying to kill my feet here.)
Express is pretty pricey and I have to really need something professional looking in a hurry to spend that kind of money on one piece. Tailored pants go for around $90 while the button downs range from $50-$75. With their 40% sale you can buy one of everything and not break your bank.
Not bad. So this last trip I bought one portafino shirt, two skirts, one dress and one pair of tailored pants and spent $190. Not cheap per se but for what I got it’s a great deal. I have done this haul one other time when I first discovered the 40% off deal and in total I know have an entire professional wardrobe – six portafino button downs, tailored pants in black, grey and khaki, two dresses for cocktail, one business skirt and one dressy cocktail skirt and one pair of shoes for less than $400.
So there you have it, my first haul on this *new* blog. I think it’s always very important to have a solid wardrobe for professional wear, especially professional wear that you can mix and match with more casual pieces. That’s why I highly recommend this sale, even though their prices may not be the thrift store prices I love. A good business suit will run a couple hundred, so I made out pretty good.
I hate wearing “business attire” because it makes me feel like I’m stifled but these pieces I found at Express allow me to get a bit creative, even if it’s only in the shoes. There’s a fine line between looking professional and looking like you’re trying to be professional and then there’s the little part of looking professional AND effortless. I try to strive for the latter.
Are you a dude? I always try and buy at least one thing for my boyfriend whenever they have this sale as well. Their button downs, which usually retail around $70 I can get for $40 and they fit very well – they have three different fits to choose from.
The sale runs till Monday but if you can’t make it don’t worry – they have them almost once a month.
Photographs of me done by Andrew Windham.