Have you ever been flipping through a magazine only to find the coat about which you had been dreaming only to find out it cost as much as your rent? Do you get frustrated when you’re shopping and every pair of boots you pick up exceeds your budget for the entire season? You are not along, regardless of income bracket. But don’t give up or give in to much cheaper, inferior versions of your desires.

End of season shopping is the answer. Sales are no longer limited to random sizes or the rejects. You can now find coveted pieces from all your favorite designers from top stores such as Ssense, Barneys, Saks, Opening Ceremony, and Matches. My suggestion is to ignore really trendy pieces which will not have longevity in your wardrobe. Spend a little more (but under that original month’s rent price tag) and invest in key pieces (items such as shoes, boots, bags and coats) that will stand the test of time and that you can own and love for years. One statement and/or classic coat will give you much more satisfaction than three or four sad smocks which never really fit and you never really loved anyway.
One of my favorite “End of Season” sales is with Canadian online retailer Ssense. They carry everything from high end designers like Tom Ford and Versace to more accessible designers like Vans and Levis. Some of my go-to staples have been bought at SSense during the sale. If you’re looking for a great, black ankle boot, there is great one from MM6 (Margiela). The original price was $575 and is now 66% off at $196. If this style is not for you, there are a ton of other great boot/shoe finds here for you. Again, it’s about investing in something which you will have for years, and that makes you feel good while wearing.
Head over to Net-a-Porter to find a great trench-coat from Simon Miller, acclaimed Los Angeles designer known for his fabrications and washes.  The line is made from Japanese textiles and produced in the U.S. This isn’t your classic trench, but it’s just special enough to make a statement, and at the same time not too conceptual that it won’t give you longevity. Priced at $286 (with an extra 20% off) from $715, this is a treat you deserve.
Local fave and Parson’s alum, Tara Zadeh, has been selling her bags at all the It boutiques. Brown’s has one of my favorite Styles at 50% off for $367. This handcrafted, cross shoulder bag in suede is that special bag you haven’t yet realized you need. With a great shape and size, it will become your go-to bag no matter where you may be heading.
While some of these pieces may not be for you, or they still may be out of your price range, what’s important in styling oneself is building confidence and awareness. Clothing is more than fabric, more than just a covering or bare necessity; our appearance is a manifestation of how we feel about ourselves. It’s an indication of who we are and who we aspire to be.
Valerie Steele, curator at FIT’s Fashion Museum and the first person to receive a PhD in Fashion, states, ” Unlike art, the consumption of fashion is not based primarily on knowledge or education but functions through visual awareness, a type of sensuality and perception of the corporeal self. The item of clothing that makes us feel powerful is the one that makes us feel confident and self-assured, that magically makes us look our best in all kinds of circumstances.” So, the next time you may be debating whether to buy a particular coat, think about all the levels of joy and (self) expression it will give to you.

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