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Things That Will Cost More in 2012

Tweet I know I am getting old(er) when I start saying things like “I can’t believe I can’t get a pair of wool pants for $25 anymore!” or “I remember when movies were just $5 a ticket!”. New year, new pricing increases, so I found this article: 11 things that will be more expensive in […]

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“Investment Clothing”: Investments That Aren’t

Tweet When is an “investment” not an investment? When it comes to “investment clothing” or “investment pieces.” According to dictionary.com, the first definition of “investment” is: the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value. Despite what fashion magazines say, clothing is not an investment […]

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Hit Unsubscribe Button On Store Emails

Tweet As recently as a month ago, I was subscribed to the following store emails: Gilt Hautelook RueLaLa Gap Banana Republic J. Crew Ideeli Jetsetter Voyage Prive Talbots Urban Outfitters Vacationist LivingSocial LivingSocial Escapes Groupon Zozi CozyCot Sephora Ann Taylor Ann Taylor Loft [Takes a BIG breath]. One night, in a frenzy of inspiration after […]

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Clothing Alterations Are Expensive!

Tweet It can be a challenge to find off-the-rack clothes that fit well, especially if you’re a “special” size in the eyes of the retail industry (i.e. petite or plus). I’ve come to realize that it’s worth the money to invest in good clothing alterations. Last year, I purchased a great olive green vest from […]

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Interesting Facts About Off-Price Retailers (i.e. TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc.)

Tweet TJ Maxx Event This morning I had the pleasure of going to a TJ Maxx event held for bloggers (thanks to @happysquid), where we went on a “behind-the-scenes” tour and listened to Allison Deyette, a fashion consultant, talk about latest trends for the fall. (below: the backroom where 10,000 pieces are processed every week) […]

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Profits & Markups in the Fashion Industry (or, Did Banana Republic Make Money Off My $20 Dress?)

Tweet Given the proliferation of recession sales lately, I’ve been wondering about its effects on retailers, specifically women’s apparel. I recently purchased a linen dress from Banana Republic. It’s MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) is $98, but after several discounts, I purchased the dress for $20. So, how much of a markup did Banana Republic still receive? Did the retailer still […]

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