Did anyone else get in on the insane clearance sale Old Navy had a few weeks back? It was Mother's Day Weekend, I recall. Additional 50% off clearance...can't beat it. Old Navy is really hit-or-miss with me. Sometimes I find great stuff at great prices. Other times I find mediocre stuff at mediocre prices. But I always give ON a chance, especially at their Mall of America flagship store. This time, I hit the jackpot. Two of my purchases debuted in the easy-breezy ensemble shown above.
Ahhh...clearance. It's the backbone of my shopping "career". I'm pretty established in my store choices. My regular shops typically meet 2 criteria:
1. Clearance. If a store isn't willing to mark down their off-season items at least 50%, you probably won't find me there.
2. Atmosphere. If a store is so dark I can't see the merchandise, if the staff is unfriendly, if the music is too loud, if the whole store smells like a "baby prostitute" (thank you, Lindsay Lohan), you won't find me there.
Based on this, you may assume that there are a few chain stores I do not frequent. Hollister and Abercrombie come to mind first, but there are others as well. Not sure what triggered the change of mind, but sometime mid-high school I suddenly didn't care about brands or what everyone else was wearing. I not only wanted my clothes to be fun, but wanted the experience of buying them to be enjoyable too.
Thus my store criteria was born.
How 'bout you? Are there stores you avoid for very specific reasons? Are there store you never pass up? What's your criteria?
Cardigan: Old NavyBlouse: DEB, many moons ago
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Impo via DSW
Purse: Ecko Red via TJMaxx